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i need help, i am woied
Apr 8, 2013

i had unprotected oral sex on Sept 2011.i have tested for hiv couples of times. i did test at 20 days(rapid test), 28 days Hiv DNA test, 1 month rapid test, 2 months, 3 months. Then i did test at 6 months (rapid test). then i went back after one year to test again. All of the tests were negative. However, i am still concern about accuracy about the hiv rapid saliva test. how accurate is this test doctor? Do i need to repeat the test at 2 years? i also heard people with hiv loose weight. i have lost almost 25lb. However, i am going to gym 5 days a week almost a year and eat exactly 2000 calories , sometimes less than that. That's the reason, i am concern. would you recommend me to test for hiv again? i am really really concern.. i also think of this,,,,,,,,,,i can not study, sleep,,, since 2011,i feel i am in hell.

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi Oral sex carries the lowest risk of HIV transmission and you have had multiple test showing that you are HIV negative. Oral test are just as accurate as blood test for HIV. Oral swabbing is not testing your salvia it is picking up the antibodies that your body would develop if HIV were to be present and the testing guidelines state that 90 days post exposure is conclusive. So having your test results come back negative beyond the 90 days again verifies that you are HIV free. Sleep and study! Good for you for taking care of your health and eating better and going to the gym, I think you are seeing the results!

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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