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shane
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Windows and testing...
      #25381 - 12/08/01 02:02 PM

I posted below on a previous reply, that most organizations say you need to test at 6 months. I feel I
really need to clarify this, because how I wrote my response was poor.

It is my opinion and that of the CDC, NYC Dept. of Health, Whitman Walker Wash DC, San Fran
Dept. of Health, that a test at 3 months is conclusive for most everyone. A test at 8 weeks, is
probably just as conclusive for the average population. A test that is 3rd generation (If you can
confirm it's 3rd generation) at 4 - 6 weeks is probably indicative of your status.

The 6 month caveat, is to catch those very very few, that for whatever reason, might take longer than
3 months. Are there cases?...yes...but from what I know, most of them are needle sticks...I don't
know why, but I would assume because the amount of virus that is in question, is so small, that it
takes longer to infect....this is only my theory. Most all the cases I've read about where it took longer
then 6 months, sometimes 18 months (there is a nurse RIGHT NOW on another board here at THE
Body, I think under just infected, that took 18 months) are from occupational exposures. I have read
of several cases where the contact was sexual, first person accounts, were they had a neg. ELISA
test at 6 weeks, but were having symptoms and their PCRs were positive, and weeks later so was
their ELISA.

With that said, 99% of the peoples exposure is sexual in nature, not occupational, and the amount of
virus exposure in sex (unprotected vaginal, anal, giving oral) is great...and even those who are
occupational, most sero-convert before 3 months.

So my point is...if you get a negative test at 6 weeks, 8 weeks and especially 12 weeks...celebrate,
because the odds are at 3 months 99.9% conclusive. The 6 month caveat is to catch those who might
be that 0.01%...which is a long shot for sure, but it's for peace of mind if you need it.

In life there are no absolutes, and neither are there with HIV, testing or windows...the frustration and
anxiety we see here, me included, is just another facet of HIV's ugly face. It affects all of us...what we
DO HAVE is each other...to share, comfort and console, whether we're infected or not...HIV can
never take that away from us...let's remember that...

Hope this makes sense....






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Re: Windows and testing... new
      #25386 - 12/08/01 08:43 PM

oh yeah the small amount of virus theory. Which medical journal did you have that published in again??? conversion from a needlestick wouldn't be delayed from PEP would it?
even if it does happen anymore, which doesn't seem to be the case. Isn't it funny how all these delayed seroconversions all know their exact date and exposure and NEVER have another exposure in between then and the time they find are infected? Has anyone else noticed that? but people would never EVER lie about their exposures would they.



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Re: Windows and testing... new
      #25387 - 12/08/01 09:11 PM

Hey anonymous could you say that in English so I can understand what you are saying ?



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Re: Windows and testing... new
      #25389 - 12/08/01 10:29 PM

I so sorry my englesi is no too good. I thought it would cross over betta. What I was trying to make u unnnerstan is that Shane how you say? is a pain inna de assa with all this crappa about whadda hima tinks. menagida



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shane
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Re: Windows and testing... new
      #25399 - 12/09/01 12:55 PM

Instead of insulting people, why don't you add to the discussion with some rational, researched perspective? Or are you too ignorant or too big of an Ahole to do that...so instead you just spew stupid remarks. I have yet to READ ONE THING you've posted over the year that amounts to anything constructive or referenced! Reference one of your posts! DO you know what that even means? Post one of your ignorant, "1 month is conclusive" post and reference it with some back-up...you can't...Or even better, reference that a "6 month test" is "never necessary"...come on Ahole, put your money where your stupid, ignorant mouth is...And the "you're stupid Shane, because of the parrott claw thing" is old...if that's all you can come up with, instead of being able to back up your claims of windows, then go crawl back under your rock...



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Re: Windows and testing... new
      #25404 - 12/09/01 04:45 PM

fuc.k you shane you are talking to yourself.

No one has said 1 month is conclusive

CDC says Most will test + within 3 month
Average is 25 days
Rare cases take up to 6 months

You get over it fukn as.shole



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Re: Windows and testing... new
      #25410 - 12/09/01 09:20 PM

See Shane. good going. Hope you're happy.



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