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jemison
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Extensive Exposure But Tested Negative - Retest?
      #267783 - 10/09/12 11:55 AM

I am a hetero female who was exposed to hiv by my partner. We had unprotected sex (oral, vaginal, anal) at least 60 times over a period of 4 months (April to August of this year). Immediately after finding out that he was positive, I was tested (ELISA/Western blot) and was nonreactive. This was only 4 days post-exposure. I retested at 45 days using the PCR/NAAT test and again tested negative. The health department told me I don't need to be retested. Is this true? Thank you for your help.

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ashler1977
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Re: Extensive Exposure But Tested Negative - Retest? new
      #267788 - 10/09/12 01:00 PM

your test at 45 days using the PCR/NAAT is virtually definitive, but many agencies will advice you to test at 3 months from your last episode of unprotected sex with a standard Elisa. I would retest for the protocol, but would expect a negative result.

you were lucky this time. you must ALWAYS use condoms from now on if you don't know the status of your partner.

all the best.

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jemison
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Re: Extensive Exposure But Tested Negative - Retest? new
      #267792 - 10/09/12 01:59 PM

Thank you, ashler1977.

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riverprincessModerator
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Re: Extensive Exposure But Tested Negative - Retest? new
      #267795 - 10/09/12 04:02 PM

Did I read correctly that you were together with him for 4 months before he told you? How long before he told you?

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jemison
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Re: Extensive Exposure But Tested Negative - Retest? new
      #267796 - 10/09/12 05:18 PM

He was not aware that he was infected - he found out after routine bloodwork.

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Re: Extensive Exposure But Tested Negative - Retest? new
      #267798 - 10/09/12 07:28 PM

Not sure how to break this to you, but you don't find out that you have HIV from routine blood work. If they did, they would have just performed a routine blood work test on you, instead of tests designed specifically for diagnosing HIV.

If he did know before hand, I'm sure he was stressing about the whole thing and trying to figure how to tell you, but that doesn't take away the fact he was knowingly putting you at risk,



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jemison
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Re: Extensive Exposure But Tested Negative - Retest? new
      #267799 - 10/09/12 07:47 PM

Yeah, you have a good point, crabman. He is also bisexual and frequently hooks up w/ other guys from craigslist/ cruising sites, facts that he didn't disclose (He claimed to be straight & I thought our relationship was monogamous). I don't blame anyone but myself though - I trusted someone I didn't know that well and I chose not to use condoms. Lesson learned. I consider myself ridiculously fortunate.

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Re: Extensive Exposure But Tested Negative - Retest? new
      #267883 - 10/10/12 10:58 AM

Please be careful . We can never turn a clock back we can only affect the future times.

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terrorized
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Re: Extensive Exposure But Tested Negative - Retest? new
      #267945 - 10/11/12 11:19 AM

Congrats on the negative test! From what I hear that is pretty definitive. You should still get a three month antibody test since the person was positive if you need the reassurance. But it looks like you dodged a major bullet on this one.

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