Worried, but taking several home-tests in a few hours.
First of all - kudos to all the members on that forum who have the patience to answer each and every question, most of them from "worried well" persons.
My situation is a little strange and I really need your advice. I currently live and work in a country that a yearly negative HIV test is mandatory (otherwise you get deported).
During the past 9 months, i slept with 5 girls, and when it comes to protection i am "over protective" (that's what one girl said to me) - I used condoms every time for vaginal intercourse, no exception. This fact alone should make me feel good, but it doesn't.
I had oral sex, both-ways with all of the girls since I was told a lot of times that it's safe to do. I always tried to keep vaginal fluids out of my mouth.
Now the "risky" part (or at least what causes my paranoia):
- one of the girls was having her menstruation cycle and I performed oral sex on her, yet of course only the "top part". We had protected intercourse after.
after making the mistake of google-ing the subject for almost one month after my last "exposure' i became "crazy" - I mean I almost loose my job because I can't concentrate. A positive test would ruin my life and my career in China, and since my homecountry is not a good alternative I am very scared.
It's been almost 2 months since my last unprotected oral exposure and I ordered several home-test kits in order to test myself. I cannot get a WB or ELIZA here, because hospitals need to inform the government if there is a positive result - and if you are positive, you have 7 days to "get out". So the only alternative is home-kits.
I ordered several of them, yet the biggest problem is, that they are CHINESE.
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My next mandatory test is June 2013 when i have to extend my VISA. Iwas even thinking getting to my homecountry and have a normal test there, yet that would cost me around 1500$.
A friend is arriving in a few hours with the home-kits. Please tell me any information you have on how reliable they are. I am very scared of an false-positive, because I have no way to do a "normal" test here.
Thanks in advance!
PS: I will keep you updated, hopefully and as many of you would expect with a negative result.
Re: Worried, but taking several home-tests in a few hours.
I ordered 3 different testing kits (one oral swap and two blood-based tests). All three came out NEGATIVE (one line).
Yet since the documentation was in Chinese (I can't read it), I am not sure if i followed the procedures correctly and now I am freaking out.
Both blood tests same scenario: I dropped one drop of blood and one drop of the other liquid - no reaction for 5-6 minutes. Then I dropped both times another drop of blood and another drop of the liquid until I could see that the stripe started developing. Both came out negative after a few more minutes.
The oral test: I did the mistake to touch the swap with my hands, even tried to remove it, since it seemed too big in order to get into the container. After I realized that i didn't have to remove it, i performed the test and got again a negative result (one line).
My question now is, due to my stupidity: What are the odds that I did something wrong? Can I trust those results or not?