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marijuana and HIV testing..PLEASE HELP
Apr 10, 2002

ive been stressing for years..i have a couple questions. 1) if i was a heavy pot smoker, would that effect the outcome of my rapid hiv test if the test at about 9-10 weeks after possible exposure?

2) i had sex with this person one time with a condom and the sex didnt last long at all, but a few weeks afterward, i got every symptom oh hiv infection. ( a rash that my doctor told me was a fungal rash, flu-like symtoms and a ear infection).. so would testing negative at 50 days, and again at 9 weeks be enough, or should i test again??

thank you

Response from Mr. Kull

1) Marijuana use will not affect the accuracy of an HIV antibody test. A test at 9-10 weeks after exposure is likely to detect infection, but a test at 12 or more weeks (three months) is considered accurate.

2) It is unlikely that you would have been infected with HIV when using a latex condom for sex. You cannot determine your HIV status based on symptoms alone, as symptoms related to acute infection can be associated to many other conditions.

RMK



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