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May 12, 2001

Dr., I had exposure to HIV between 2 months to as recent as 2 weeks. My partner just found out he was positive, and I had unprotected sex that did not include direct contact with semen. I also did not witness any blood. I got tested on 5/4 and was negative, and recently the doctor has run a p24 test, which I am still waiting to hear results. She feels my risk is low, and the specialist feels that if I am negative, I should test in 6 weeks and then he feels I am 99 assured I am negative. However, my exposure relies completely on "pre-secretions". I have never had an STD, did/have not shown flu-like symptoms. I am curious about the levels of the virus in pre-secretions. Is it high/low? Thanks a bunch for your help!

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Not well studied. We only know that viral load and infected cells can be detected in semen, and in general are about 10 fold (10 times) lower than blood.

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