Do U.S. HIV antibody tests detect all groups and subtypes of HIV1?
Dec 9, 2013
Thanks for your time and professionalism.
I had protected sex with a massage worker in Asia, but the condom may have failed. Also, the worker used tissue to clean herself and then used that same tissue to remove condom / clean me up. I had a HIV 1 antibody test at a clinic in the U.S. come up negative a month out from the exposure. Then I took another combo test (PCR-DNA + HIV 1 antibody test) 10 weeks from the exposure. -- which also came up negative. I was satisfied with the finding, but have since had health complications and a series of chronic HIV-like symptoms that I can't explain. So, at a year out from exposure, I took an Oraquick In-Home HIV 1/2 test -- which came up negative.
Questions: Are these tests conclusive? Are they designed to detect HIV 1 for all possible groups and subtypes -- especially HIV 1 CRF A/E commonly found in Asia.
Response from Mr. Cordova
Thanks for writing in. These tests are conclusive, and will detect all commonly found forms of HIV, including HIV 1 CRF A/E.
Also, there was no risk in this situation. HIV needs direct access to the bloodstream before transmission can occur. Any virus present on the tissue would not have access to your bloodstream, and would have started to die the moment it left her body.
Bottom line: Trust the test. You are HIV negative.
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