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onemotto
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5 month negative result- retest??
      #277369 - 07/27/14 10:59 PM

I have tested negative to an oral rapid test at 5 months post-exposure. I have tested negative four prior times since the exposure (which I believe to be very low-risk), but I know these results don't mean anything if I just haven't seroconverted yet.

1. Do I need to retest?

2. With today's tests would I for sure have shown antibodies??

Thank you for any replies!

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Re: 5 month negative result- retest?? new
      #277370 - 07/27/14 11:03 PM

On average people will seroconvert by 25 days. The 3 month window is to catch anyone that might take a little longer to seroconvert. If you are still testing negative this far out you just don't have HIV. Time to find something new to stress about.

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onemotto
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Re: 5 month negative result- retest?? new
      #277371 - 07/27/14 11:18 PM

Thank you for your quick response. I guess I got worried again because when I asked the guy who administered the test if I could consider the results conclusive or if I needed to return, he said even though it would be rare to not show antibodies until after 3 months he recommended returning in a month at 6 months post-exposure for me. I wasnt sure if he was talking from a legal standpoint and it was the clinic's policy to say this or if he actually believed I needed to return.

Plus I'm dealing with low energy, difficulty concentrating, dry cough and redness around hair follicles on arms and legs, so it brought up all my fears again (I had flu-like symptoms a month after exposure).

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Re: 5 month negative result- retest?? new
      #277372 - 07/27/14 11:28 PM

Well you can either believe the one person left in the world that believes in a 6 month window...or not.

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onemotto
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Re: 5 month negative result- retest?? new
      #277373 - 07/27/14 11:46 PM

okay thank you for this assurance! Appreciate your time.

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