Originally Posted by scaredgirl7
I am at a total loss for words right now. I didnt even know how to begin this trend.
I recieved the worst news ever yesterday. I got a call from my dr and he told me that my hiv result was reactive, and that they are in going to perform a western blot on my blood sample.
I have since been locked in my room, crying. I do not know what to do with myself. I have already convienced myself that I have hiv, but have not been able to accept it yet.
Here is a little history on me.
3 years ago, I ended a relationship with a man that I had dated for years. Comes to be, he wasn't the man I thought he was.He had been cheating on me from what people have said and he used drugs. I am not sure what drugs he used.
I got into a total panic mode when I found about all this, which wasn't until a year or so after we had ended things.
We had unprtected sex numerous times. The LAST exposure had to have been in Dec of 2009.
I didn't think too much until Aug of 2010 (when I found out about his usage and cheating).
I tested numerous times starting Aug 2010. Close to 7 times to be exact. All of them were negative.I also tested for everything else and they too were negative.
I decided that I wanted to test one last time last week. I went to my dr and he drew blood from me and told me Id get the result soon. Soon was yesterday.
All came back negative EXCEPT for the HIV.
HOW can this happen.
I have not had any exposure since dec 2009. How can I have so many negative results and then be positive now?
Does it seriously take that long to test positive? 2.5+ years later?
I have looked up everything about hiv this past night. I am constantly checking my fever, lymph nodes and skin for rashes. I can feel a few lymph nodes but my fever has been normal (I check it every few hrs).
I am trying to remember back throughout these few years, but I can not remember ever getting reallllly sick.
What am I missing?
Sorry to drag this trend so long
I am seriously scared and confused.
The WB wont be in for days!
I am sorry about what you are going through, but I wouldn't be quite so worked up yet. Reactive simply means that when performing the ELISA test (usually the first test run due to its quickness and relative cheapness) it didn't come back definitively negative nor definitively positive. The Western Blot usually helps to confirm the results. If what you say is true and you aren't lying about sleeping or any drug use, then it seems unlikely to be HIV. Antibodies usually don't take longer than a year to develop.
Just wait patiently and don't think its the end of the world. Understand that reactive isn't positive. The ELISA test has a numerical value that when it is a little bit above the value for negative that it is considered reactive instead of negative, but may not necessarily be positive. It will hopefully be negative and I would retest again just to be sure.
But this is very strange, after testing 7 times over 2.5 years that your test result came back reactive. I know you would rather not, but call your previous partner about getting tested for HIV.