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20 Years of Fear

May 30, 2012

I am a 38 year old woman. My only possible exposures would have been unprotected sex with 3 men at the age of 17. I had a negative test in October 2010, and another less than one month ago (April 2012). I have read on this site that is possible to not have antibodies (test negative) during end stage AIDS. My doctor believes my negative tests are "definitive". Should I have further testing (PCR?)? My doctor offered to send me to an ID specialist because "sometimes someone further up the food chain can convince you". He also advised a therapist- I have an appointment with her next week. Would someone with end stage AIDS have specific symptoms (fever, etc.)

Thank you.

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi The guidelines for HIV testing are to be initially tested at 3 weeks then again at 3 months, if both of these tests are negative then so are you. You were tested clearly within these guidelines. You are HIV negative. I agree with your doctor!

Be well and stay safe, Shannon

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