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golfguy
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Things Look Good
      #15131 - 01/26/01 02:15 PM

In the spirit of all of those who've posted before, and who agreed to post happy news, I'd like to let everyone know that I just received the results of a PCR-DNA Viral Load Test that I took at 7.5 weeks post exposure--negative!
I took (what I believe) was a 3rd generation ELISA at 6.5 weeks and it was negative as well.

Like alot of us here, I have been in emotional hell for 2 months. I lost 2 months of my life. My family wonders what is wrong with me...my clients are pissed...etc, I haven't been happy since I did, what I believe to be, something careless, foolish and thoughtless. I've spent 2 months taking my temp 10 times a day, checking myself for every symptom and roaming the internet looking for any glimmer of hope.

I've truly learned what a powerful thing an overactive mind is.

Thank you to everyone who lent support and answered my several posts.

Golfguy



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      #15133 - 01/26/01 05:37 PM

Congrats!



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TexGal
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      #15144 - 01/26/01 10:40 PM

That's great! You are looking a bit more than good. A DNA PCR at that many weeks coming back undetected is great news coupled with an antibody. According to the GMHC, a negative 3rd generation elisa at more than a month is approx. 90%-95% accurate.

You're in the home stretch and you can completely put this behind you with an elisa at 12 weeks but the odds are heavily with you being negative again. Stay strong!

Tex



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golfguy
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      #15252 - 01/30/01 02:12 PM

Tex,

I'm somewhat confused (and a little troubled). Why your comments on ELISA testing at 12 weeks?

If the PCR DNA is 99%+ conclusive after 28 days (I was at 53 days), why would I need to test with ELISA at 12 weeks?

Maybe I didn't understand the test I took. I thought it searched, qualitatively (not quantitatively) for HIV DNA in the blood cells (and not just the blood as does the PCR RNA).

Would you, or anyone else for that matter, mind elaborating?

Thanks,

Golfguy



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      #15257 - 01/30/01 03:07 PM

I in no way meant to trouble or confuse you by that statement. By your statement of things look "good" I assumed that you did not find that to be a conclusive answer. If you do....PLEASE by all means, move on from this and begin to live life again. I did not mean to deter you from having faith in your results. PCR vs Elisa is just about the same debate as 3 months vs 6 months. It's what you are comfortable with and what will enable you to move on with no doubts.

You are correct about a PCR supposedly being conclusive after 4 weeks. I guess it depends on who you ask about the DNA PCR. Some specialists will say that a DNA PCR is conclusive after 4+ weeks. Some will say that a negative DNA PCR is extremely reassuring after 4 weeks but you should follow that up with an antibody since the PCR is not a general screening tool.

But have no doubt that the DNA PCR has been proven to be extremely sensitive. You had the combo DNA PCR and elisa, you should be good to go. Again, it's what you are comfortable with.

I wish you great health and the best of luck with your future!

Tex



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      #15258 - 01/30/01 03:23 PM

No need to apologize Tex. I appreciate the fact that you are willing to comment and try to help people.

I was just so relieved when I got the PCR results (as I was so keyed up prior to getting them), that I wanted to post them (as everyone who emotes on this board should do). I used the word "good" because I'm a lawyer, normally skeptical by nature, and not prone to overstatement.

I had prepared myself to move on if I got a negative on the PCR, and hit a little speedbump when you suggested the 12 week ELISA.

Thanks again for you kind words of encouragement.

Golfguy



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