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Old 01-20-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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testing methods and accuracy

I just need some clarification and testing questions.

I had a possibly encounter and had a DUO test after 25 days which was negative. (I understand that it's recommended at 28 so is there anything magical about 3 days)

Took the ORASURE (finger *****) at 5 weeks which was negative.

I still have this persistant skin irritation, joint pain and blurred vision that I've never had before (which started at day 21) so I went to my PCP and had him run a full scope of ALL STD/HIV/HSV testing at 6 weeks after my encounter and received all negative results.

The HIV testing was from Labcorps HIV1/0/2 ABS QUAL and ICMA which were both non-reactive.

A medical doctor who is an HIV specialist on another forum said p24 is at its peak 3-5 weeks and when it drops off antibodies are produced, but there is a window that I may have encountered.

I'm not sure, but is the ABS Qual and ICMA a third generation test and why did CDC tell DUO test are conclusive after 6 weeks? That doesn't make sense to me to take a DUO test at 6 weeks if p24 drops off after 5 weeks, so does that mean antibodies are produced when they drop off?

I have an appointment with a dermatologist next week about the skin irritation. Am I being neurotic, symptomatic and being a hypochondriac or should I duo test again or wait for the 12 week mark?

 
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Re: testing methods and accuracy

You never had an exposure from oral sex and never needed any testing. You don't have an HIV concern.

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:39 PM   #3
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Re: testing methods and accuracy

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You never had an exposure from oral sex and never needed any testing. You don't have an HIV concern.
Thanks for your reply. I know what kind of answer I was going to get considering my previous post, but I'm asking a question that may pertain and give others also questions. The window period seems to be cluttered and ambiguous.

I'm sure a lot of other people who have had high risk exposures can also relate to testing questions and methods. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

 
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Re: testing methods and accuracy

I don't talk about testing, window periods, etc. when someone has NOT had an exposure. All it does is feed their anxieties/misconceptions. There are plenty of threads on here that talk about this, and anyone who is interested can use the search function to find them.

All I will say is that your test results confirmed that you never had an exposure.

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Old 01-20-2012, 10:45 PM   #5
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Re: testing methods and accuracy

Just to add, the CDC don't approve the duo as at 6 weeks. No test is sold or approved under 3 months. You have also lots of incorrect information in your post so no ideas where or what you have been reading to confuse yourself somuch buddy.

And of the day, your HIV negative which I guess is the only bit of information you really need
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Re: testing methods and accuracy

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Originally Posted by teppansteak View Post
Thanks for your reply. I know what kind of answer I was going to get considering my previous post, but I'm asking a question that may pertain and give others also questions. The window period seems to be cluttered and ambiguous.

I'm sure a lot of other people who have had high risk exposures can also relate to testing questions and methods. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
i do not understand why you even dare to question the accuracy of hiv tests
when you have not exausted every other avenue of diagnostics
as to figuring out what is wrong?
have you been tested for other std's?
you haven't even been back to the doctor for any diagnostics
to your problem and you question your hiv test results???


the tests are so accurate to even question them
only makes you look foolish
and when you add in the fact that the risk you had
was only theoretical.........

please tell me the logic in your way of thinking???
i'm lost

 
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