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reliability of hiv rapid test at 29 weeks
Jul 28, 2012

i had sex with the csw sometime ago. it was protected all the way. but few days later i got very sick with a flu like illness which is present up to now. i got scared that i might some how got hiv because her fluids touched my shaved pubic area. this is my testing history: 4 weeks post exposure tested neg with a rapid finger prick test(determine hiv 1/2), 12 weeks got another neg determine hiv test, 18 weeks got another neg determine and lastly got tested at 29 weeks with a rapid determine test and it was negative.

(a) how reliable is a determine hiv test? (b) can it detect all strains of hiv? (c) should i continue testing cause i still got the flu i told u about (c) what other diseases can cause symptoms such as swollen nodes, hives, red bumps, weight loss? (d) am i really negative with all those testing? (e) how accurate are rapid tests as compared to lab tests?

Response from Mr. Glenn

Thanks for your question,

Your tests have repeatedly confirmed that you're HIV negative and they will continue to give you negative results. This is because your initial "exposure" really wasn't one. You never had any risk! Even if her vaginal fluids touched your recently shaved pubic area there is no risk of getting HIV from that. Not unless you had cut yourself up pretty bad and was still bleeding, which it sounds like you were not.

Hope this helps!

Erik



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