Apr 18, 2006
hi doc and congratulations for your excellent job.I've done a lot of rapid tests at 2,6,13,16,18,22 weeks after an exposure which i do not really think it was an exposure.All of them came back negative.But even if we suppose that it was a significant exposure on hiv is the 22-week neg test enough to calm?is it considered as a 6 month test or should i repeat it after 2 weeks to complete the 6 months?And after all is it possible to become positive these 2 weeks although having all these negative tests until 22 week?please answer for the last time in order to have a nice easter!!!Just made a second donation for your efforts!
Response from Dr. Frascino
In my opinion, all you need for a definitive, conclusive test following "an exposure that you really do not think is an exposure," is a single HIV-antibody test at the three-month mark. That means your negative tests at two and six weeks, while being encouraging, were not definitive. Your test at 13 weeks, on the other hand, is conclusive. Your subsequent tests at 16, 18 and 22 weeks are overkill (and excessive!). They merely corroborate what we already knew at 13 weeks, i.e. you are HIV negative. Should you test again in two weeks? No, of course not. You've had way too many tests already. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how!
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