YOUR OPINION PLEASE
Dec 13, 2006
DEAR DR. BOB, SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH - I LIVE IN GERMANY. I HAD SEX SEVERAL TIMES WITH A PERSON WHO IS HIV+. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT THEN. WE USED A CONDOM BUT NOT FOR THE LAST FOUR TIMES. I WAS SICK SEVERAL TIMES THE LAST TWO MONTHS. I HAD 3 ELISA TESTS. ALL CAME BACK NEGATIVE. THE LAST ONE WAS 21 WEEKS (147 DAYS) AFTER MY LAST ENCOUNTER WITH THAT PERSON. AM I "HIV-"? CAN I WOOHOO? OR SHOULD I TEST AGAIN AFTER 6 MONTHS (180 DAYS)? THANK YOU
Response from Dr. Frascino
Your English is far superior to my German! (In fact, your English is way better than Dubya's, but that's another story.)
Your repeatedly negative HIV tests out to 21 weeks are extremely encouraging! The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends a six-month confirmatory test for individuals who have had a confirmed significant HIV exposure. Your "last four times" would qualify. Consequently, I would encourage you to take that one last test to be sure your WOO-HOO is definitive and conclusive. (I'm quite confident it will be!)
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