Two months ago I started using PrEP. Four weeks before starting with PrEP I had a minor HIV risk. 3,5 weeks after this risk I was tested with a PCR HIV test and a few days later (4 weeks after the risk) I was tested with a 4th generation HIV test again, both to make sure I wasn't HIV positive before starting with PrEP. Both tests were negative, so I started with the PrEP. Were these tests a good indication of my status?
A month after starting with PrEP I was again tested with a 4th generation HIV test, which also came back negative. Now my question is whether the PrEP could influence the test results of this HIV test. If the initial tests before starting with PrEP were conclusive this doesn't really matter of course, but if they weren't I was wondering if the result of my last test could be a false negative. My health care provider says PrEP doesn't influence HIV testing, but I just wanted to be sure. Thanks in advance!
Hi thank you for the great work you guys do. I need some advice about my situation
I'm a gay male when I was a child I was sexually assaulted by a man as result I contracted Hepatitis B and became a chronic carrier unfortunately and have been living with Hepatitis b since then and I'm an active carrier. I like a guy I met in a bar recently and when I wanted to disclose my status to him, he disclosed first and told me that he is HIV positive and hasn't started treatment yet ( we are both 23 years old). I'm really scared that if we go intimate, we might infect each other with our diseases. I'm not sure if the hepatitis b vaccine can work for him as he has HIV and his immune system is weak. Is there a way that we can have a healthy relationship without passing our infections to each other? I'm willing to fight till the end because I really like him and his status wouldn't matter to me , but what matter to me is my status because I don't want to infect him and make his situation worse and of course I have no interest in becoming HIV positive also.
Any advice would be great What should I do?
Thank you very much
I had a lot of risk (gay, anal receptive, unprotected) in San Francisco about 21 months ago before getting sober from alcohol. Two months later, I came down with night sweats/fevers, sore throat, no energy, loss of appetite and had to go to half days at work for a few weeks. My doctor sent me to an oncologist thinking I may have leukemia. The oncologist thought it was HIV, but my doctor said I was testing negative. My oncologist did a bone marrow biopsy and found it to be negative for cancer. I tested just 3 months ago (blood test through my San Francisco doctor who works with patients who have HIV), and I tested negative again.
However, in the last 3 weeks the afternoon/night fever/sweats have returned and a slight sore throat. I was on Truvada (rarely) during the risk period 21 months ago before getting sober from alcohol. But since then, I have regularly taken my Truvada. Could this skew the test result?
Could this be HIV? Is it possible that I was infected and the blood tests don't show it because of the Truvada? A friend of mine said he got violently ill and did not test positive during that time. It took a year before he tested positive and he wasn't on Truvada.
I have an oral sex from Jan 15th 2016. My local doctor prescribed PrEP with "tenofovir disoproxil and emtricitabine". I completed the medication in Feb 11th 2016. 2 weeks later, I took the 4th generation test (combi test) and negative. I am going to take the test after 3 months on this weekend by rapid test as my local doctor's requirements. However, I am so worried and stressed that it turns into positive. Could you please help to advise my likelihood of negative status in this case?
Thanks so much,
In 3 december 2015 . I had sex without condom with girl and i was worry . In 13 december 2015 i took the girl for test hiv and she had oraquick test and she was negative .
In the same day i had another sex with her without condom . Then i was worry . I went to took test in 19 december its call hiv rna qulatitive and it was negative .
After 35 days from the second relation i had another test its call hiv1&2 antigen antibody . And was negative But i dont know with generation .
And i went again after 58 days after second relation to same test and was negative .
And i went again after80 days from second relation that happened on 13 december to the same test hiv1&2 antigen& antibody and i had result after two hours and the result was negative .
And i went to doctor for blood and he ask me for cd4/cd8 ratio and thr result was 2 and he told me you dont have any problem in your immune system , and the test for immune system did after two month from the second relation that happened on december 13 . Do you think i need mor test or im ok . Thank u
I understand that testing 3 months after last dose of PEP is required for a conclusive results, but what about taking PREP? What's the window period while a person is taking prep?
I have been taking Prep for two months, and I have a 4th gen test negative 45 days after last dose of prep, and a 3rd gen test negative 12 weeks after last dose of prep. Can I consider this results as conclusive?
I have very unhappy life this previews 3 months.
I have a boyfriend who already in relationship with me since January 2015. If you asking about my role, I am the TOP. Since the beginning i usually had sex without condom as I feel safe, only have sex with my partner.
But life has changed, when one day on 27 November 2015 my boyfriend told me that he was diagnosed HIV positive, on October 2015. I was shocked, and I decided to take the test in the same day when he disclose his HIV status. on that day I, i remembered that it was 2 months since the last time I have unprotected sex with him. It was 2 months since the last possibility exposed by the HIV virus. And the result becomes NEGATIVE. But the nurse told me that I have to take the test 3 months from the first test I took. Now today is almost 3 months since the last test I took. I am so crazy this last many months, wondering that my result will change to be POSITIVE. I have many question:
1. How it is possible when my boyfriend is positive, and i am negative this far, since I always had an unprotected sex.
2. Does my test will be changed in my next test? How accurate my first test in 2 months after exposure?
3. Is it 100% I will be HIV positive since I had sex with HIV + people?
4. Is it possible for me to continue my relationship with him? I love him so much.
I am definitely looking forward your your reply. I am so freaking out.
Sorry about my post being too long but I have somewhat specific situation and I have not found the info on the net that would calm me down even though I ve been reading about HIV in the past 5-6 weeks.I have been through probably the worst few weeks of my life so far (and Im not trying to be dramatic). I have several questions and this forum seems the best place to bring it up.
So I am dating a guy since August who claimed to be negative as his test in June was negative. I was still insisting that he did a recent test as I also did one myself. On 17 Dec he turned out to be HIV positive and admitted having a risky encounter back in May (which his June test did not pick up). He was also devastated by the news so I believed him and stayed with him as I really didnt/dont want this to be any reason for a break up. However, this situation is not easy especially that I am still not sure about my status.
We had more and more unprotected sex as time passed in our relationship since I started to become more confident with him. I was bottom 100% of the time and I would say we had maybe 10% unprotected, never with ejaculation though. Since it is a distance relationship the encounters were on a 2-3 week basis. The last risky unprotected encounter was on 13 Dec. I was tested negative on 18th Dec right after he told me the bad news (I was already too late for PEP). On 2 Jan we had an unfortunate condom accident after which I immediately started PEP and I am currently doing it. Basically we found something whitish on the outside of the condom.
I was tested negative again before the PEP started on 2nd Jan (3 weeks after last unprotected encounter) and on the 18th Jan (5 weeks after unprotected sex and 2 weeks into PEP). About a week before my last test I had very bad flu like symptoms (sore throat, headache, shivering, sweating, swollen glands) but it faded away as quickly as it came within 24 hours.
My test centre uses 4th generation testing. I am confused a bit about the effect PEP has on the results.
So my questions are:
1. If I was tested negative on my last test 5 weeks after the last unprotected encounter but 2 weeks into PEP can I take it more or less accurate or the 2 week PEP alters this? (I know about PEP altering the test but my case is again somewhat special as the 3 weeks could have been enough to produce enough antibodies, right? Or the PEP can also reduce the number of such antibodies over time?) The last unprotected encounter worries me much more than the condom accident. So if I can somehow be sure about that encounter I will feel much better.
2. Should the symptoms I had for only 24 hours worry me?
3. My HIV specialist foresees the next test on 11 Feb (5.5 weeks after starting PEP and almost 9 weeks after last unprotected sex). Is this a correct time? Can I sleep better after this test in case it is neg?
4. I really dont want this to be a reason for break up as I love my BF and I want to be there to help him through these very bad times he is going through (he started the ART 10 days ago, and he is going through depression - me being the only one he can rely on). But I cannot live my life continuously taking PEP. Is there anyone here who is in a mix-status relationship? It would be great to hear some good practices we should get used to in order to live happy in such a relationship. (of course he sticks to his medication regimen, fortunately so far no side effects and he is also very worried about my status, and he loves me too :) ).
That's the story. Thanks a lot for reading and for all the info you may have.
hello, I have been wondering about this and it makes no sense to me to test for antibodies rather then the actual virus.
Why is it that most clinics prefer to test for antibodies rather than the virus itself. Also there is not enough education about prep. In my case after a risky activity, I ended up waiting six weeks for an antibody test and now I have to wait another4 1/2 months according to my dr to be conclusive. I didnt even know a thing like prep existed. In addition, i am so freaking nervous after getting my negative at six weeks. I started feeling sick right after I got my negative result. I had a sore throat for a day or two and a small bump on the left side of my neck. Im so nervous i dont even want to go back. It is very hard to deal with the stress and anxiety of having to go and re test....is it possible that my test was accurate after six weeks?
I have question about a recent incident. I met someone for a date and after a couple drinks we went back to my place. We made out a lot (deep kissing), he sucked my penis for a short bit (I didn't suck him), and then performed mutual masturbation. After he ejaculated, I licked his scrotum and did taste some seamen. I do have minor gingivitis - I had brushed three hours earlier before we met, but I wasn't bleeding profusely (a very tiny bit). The next day we were chatting and he told me he was on Prep, and that since his last test in November has had unprotected sex with his ex. Am I risk for exposure? Should I consult a doctor about Pep. This happened on Saturday night, so I have until Tuesday night.
Thank you for all your help!