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SCAREDSAILOR
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GOODNEWS? OR BAD NEWS? OR JUST A WASTE OF TIME?
      #205283 - 08/28/06 11:31 PM

HI TO ALL,

I HAD A VERY HIGH RISK EXPOSURE(UNPROTECTED PENILE TO VIGINAL INTERCOURSE) TOOK AN 8 WEEK ELISA TEST.. AND JUST FOUND OUT NEGATIVE...

WHATS NEXT?? IM FOR SURE RETESTING AGAIN SOON..IM WELL BEYOND THE WINDOW...BUT WHERE DO I STAND? IS 8 WEEKS NEG A GOOD CHANCE? OR JUST A WASTE OF TIME AND TAXPAYERS MONEY?

I NEED ANSWERS...ANYTHING! PLEASE IM BEGGIN:(

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regretidiotz
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Re: GOODNEWS? OR BAD NEWS? OR JUST A WASTE OF TIME? new
      #205292 - 08/29/06 12:24 AM

sailor,

8 weeks negative is a very very good sign. in fact many has said 6-8 weeks is conclusive with new generation of test. but to rest your mind totally, a 12-13 week test is still recommended by most. but it will be very very unlikely that your result is going to change. i had a 7 week negative test and also had the same worry as you. i took another 11 week test, turns out negative also. i will be taking my 13 week test today. i am praying for a conclusive negative.

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LynnB
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      #205293 - 08/29/06 12:33 AM

I also tested at about 8 weeks after I was raped this is what Dr. Katz wrote back to me just today:


Thank you for posting your question to the Ask the Doc forum at AEGiS.

Your response from Dr. Katz follows:

First of all, I am sorry to hear of this
unfortunate turn of events, and hope that you
obtain all of the necessary support for maximum recovery/healing.

A negative test at 4 weeks is good
indication--probably to the tune of more than
90%--that you did not acquire HIV. By 8 weeks,
this would be 95-99%, and at 12 weeks, it is
reasonably definitive. Many expert sources
recommend testing out to 6 months, because of
some reports (very, very few in number) of late seroconversions.

I think you can soon put this aspect of this
ordeal behind you, certainly at the 8-week mark.

Also, please remember that most sexual assailants
are not HIV-positive, and that when one of two
partners is positive and the other negative, the
chance of transmission occuring even then is a fraction of one percent."


Good luck!
Mark Katz, MD





Hope this helps,

Lynn



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Re: GOODNEWS? OR BAD NEWS? OR JUST A WASTE OF TIME? new
      #205309 - 08/29/06 04:28 AM

An 8 week negative is an excellent indicator that you will continue to test negative. In many countries in Europe 8 weeks is considered conclusive. The majority of people infected will test postive by 6 weeks.

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Cobal
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Re: GOODNEWS? OR BAD NEWS? OR JUST A WASTE OF TIME? new
      #205389 - 08/29/06 05:16 PM

As previous replies indicate your test was a little early, but you can find some confort in it. As far a being a waste of time, your health is at stake so the better informed you the better the final outcome. From my research and understanding a test at 3 months in a very good indication of your status, most medical and hiv agencies will suggest testing to at least 6 months. Pending on your clinical presentation some will suggest up to 12 months for extremely rare cases. Keep in mind that the test are indeed very accurated, but it takes time to produce antibodies. Some will produce sooner than others. Be smart, and good luck

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