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Possible positive test after 4 weeks
Nov 1, 2005

I've talked with an HIV/STD expert (H. Hunter Handsfield, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington), and he told me that he never saw a positive test after someone testing negative after 4 weeks of exposure. My exposure is very low, after having protected vaginal and oral sex with a female sex worker. The condom remained intact, and did not break. I just need a second opinion about my 39 days after exposure negative test. My doctor told me it was sent to quest labs, and I heard they use the 3rd generation elisa test to detect the HIV virus. PLEASE RESPOND, I'M BEGGING YOU.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Why beg??? Simply asking is sufficient.

If your "exposure" was "protected" and the condom was used properly and did not fail, your "exposure" becomes a non-exposure. Non-exposures have no HIV transmission risk. No HIV transmission risk means testing would not even be necessary.

Based on what you've told me, your HIV risk is nonexistent. Therefore, you are HIV negative.

Regarding testing in general, the same rules still apply. Tests taken prior to three months are not (yet) considered to be definitive.

Dr. Bob



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