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Slower than average seroconversion time, implications?
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dskman posted:
So I just tested again at 5 and 4 weeks past exposure respectively, which I am more than 90% sure caused me to be infected with HIV. The results however still show I am negative for antibodies.

I was reading that 90% of people should test positive by 4 weeks, so it seems like I could be seroconverting slowly, despite my quick and severe ARS symptoms a few weeks ago. Could the slow seroconversion be due low level infection, because it was from oral sex?

Do people who produce antibodies slower than average to HIV tend to do worst over all, or do they tend to do about the same?
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dskman responded:
What is odd is my ARS ended weeks ago, you would think I would have detectable antibodies by now. Maybe I can't produce antibodes that oraquick can detect?
 
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dskman responded:
A side comment,

I went to an HIV clinic on Friday, but I didn't get tested because I found out they only allow testing once every 3 months. So I decided to wait to use their test.

However I was talking to the person, and he seemed very surprised that I would be buying HIV test every month. In fact I got the impression he thinks I have some kind irrational fear of HIV, and need counseling. I don't understand what is so wrong with someone testing frequently, HIV is a major risk and we need to keep testing to detect it as soon as possible.

It is clear to me that I am in great danger of HIV infection, given my exposure to homosexual men, and the high percent of them who have HIV. People say oral sex has a very low rate of infection, but I don't buy that. I read so many stories of people who said they have been infected from oral sex.
 
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georgiagail replied to dskman's response:
"Could the slow seroconversion be due low level infection, because it was from oral sex?"


No. If you were HIV positive, HOW you acquired the virus would have no effect on the rate of seroconversion.


"I read so many stories of people who said they have been infected from oral sex".

Don't believe these stories.

Gail
 
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dskman replied to georgiagail's response:
Does the strong possibility that I am taking longer than 4 or 5 weeks to convert, have any implications for me?
 
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georgiagail replied to dskman's response:
Yes. That you are not producing antibodies because you are HIV negative and thus there are no antibodies to produce to this virus.

Gail
 
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dskman replied to georgiagail's response:
Gail would you agree that the majority of people who experience ALL or nearly ALL of the hallmark symptoms of HIV ARS will test positive eventually?
 
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georgiagail replied to dskman's response:
Nope....


The "hallmark" symptoms of ARS are "flu like" in nature.
Sometimes folks just get the flu. Doesn't mean they are HIV positive.


I NEVER try to diagnose HIV by symptoms. In fact, just about everyone who has posted on this list convinced that their "symptoms" must mean they are positive end up being quite surprised (and hopefully so) that testing shows they are not.

Gail


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