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    Scared, please help
    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 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.
    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)..

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

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