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RNA Testing Question/Exposure Risk
      #244485 - 02/11/09 07:57 PM

Took an antibody test at 6 weeks (negative). Was told that this is 98-99% reliable. I have still had great anxiety because I am now at 9 1/2 weeks and have a sire throat with white spots, white tongue and runny nose/sinuses plugged with cough. Are they likely unrelated? Is all good?

Doctor ordered RNA test to put me at ease. Have heard they have high rate of false-positive. How high of a rate?

For info, my exposure was receiving protected anal, but at one point he changed the condom which likely means it broke or fell off. Not sure if there was penetration before ne noticed that.

Plase help!

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Re: RNA Testing Question/Exposure Risk new
      #244487 - 02/11/09 08:11 PM

Six weeks is a pretty convincing negative - especially given that you don't seem to have had a high-risk exposure. Your symptoms are vague and could be caused by all manner of things - including stress - so they are meaningless in themselves and shouldn't be used for diagnostic purposes.

Anywhere between 2% and 9% of PCR positive results are false-positives, which is why I don't personally recommend them for putting anyone's mind at rest; but since it is already happening, just be aware that a positive doesn't mean that you are diagnosed HIV-positive. A negative PCR at nine-and-a-half weeks is however conclusive, but you will probably still be advised to take another antibody test at 12 weeks.

There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.

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