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An_253692 posted:
My daughter disclosed to me that she was exposed to HIV. She denies that he has been tested for HIV. He also is not high risk. She told me she had ARS 3 days after she was with him. She also has the echoviris and chronic fatigue. I am now suffering with bipolar depression I am so upset I dont feel I can go back to work until she has been tested which is 3 months from now I don't know how to handle this. Please help me.
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shaunw84 responded:
ARS symptoms will not appear in 3 days. During that period, the virus is still in what's called the eclipse period and so low that even the best tests cannot detect it.

Her risk for getting HIV is relatively low. If he is a hetrosexual, probably 1/1000 chance that he even has HIV. Her risk even if he is infected would be about 1/1000. If you combine these two, her chances are about 1 in a million. These are statistics taken from the CDC.

Keep in mind that there are couples where one is positive and the other is negative -- even homosexual couples, who have gone 5 years without transmission.

In short, exposure does not mean infection.

Your daughter does not have to wait 3 months. That's with the old tests. Unfortunately, many doctors don't keep up with HIV testing and the CDC now recommends the 4th generation test. It's also called a duo or ag-ab test sometimes. She'll have to specifically ask her doctor.

The 4th generation test is conclusive at 4 weeks in the UK. A recent article in aidsmap said it was considered conclusive by the CDC after 3 weeks. Although, I still believe 4 weeks is best. That's because what the test is looking for peaks around that time.

Please don't worry. As someone who is suffering from depression, it's easy to be worried and focus on a single problem. But most likely your daughter did not get HIV from her exposure. And definitely do not wait for 3 months!!!

Be well


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