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ELISA twice reactive 1 year apart

Hi,

I'm a 28 male who lives in a low risk HIV area.

About a year ago I had a HIV test done (I needed it for surgery) and I was told that the test result was "inconclusive". I didn't know much about HIV and HIV testing at the time and obviously I was worried. After asking a lot of questions the doctor told me that the administered test (ELISA) was reactive to the HIV antibodies and that we needed to do more tests to confirm the result. We took 2 more blood samples and ran 2 more tests (Western Blot and PCR). Fortunately both tests came back negative (no bands present and no proviral DNA was detected) which resulted in a HIV negative status.

One week ago I had another ELISA done along with standard STD tests (STD tests came back negative). This time the result also came back as "reactive" and we had to take more blood samples for Western Blot and PCR (still waiting for the results).

During the year between the tests I only had sex (vaginal, some of it unprotected) with one woman who was my girlfriend at the time and who as far as I know is HIV negative. Our last sexual encounter was 2 months ago.

Is it unheard-of for someone to be "reactive" to 2 separate ELISA tests 2 year apart? If so, and my results comeback again negative (fingers crossed) then what are my options for future testing? As you may imagine this is very stressful for me and for if some reason ELISA is sensitive to my blood are there any other tests that can be used for routine screenings?

Thanks

use of double condoms for oral sex

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Few days back, I had oral sex with a girl. Initially, I was using only one condom for oral, later on I decided to use the second one on top of first one. The session went on for 15-20 minutes with breaks in between and I finally ejaculated inside the condoms. I saw that there was no leakage when I removed the condoms and disposed it off. I am worried so much now because off late I saw so many posts says double condoms leads to tear or holes in condom due to friction. Am I at risk of STD or HIV. Please help me this was my first oral and i never had sex before with anyone.

HIV from recieving oral sex

Hi, I am a 17 year old who received unprotected oral sex from a street worker. I asked her if she was clean and she said yes. after the encounter I started to get stressed out as I thought I may have contracted HIV. 3 days after the encounter I felt feverish and very stressed. I suffered from a sore throat mild fever and headache. 6 days after the encounter and I've got a red early cold sore like mark on my lower lip. I am really scared please help.

tattoo needle prick and fish pedicure

i am worried sick because a couple of months back i did a tattoo on a friend but im not sure if the needle pricked me if the needle perhaps pricked me but i didnt feel it or bleed would i be at risk of catching hiv? My next incident is i went to a salon where they do fish pedicures and my friend said that i can catch hiv from the fish if i had a cut on my foot which i did which was due to scratching in between my toes lets say if someone before me also had open wounds would i catch hiv from this incident thank you so much in advance for your answer and input you guys put a lot of ease to people minds an i greatly appreciate what you'll do

please assess my risk, should i relax now?

i had an exposure with a CSW on april 7. she sucked my nipples and gave me a blowjob. It was protected oral sex and I was wearing condom throughout. I did not have any vaginal or anal sex with the girl. She gave me an unprotected handjob. Later She lied naked with me for half an hour and later I just chatted with her about her life, why she became a sex worker and if anyone in her family knew about what she did. I felt really bad after her hearing her story and felt I was exploiting someone and just asked her to go without having even any protected penetrative sex.

I dont know her HIV status but she insisted on using condoms for oral sex even though I was willing to go for oral without condom,saying she needed to protect herself. She also refused anal sex,saying she never has it and only has vaginal sex with a condom and told me she never had sex without a condom with any customer of hers. She also told me she does not let anyone ejaculate on her body as she is scared of diseases and STD. Now i dont believe any of this as such since at the end she is CSW. I am assuming her to be hiv positive.

After she went I freaked out the next day that I may have caught HIV because of her sucking my nipples if she had any bleeding gums or mouth ulcer. I checked my nipples and did not notice any sign of injury or mark but got very scared and started testing for hiv.I did not notice any blood coming form her mouth and did not have any cut or injury before she sucked my nipples. After the event i checked my nipples repeatedly but could not find any injury or small cut. I am very scared.

please refer to my test results below:-
risk date- april 7,2016
hiv-1 rna QUANTITATIVE pcr on april 18- negative, target not detected (10 days after exposure)
hiv 1/2 & p24 antigen combo test on may 6- index value- 0.07 negative(28 days after exposure)
hiv-2 pcr detection on may 14- negative,target not detected(37 days after exposure)
hiv 1/2 & p24 antigen combo test on may 21- index value- 0.11 target not detected(44 days after exposure)
hiv-1 rna QUALITATIVE PCR on may 24- negative, target not detected(46 days after exposure)

now can i consider myself 100% negative for both hiv-1 and hiv-2 and move on with my life or do i need a confirmation with an antibody testing at 90 day mark? is there a possibility that all my pcr and hiv 1/2 and p24 antigen combo test(CMIA) are false allnegatives? Is the hiv 1/2 & p24 combo test the same as the hiv duo test? I have read that both the duo and pcr test are considered conclusive by 4-6 weeks by hiv specialists... i know u may say that i dont really need testing but please help.

Saliva on Towel and HIV Transmission

Hi, Last week I had a protected blow job in a massage center, Before that she licked my balls. Finally she wiped the balls with warm towel and cleaned the tip of my penis with the same towel. All happened with in 5 to 10 mins of time. Her Status is unknown, do i carry any risk of getting HIV?

cut/anilingus

Hi. 24 days ago I received oral and anilingus. I know the risk is negligible for these, but the thing is I had a cut around my anus where he was giving. I don't know why I'm stressing this so much. Is 24 days too soon to get accurate results from a 4th generation test? Also, are you guys related to CDC in terms of information about everything with risks and such?

Question about Oral Sex

Dear Doctors.
Please pardon my bad english. I have a problem that I seriously need your help. One week ago. I had 3 sex workers performed oral sex on me. Each of them took turns and I didn't ejaculate. About 2 months ago, at the bottom/ root of my penis, it feft itch a lot, i scratched it and then had some sores/scratchs (about 1 cm long each). no blood, some hurt when I touch them. When I went to the sex worker I still felt the itch in my penis and had the scratchs/ sore in the positions as described above.
I now have sore throats, sore lips and coughing. I fear that when I had oral sex the blood of the sex workers in their mouths or remained semen from the previous clients my went through the sores/scratchs (which carried HIV virus with them) cause me exposed to HIV.
Dear Doctor, Please Enlighten me if such situations could happen. Am I exposed to HIV? I am extremely worried.
Thank you.

HIV Risk of receiving ball licking

I had an encounter last month, i met a prostitute in train and at last we went to bathroom and she licked my penis.She didnt touch my peniis and anywhere else. only yhe balls. i dont know the hiv status of her. this activity happend only less than 1 minute.i checked my balls after this incident and i didnt see any open cuts or sores. is there any chance of getting hiv/std with this incident.?

I am really worried about it and sleepless nights for me, i am getting more mental stress because of this.

Can you please help, on this. Do i need to test HIV or STDS? When i need to test it(after how many days from the encounter)

Is this risky? please do help me, thank you!

Dear Expert

I have had a incident with a sex worker and we had no penetrative sex, she give me a handjob which is safe but during the process she touched the outside part of her private area and the continued the handjob until I come, she is on her period which means there could be period blood and vagina fluid on her hand, is the potential blood and vagina fluid pose a possibility to transmit hiv? I couldnt stop thinking this, do i need a test?

Thanks very much!

Regards

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