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ARS symptoms and 6 weeks test negative.
      #112307 - 10/05/04 08:48 PM

Earlier in July I had several events of unprotected intercourse with a female whose sexual history is unknown to me. Later in the month, I had a heavy nasal congestion and then I had a sore throat for about 2-3 days. Everything cleared, but 1 week after that I had a minor headache and non-itchy rash (dark red spots) on my arms and my thighs that dissapeared in about 3 days. I took a OraQuick rapid test about 6 1/2 weeks after my last exposure and it was negative. I am still worried, and I will be taking another test in a few weeks (which will be 12 weeks after the exposure). How likely is it that I am infected? How accurate was my 6-weeks test; i.e. what's the probability that it couldn't pick up the antibodies about 1 month after my ARS-like symptoms (rash and headache)?

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Re: ARS symptoms and 6 weeks test negative. new
      #112584 - 10/10/04 02:34 PM

It sounds like you have nothing to worry about. The MA Dept of Health says a 6 week test is definitive unless you have a serious condition already such as cancer. Also, upper respiratory symptoms(nasal congestion) are not a symptom of ARS. I would take the 12 week test just so that you believe the results. Next time, make sure you wear protection with someone of unknown status. It's not worth the fear that follows. Stay well!

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