A New Year I need your help to stop worrying!
Jan 4, 2012
Hello. I had a vaginal sexual encounter in March, 2010. I'm fairly certain a condom was used, however I was under the influence and can't recall for sure. I am not aware of the individual's HIV status. I went to the local Planned Parenthood and had all tests done August 2010 (5 months post incident)--- everything came back negative including the HIV blood test (EIA). I then had an Oraquick (gum sweep) performed in December, 2010 (9 months post) and March, 2011 (1 year later). All tests have come back NEGATIVE again, however I am still worried! Can I move on with my life and be sure they are conclusive? I have been told not to keep worrying but I worry myself sick. I have not noticed any other symptoms- EXCEPT for maybe swollen neck lymph nodes and a white tongue here and there. I had flu like symptoms at 12 months and thats why I got tested. I had the flu recently as well. Please send me your advice.. very desperate to know if I need more testing!!!!! Are both the EIA and Oraquick reliable?!?! Do I need additional testing as I am unsure of the individuals HIV status? I drank water before the Oraquick gum sweep, would this effect the results? I appreciate all that you do and I am really looking for some honest advice and want to start the new year off with no worries!
Response from Mr. Cordova
You can get an accurate test at the 90 day mark. Your five month test was well outside of that window. Both tests are reliable. Drinking water before the oral test would not have affected the results of the test. You are negative from this incident.
If this anxiety continues, I would suggest that you consider speaking with a therapist, counselor, or even a trusted friend. They can help you work through the anxiety.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.