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    Scared, please help
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    An_252508 posted:
    Hi Doctor,
    I am male, 32 years old. I had a sex encounter with a female escort (her status is unknown) with whom I had done unprotected sex; but it was literally only for a couple of sec before I regained my consciousness and withdrew. I understand anytime there is unprotected sex, there is always a risk. I did a complete STD panel test (HIV, Herpes, Gonorrhea, HEP etc) from STDALERT.com after 8 weeks (9th week) and it all came out negative. I believe they use the latest generation HIV testing. But, I am still worried and scared to go for the 3 months test. Can you please let me know how good my earlier results are and would I need another round of testing? A quick response is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    georgiagail responded:
    An HIV screening test done one month post a possible exposure is considered to be 95 percent accurate; that is, 95 percent of newly infected folks will have enough antibodies present to be picked up by current testing methods.

    By 3 months, this has increased to 99.9 percent.

    At 9 weeks the stats fall somewhere inbetween the two.

    Thus, it is HIGHLY (and I do mean highly) unlikely that one would test negative in the 9th week and positive in the 12th week. Especially since your "exposure" involved just a few seconds of sexual contact.

    In other words, stop worrying about this. You are HIV negative (and also negative for the other STD's you tested for)..

    Gail
     
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    nicksk replied to georgiagail's response:
    Thank you so much for the information. I will be careful from here on.


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