Last week I had a negative rapid test at exactly 4 weeks post exposure, I had slight contact with an HIV positive female, where I penetrated unprotected for less than 2 seconds.
Afterwards, I had severe anxiety with a lot of tingling sensations in my muscles, once I found out they were probably caused by anxiety all the "symptoms" dissappeared.
I havent had any of the major initial effects that I have been reading about such as swollen lymph nodes, high fever, sore throat, rashes, and etc., but I was just wondering how accurate was this 4 week HIV test....and btw it was done in NYC
considering your brief exposure,lack of symptoms and your test results
i would say things are looking very good in your favor.
this might make you feel better..
i was told by research nurse and a quest employee (quest is one
of the few places that test blood samples in the usa)
that it can be found in as little as 21 days or so.
the cdc guidelines are 3 months to be conclusive
the cdc has no choice but to take the road of caution.
you should feel a little better that they can find it in less time
then you have waited so far.
ride those thoughts for a few weeks and then put it all away for good
with a 3 month test.
I have learned a lot over the past 15 weeks. That being said, you should find a clinic that does the newly approved duo test hiv1/2 and p24 test it is virtually 100% accurate at 4 weeks. Don't fall into the PCR trap as I did, waste of money. A 6 week lab test will be a good indication of status at 3 months.
symptoms or lack of symptoms are of no use in diagnosing HIV. Please feel free to drop a note if ya need support. ONE LAST PIECE TRUST YOUR TESTS!!!!
The Following User Says Thank You to capehatteras For This Useful Post: dirkewing (10-27-2010)
the vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert
(show symptoms) and test positive by six weeks with today's tests.
A six week negative is highly unlikely to change, but must be confirmed at the three month point.
i would say that things are looking really good for you.
The following user gives a hug of support to smiteler: dirkewing (10-29-2010)
Well thats certainly postive news.. at 6 weeks its concidered 98%.. so the chances of being positive are now very low indeed.. 13 weeks is always conclusive. The risk you had was indeed very small anyway ( due to the very short time. Also if she was on HIV medication then very very low ), so honestly, i cant see the results changing. Lastest tests these days pick up the virus within 7 days..
The Following User Says Thank You to Apollo123 For This Useful Post: dirkewing (10-30-2010)