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11 week oral fluid test?
      #133442 - 01/24/05 11:17 AM

hi everyone, hope you all are doing well. here is my story: i am a heterosexual female. in 2002, i was in a relationship w/ a guy of erm... questionable morals (heterosexual, no IV drugs) i had several unprotected encounters with him between mid Jan 2002 and the first week of March 2002. On June 2, I took an oral fluid test and it came back negative. According to my calculations, this is at least 11 weeks, at most 13 weeks after the last possible exposure. I've driven myself nuts with the math and finally concluded it's at least 77 days after.

Another question: what is the US military's policy on HIV? The guy claimed to have last been tested in Oct 2001prior to being comissioned as a Navy officer. He said the result was negative, and as far as he knew, if a military member was positive, they were out on their ear. Thanks everyone! Your comments are appreciated.

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Re: 11 week oral fluid test? new
      #133451 - 01/24/05 01:35 PM

The CDC recs a window of 3 months. Personally, I would consider your 11 week test conclusive. The vast majority of folks will seroconvert within 4-6 weeks, with 22 days being the average. Retesting is up to you.

As for the military, I was tested yearly. That was way back in 1987 though.

Jazz

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Re: 11 week oral fluid test? new
      #133452 - 01/24/05 01:36 PM

they test twice a year from what they have told me and this is from militarry medicine for people in active duty.

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Re: 11 week oral fluid test? new
      #133455 - 01/24/05 02:55 PM

thanks! i'm sure it's probably ok, because i donated blood in 2004 to the US military and did not receive any bad news.( i didn't do it to use the donation as a screening tool, just wasn't worried about the accuracy of my previous test at that time.) nevertheless, i have had a blood test last tuesday after a possible occupational exposure 5 weeks ago, and i'm awaiting the result. i was terrified but am feeling a bit better now.

so, WILL they actually kick you out of the military if positive?

also, i think i might have some "irrational fears" related to HIV and would like to seek some help for them. i'm wondering if you all know of any resources?

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Re: 11 week oral fluid test? new
      #133465 - 01/24/05 04:22 PM

Hi there,

I'm kind of in the same boat as you are as far as being unprotected with someone currently deployed in the army. I don't know about testing twice a year but once a year for sure. And yes, according to the person i was with the army will discharge you if you test + while currently serving.

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Re: 11 week oral fluid test? new
      #133470 - 01/24/05 04:32 PM

Hey there! Maybe this is just "hopeful thinking" but considering these guys both said the same thing, which is inconsistent with what I read on the Military board, it must be a good sign. That is, they wouldn't know about a policy that didn't apply to them, right? If you are testing, hope everything comes out OK!

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Re: 11 week oral fluid test? new
      #133505 - 01/25/05 01:51 PM

[quote]they test twice a year from what they have told me and this is from militarry medicine for people in active duty. [/quote]

This is from last year and is current:

"U.S. News

Military: HIV Tests Every Two Years
United Press International

05.24.04

Under a new Department of Defense policy implemented in late March, members of the U.S. military must be tested for HIV every two years. While the military began HIV testing of service members in the mid-1980s, military branches varied in their frequency of testing, according to the Pentagon news service. Testing every two years would allow the military to administer anti-viral drugs to infected service personnel prior to the onset of illnesses associated with the infection. Service members infected with HIV are not automatically discharged; they may continue to serve. The military reports that its infection rate -- about two new infections for every 10,000 service members annually -- is equal to or lower than the rate for the general population of the same ages and genders."



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