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Help pls, Ag/Ab Testing + INSTI

Hello everybody, first off all I have to say thank YOU for the job you are doing here. Second, excuse my english skills. My problem, which is making me very anxious and nervous is, that I had unprotected vaginal exposure with a woman with unknown HIV status. So 22 days after this exposure I went to the labratory for HIV 1,2 Agp24/Ab test using chemiluminiscence detection, the result was negative with marker 0,13. Than 33 days after exposure i tested myself with INSTI test - also came out negative. Can you just tell me if this results are somehow reliable? For sure I will go for another test after 8 weeks, but I am so anxious, still searching symptoms on my body. Thank you for the answer. Greg

Worried ars hiv

I had protected vaginal sex as the insertive partner thrice the same night and unprotected oral as receptive partner with a high risk individual. Though i could not ejaculate due to anxiety, she had multiple orgasms. Exactly 23 days after the exposure i had thrush for two days followed by two sores beneath my thongue which resolved after a day. Since then i have had tender sore lymph nodes neck, both ampits, left collarbone. I also had a rash all of a Sudden On my back which has resolved. Wales up thinking and stearins. No other symptoms as far as i am aware. I understand that all these are classic and specific symptoms for hiv ars so i will test post nine weeks in two weeks. My question is should i be worried of other stds, if so which? Any chance it could be something else? Pls reply. Worried soul

MSM - Unprotected Insertive Anal Sex with HIV Positive male with an Undetectable Viral Load

Hi and thank you for your help,

I [male] had unprotected insertive anal sex [I was the top] a few times with an HIV positive male who has been undetectable for about five years, takes his meds, and has no other STD's/STI's. I had sex with him over the course of a week but just three separated occasions within that time. I tested with a healthcare administered antibody test where blood was drawn then sent to a lab [i apologize I don't know the exact test] at exactly 41 days post the most recent high risk exposure. I have not engaged anyone sexually since. I understand that 12 weeks is conclusive but I was wondering the below:

1.) Is it a general understanding that those 4-5% that don't test positive within the 4-6 week window period (but end up testing positive later on) are possibly battling an existing primary infection or have a chronic disease delaying the production of antibodies and it's these types of reasons that more-so account for antibody tests not being able to detect closer to 100% of infected individuals by 42 days post-exposure?

2.) If the above is the case, wouldn't a very healthy (age 23) individual like myself be theoretically in pretty confident standing with a 41-day negative result given I am a very healthy individual with no chronic diseases, auto immune diseases, or any STD/STI's?

Thank you for your help and guidance.

HIV AG/AB + INSTI detection - nervous like hell

Hello everybody, first off all I have to say thank YOU for the job you are doing here. Second, excuse my english skills, I am not a native speaker. My problem, which is making me very anxious and nervous is, that I had unprotected vaginal exposure with a woman with unknown HIV status. So 22 days after this exposure I went to the labratory for HIV 1,2 Agp24/Ab test using chemiluminiscence detection, the result was negative. Thant 33 days after exposure i tested myself with INSTI test - also came out negative. Can you just tell me if this results are somehow reliable? For sure I will go for another test after 8 weeks, but I am so anxious, still searching symptoms on my body. Thank you for the answer. Greg

reliability of a rapid test

happy new year to all the admin on this great site and every other person, wishing you all the best this year has to offer............please, just want to find out how reliable of a rapid test negative result after nine weeks of very high risk exposure? Will it turn positive if i test again at the 12th week of my high risk exposure?

Broken condom and rapid HIV test at 24 days

Hi. I had a broken condom incident with a lady and then I tested negative at 24 days with a rapid test. Is it likely that my results are going to change later because I am really scared? I hope to have sex soon, and so is there anything that I need to be careful about? Thank you very much

can i contract HIV or HEPATITIS from a used needle

hi i am a lab technician working in hospital, this has happened twice to me, a month ago when i drawn blood from the patient i accidently contacted with small amount of patients blood on my finger which was 2centimeter away from my broken skin and after that i left the blood to dry and washed my hands with water. 3 weeks later i got pimple on my elbow and headache but when i screen my blood it came out non reactive or negative for HIV,,is there any possible ways of contracting HIV or HEPATIS?
One month later also i got pricked by a used needle on my finger while drawing blood again, so i asked the nurse about the history of the patient and she said that the patient was suffering from kidney disease, i didnt care much about this because i gave the blood to one of the lab technician who worked in serology to screen the patients blood and he told me not to worry because the blood is non reactive to HIV, but 2weeks later i got headache and constipation and this is killing me every second of my life because i'm worry if it might be infected with these two diseases, please anyone help me clarify about this because now i cant sleep, cant eat stress all the time.

4th Generation DUO test - Window Period

Hello and thank you in advance.
Please could you give me some information in regards to the 4th Generation EIA (DUO).
Possible Exposures
1 – Random Northern European girl on a night out she performed unprotected oral then brief unprotected vaginal penetration (less than a minute) then she performed unprotected oral again I did not ejaculate.
2 –Random Bulgarian girl on a night out all protected oral and vaginal penetration. Although protected I’m concerned as she seemed a bit unstable after the event as if she should have had intercourse.
I initially had a duo test after two possible exposures the test came back Reactive negative (14 days & 34 days from possible exposure). I was told to come into the clinic where I had 2 POCT both negative (19 days & 39 days from possible exposure) I was told to come back and have another Duo. Duo result weak reactive, Negative(25 days & 46 days from possible exposure) I again had 2 POCT both negative. I was told that the reaction in the DUO tests could have been caused by a recent infection or flue which looks like the p24 antigens/antibodies but after further testing in the lab it was found negative.
After these results I have been in a state of anxiety combined with possible symptoms swollen lymph nodes in left side of my neck stiff neck, night sweats, tingling in toes feet and hands, headache which has been constant for week’s, tightness in chest, chest feeling bruised possible chest infection and generally feeling unwell. Not sure if this could be all down to anxiety/stress.
I decided to have a further tests DUO & POCT both NEGATIVE (42 days & 64 days from possible exposure) BUT symptoms still persist. I have been to the Doctors and have been tested for all manner of things with no conclusion. I am really worried that I have HIV.
I have been told/read that many experts have not seen a Negative HIV Duo test change from 6 weeks to positive at 12 weeks. Is this the case? I’m worried that the two initial Duo tests picked up the antigen (4th Generation EIA (DUO) test looks for both antibodies and p24 antigens. The p24 antigens are detectable immediately and only for 14-28 days post exposure) but the antibodies hadn’t been produced yet giving this reactive negative, weak reactive negative result. I had my final duo result at 6.3 and 9.1 weeks from the possible exposures which came back negative BUT I am not sure if I can trust this based on what has happened so far.
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1982802-overview#aw2aab6b5
The above article says:
"Current evidence has shown a second diagnostic window when using fourth-generation assays. In a case of acute infection, 2 fourth-generation assays were compared with 2 third-generation assays and 1 HIV antigen assay. Reactive results from the fourth-generation assays became negative during a second diagnostic window when HIV-specific antibodies were absent and p24 antigen concentrations declined below the test limits.[16] Similar finding have been reported in other case reports.[17]"
Could this be the case with me could my result at 6.3 and 9.1 weeks from the possible exposure be in the window period where the antigen levels have dropped but the antibodies have not been produced in high enough levels to be detected?
I’m so scared and stressed at the moment and are dreading testing shortly at 12 weeks. Please can you let me know your thoughts and how to comment on your response if necessary?

Unprotected anal sex

U guys r doing great job. I had anal sex two times with a man 3 years before and he also ejaculated inside my anus. And that was unprotected after that i had no exposures. After 3 years i got rapid hiv test done 2 times under the guidance of two different doctors. Both were negative. They said i can move on with my life and get married. Is there any chance in future i spread hiv to my wife and my children. Shall i be worried

Sharing my story with readers! Everyone read carefuly!

Hello Vancouver and all good people-readers!

I want to share my story and i hope that everyone will learn something from it.
Rule number one: Never ever sleep with anyone without condom
Rule number two: Never wait too long to test, because fear will destroy you
Rule number 3: Never ever question your negative hiv test result, because your soul will die..

When i was young and stupid, i had many, many unprotected one night stands. I thought that hiv is something that will happen to someone else but not me. After first cycle of unprotected one night stands i took an hiv test and tested negative, then i promise to myself that i will never ever sleep with anyone without protection. Days were pasing by and i was slowly forgeting about my promise to myself and i forgot terible fear of waiting for results. I was stupid again. A had again new cycle of many unprotected sex-and after that again tested negative. I thought that God is good and that he gave me second chance for life. I was thankful. Then i began to be asexual and using apstinence like protection. But after few years, in one warmy summer night i met a guy. We had such atraction that i can not describe with words. We slept together, again and again. After that, i found out that he is married and that i am just one of milion his love afairs. I found out that he has other girl every week or so. I fricked out! Again i started to thinking about hiv and about that how i can be so stupid. OMG, i had two chances and i destroyed them! God will never forgive me again! I was convinced that i have now hiv for sure, but i was afraid to test. Only option for me was to test positive because i was made mistake again. I was living in fear of hiv 4 years. I said to my mom everything that happened to me. She was listening to me. One day i gave blood in lab to check hormonal status. I did not knew but my mom order in lab that they test me for hiv from that blood sample. Few days after, my mom asked: Would you like to someone say to you that you are just negative? - Yes! But that is not possible! - i said. - But you are negative! - she told me. But, since 4 years have been past i could not belive that i am really negative and i started to doubt test, index values in test, i was doubting 3rd generation elisa, thinking that test is not good enough, that i need more than that, maybe ab-ag test or something, i was destroyed. Than i was starting to think that herbal suplement made my test false negative. My mental health gone, gone, gone. Every sign in my routine blood work i was conecting with hiv, low lymphocites, leukocites, immunoglobulins etc. I decidet to took another 3rd generation hiv test and was negative again. I still could not belive in it. One year after i was mentally destroyed, my marriage start to suffer, my friendships too and my familly realtions. Everyone knew that i am negative exept me-myself. I took than ab-ag test and it was negative too, but i starting to doubt that they did not do p24 for me, and that is false negative again, that i am one that is no making antibodies or not making them enough for test detection. My life became nightmare. Now, i am writing to you and still do not know am i negative or am i not. If i can turn back time, i would never have unprotected sex and i would never doubt first test result. Please learn something from this. Do not ruin your life because of hiv. Do not make yourself sad and person with destroyed soul. Please do not. Test once, accept your negative result and move on!
JJ

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