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HELLO I AM 35 YEAR OLD MAN FROM DELHI INDIA. I HAD PHYSICAL RELATION WITH A GIRL FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS. (ALWAYS PROTECTED) THE LAST ENCOUNTER WAS ON 18/07/15. I AM MENTALLY DISTURBED & THINKING ABOUT HIV INFECTION. I HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR HIV ANTIBODIES TESTS
FIRST ON 26/07/15 (HIV 1 & 2 P24 ANTIGEN COMBO)
SECOND ON 09/10/15 (RAPID )
THIRD ON 14/11/15 (HIV 1 & 2 P24 ANTIGEN COMBO)
FOURTH ON 20/11/15 (RAPID)
LAST ON 13/01/16 (RAPID)
ALL THE TIME THE RESULT IS NON REACTIVE.. CAN A MAN TAKE MORE THAN SIX MONTHS TO TEST HIV POSITIVE. DO I NEED FURTHER TESTING OR ANOTHER TYPE OF TEST OR ITS OK

HIV rapid test and time-windows

hello,

I took a rapid test at the 6 month mark since last exposure and tested negative, however it may have been 5 months (to play it safe). Is my result still negative or is more testing required? The test I took had two indicator lines, here's a picture of the test I believe: http://www.reportageonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/rapid-tests2.jpg I believe it was the combo but not sure, but It looked very similar to the one in the middle because it had a baseline on top and two indicators on the bottom.

The CDC states on their website that at the 3 month mark a rapid test is 97% accurate, this has made me question my results, I read on your website that 3 months is definitive, but the CDC states otherwise, is their information outdated? Is the remaining 3% attributed to the PEP, hep c treatments, and chemo? And if so can you please link a source or explain the 3% margin, I'm feeling some anxiety over it.

Thank you for your time

Follow up: what is the generation of Rapid Kits ?

Hi,
After Completion of 89 days I took TRIDOT Rapid HIV 1/2 Antibody test. It was Negative. Thanks for your Quality of Information about HIV related issues.

Please make a comment about my 89 days Test results! and Let us Know the TRIDOT Generation and Accuracy.

Regards,
From India.

Chance of a Rapid HIV Negative Test at 3 months turning positive?

Hi,

First off thank you for the work that you do every day in helping folks with questions on such a terrifying disease. I am a young man who has had sex before, but I only recently started thinking about the dangers of sex and the transmission of HIV/STDs. Here is my question. Apart from the other times I've had sex in the past, I had sex with two callgirls, one in October and one in November. The first one was just oral and vaginal sex, but the other was vaginal and anal sex, again, all protected. Both told me they were HIV negative, but since then, I've had no sexual encounters altogether (mostly because I am just scared out of my mind).

I took an INSTI Rapid Test 66 Days (9 Weeks), 82 Days (11 Weeks), and then a final test at 95 Days (13 Weeks), all of which came back negative. I get that there was low risk to start, but so much stuff I read says 6 months is conclusive or 1 year is conclusive. What really worries me is that I'm in that 0.01% that receives a false-negative, only to test positive down the road. In these three months I have had headaches, a sore-throat, and sometimes have felt fatigue, but these have all been for 1 or 2 days at a time, or could be logically explained by something else - like walking out in the cold or not stretched before a workout.

I realize this all may be very trivial as opposed to other questions, but I just can't get this fear out of my head and would like to know what my chances are, realistically, of testing HIV-positive after the three tests that I mentioned above? One other issue of concern for me is that diabetes runs in my family, which I've heard can sometimes cause autoimmune problems - one of the reasons a 3-month HIV test is sometimes not reliable. I have not been diagnosed with diabetes or any autoimmune problems, but if I were to be living with diabetes and not know, could that have affected the three negative HIV tests I have already had?

Any help would be much appreciated. I just really want to see a day where the thought of HIV doesn't cross my mind in the span of 24 hours. Thanks?

impetigo, test results, prequalification

I tested for hiv seven months ago. my last exposure was about eight months ago but before that i have had other exposures. i just got infected with impertigo a skin diseases found among hiv positives. even though my test was negative it makes me fearful because of the disease and the test kit which was used.it is called first rapid response to hiv test 1.2.0. it is usaid approved but not WHO prequalified.pls any idea about WHO prequalification.
Thanks and eagerly waiting for reply.

Rapid Point-of-Care follow-up

Hi - I posted this earlier in the year:
http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/strip-club-fear-coldsore

As a follow-up, I have had a Rapid Point-of-Care test at 4 weeks and then 9 weeks (less 2 days). Both of which came back negative. I understand the window period is 12 weeks, however, how accurate can I consider the results from the above two tests?

I am fighting a large amount of anxiety and compulsions to get tested over and over again.

HIV Testing Philippines / 9 weeks non-reactive

Greetings Helpline,

I am a male from the Philippines. Had my last possible exposure last December 2015. After that, and I feel I should be responsible with my health I had the following test to be sure that I am okay, I am free from HIV and won't be infecting others.

I had the following test and all are (Immunochromatographic Assay Rapid Test, Determine HIV-1/2 - Antibody Test.

Test Results are as follow:
23 days - non-reactive
37 days - non-reactive
53 days - non-reactive
63 days - non-reactive

My questions are as follow.
1) How reliable are my test (Immunochromatographic Rapid Test, Determine HIV-1/2 - Antibody Test) that looks for antibodies 9 weeks after last possible exposure?
2) Why is it in our country they still reco the 6 month long conclusive testing that surely ain't helping individuals that are experiencing anxiety? Would I be safe with a 3 month conclusive testing as given by WHO and recommended by specialist in the field?
3) How confident can I be that may 7 weeks, and 9 weeks HIV non-reactive test won't change on the 3 month mark? I will be having my last test this March 2016 to clear and have a conclusive result.

Thank you so much! You guys are helping individuals like me who are concerned, given that here in our country they reco 6 month which is un-acceptable specially if your non in PEP, do not have a week immune system and etc.

Hoping to hear from you guys! All the best!

What should I do?

I had protected sex with a female csw 15 months ago.Condom was intact till the end.Later I found her she is postive.Since that I am suffering from lots of symptoms like swollen lymph nodes in neck,white tongue,loose stool and sometimes shortness of breathing.Recently I noticed significant curving of my nail.I have been suffering from low grade fever for 2 weeks.I've tested negative several times with 3rd generation antibody test 13 weeks rapid test,24 weeks elisa,28 weeks rapid test.Now my questions are.

1.What are the chances of me being seronegative infection infected but did not produce antibody?
2.Are my symptoms typical of HIV infection?
3.Should I go for PCR test?
4.Have you seen any case when beyond the window period someone is antibody negative but detectable in PCR?
5.Was I at risk in the first place?
5.What should I do now?

Protected sex and CARD TEST

Hi,

I had protected vaginal sex with a CSW three months before and have taken a CARD Test (Screening test) yesterday that is after about 95 days of exposure. Result came negative. I felt very happy and bought a beautiful gift for my gift and took a pledge that never again with a pros. Can I take the result as conclusive. Should I take a test again after 3 months.

Unprotected oral sex, cum in mouth

Hi, I am a 23 years old male. 6 weeks ago I was given an unprotected oral sex (fellatio+ anal rimming) for about 10-15 minutes by a massage lady. It ended up with me cum in her mouth and it was painful to my penis. Luckily I did not injure my penis. I did not know was there any cuts/ sores/ bleeding in her mouth due to bad gum health. And I forgot to ask her whether she is clean. A week later I had 2 days of running nose and diarrhea. By the 10th days I had a swollen nodule at the back of my palate and it was painful for 2-3 days. It wasn't an ulcer. That caused a bit of sore throat. I then had a Rapid test done and it turned out to be negative. By the 3rd week, I experienced joint pain at my left knee and ankle for 4-5 days. Now in the 6th week, I am experiencing some discomfort under my left armpit. I could feel a nodule there, but it is only if I pressed hard. Otherwise, I did not experience high fever, body rashes etc. Now I am worried if I could have acquired HIV from my previous unprotected oral sex. Please enlighten.

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