|Barring extenuating circumstances??
Aug 22, 2010
Dr. Bob, I read a recent post of yours that actually made me start worrying SO much. You said to a poster that a "3.5 negative test result is generally considered conclusive, barring extenuating circumstances."
What gives?? What does that mean? I thought that 3 months (unless exposed to someone confirmed to be HIV+) was the gold standard with testing and that a negative result at that time was reliable and conclusive! Is this not the case anymore?? What are these extenuating circumstances you are talking about and how do I know I am definitely negative?
I had unprotected vaginal sex with 2 different guys. I got tested about 9 months after with a rapid test and with a regular lab-based blood test, and both were negative. Can I consider this conclusive or do I need more testing?? I don't know what to do.
Thanks for helping me out, Dr. Bob. I love you!!
Response from Dr. Frascino
This forum is dedicated to HIV-positive folks, particularly those who have concerns related to fatigue and/or anemia. Questions related to HIV transmission, prevention, safer sex, HIV testing and risk should be sent to Dr. Bob at his "Safe Sex and HIV Prevention" expert forum. Please resubmit your question there using the same title and add the phrase, "resubmitted form the Fatigue and Anemia Forum." Thank you.
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