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Question on Antibody Detection
      #27277 - 01/22/02 04:08 PM

Hello all. 14 weeks ago, I went on a reckless spree...I'm not sure what was going through my mind but I had unprotected receptive oral sex with three men over a period of a month. None of these men ejaculated in my mouth and I don't know their HIV statuses.

12 weeks after the first experience, I tested negative for HIV. At this point, I was 8 and 9 weeks out the final two experiences. I'm currently awaiting a follow up test at 12 weeks after the last experience.

I've read several conflicting statements regarding the detection of HIV antibodies. I know that 3 months seems to be the real key but since I was essentially tested at 8 weeks and tested negative...how likely is it that antibodies would develop after 8 weeks?

I know contributors like Magnus say that in Sweden, there are no documented cases of people seroconverting after 8 weeks and RMK says that most people convert within 4 weeks. The New Mexico Aids Infonet located here on The Body states that one should wait 8 weeks before being tested...if it's good enough for New Mexico, should it be good enough for me??

I'm going crazy waiting for that 12 week moment when I can finally test and feel as though the results are somewhat conclusive. Should I feel at all confident based on my "8 week" results??

Thanks so much in advance for any information you can provide.





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Re: Question on Antibody Detection new
      #27278 - 01/22/02 04:11 PM

I am bi sexual and a IV drug user you had a zero risk dont stress.



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Re: Question on Antibody Detection new
      #27281 - 01/22/02 04:22 PM

I had a negative Elisa at 8 and 12 weeks after having receptive unprotected sex with a man who's status I don't know. I am going to wait til six months until I feel totally in the clear though.



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Re: Question on Antibody Detection new
      #27283 - 01/22/02 04:30 PM

First, let me say that your results so far are very promising, but not 100% conclusive. If you want to be really sure at this point in time, get an antibody test and a HIV PCR test - at the same time. If both are negative, you're definitely in the clear, especially given the time frame. Beware though, the PCR can be expensive.



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Re: Question on Antibody Detection new
      #27289 - 01/22/02 07:04 PM

Rest assured, you can be VERY confident in your 8 week negative. You may wan to test at 3 months just to calm your nerves ..... but you're out of the woods, my friend.



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Re: Question on Antibody Detection new
      #27301 - 01/23/02 08:32 AM

12 weeks is a very safe period so you won't have any doubt. After 8th week neagtive, I don't think you will have a different result.



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NON REACTIVE ? new
      #27313 - 01/23/02 05:17 PM

Did you have a non reactive 8 weeker ? or a indetermate?
there is a huge difference because a NON reactive going to a positive after 8 weeks of the actual date of possible exposure is almost zero BUT a Indetermate 8 week there is a chance for it to go poz.



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Re: NON REACTIVE ? new
      #27319 - 01/23/02 06:17 PM

It was definitely non-reactive!!!



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