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testing differences???
      #158018 - 08/01/05 04:29 PM

I was just wondering what the differences were between "generations" in the tests. Why would I feel less confident with a 4.5 month post exp. negative with a home access as opposed to getting 14 different tests at my doctor's office??? Also, is it possible that testing agencies give false negatives to those with low to no risk exposures just to keep the numbers down? I may be crazy but since I thought I was exposed, my body has changed. (received unprotected oral sex from a person of unknown status and protected anal sex with a sex worker in singapore) but then again, i think it might be the fact that I haven't had any real exercise in the past 3 years, during which I drank, smoked, (which i never did before) and ate diet pills just to keep my weight down. So you tell me, my lifestyle or hiv.

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Re: testing differences??? new
      #158034 - 08/02/05 09:40 AM

It is your lifestyle; there are no false negatives from testing sites because they have to be 100% accurate with people since most think this disease means death. I have seen many false positives over the years which were found not to be because they were backed up with much more sensitive tests for conformation purposes, but your 3mo negative is just that unless YOU need to keep testing because you think you are only right and the tests are wrong. You have to understand that oral is not a risk and protected penetrative sex is just that, protected. You were not at risk in the first place but still you do not trust the HIV tests, riddle me that?

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      #158042 - 08/02/05 02:39 PM

Home Access tests are just as accurate as those performed in your doctor's office. They are FDA approved and thus must demonstrate the same degree of accuracy.

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