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Negative PCR DNA at 4 weeks
      #6555 - 07/03/00 02:16 PM

I received the results of my HIV-1 Proviral DNA PCR today and is NEGATIVE! I am trying to convince myself that this is at least 95% conclusive at 28 days as many of the councelling sites say and also a lot of you guys on this board who did a lot of research on it. I am planning on taking an HIV antibody test to ease my mind a little bit more and will continue testing at 3 and 6 months just to rule out any doubts.

Any of you guys know more about DNA PCR tests, as I have red about at least 2 different types of DNA PCR tests? I just want to make sure that the test I had which is called: HIV-1 Proviral DNA in Mononuclear Cells (PCR), would be sensible enough to detect the virus in blood at 4 weeks.

I guess that I am still in the acute phase of my 'compulsive obsessive disorder' of being infected with HIV, so I need some help to go over it. It is the worst I ever experienced in my life and I will post some details and advice once I will be a little more confortable with my HIV negative serostatus.

Also, any comments on DNA PCR vs RNA PCR and their sensitivities?

God Bless everybody on this board and let's pray for eachother, that we all are and remain HIV negative.



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Re: Negative PCR DNA at 4 weeks new
      #6557 - 07/03/00 04:10 PM

if you don't mind, what was the nature of ur exposure, just curious !



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Re: Negative PCR DNA at 4 weeks new
      #6558 - 07/03/00 04:27 PM

I had a very high risk exposure, one night stand, long hours of unprotected oral, vaginal and anal with a women I met that very night on the web in a chat room. She is not invovlved in a monogamous relationship, so who knows how many...
I usually don't drink, but that night I got smashed. First time unprotected sex for me and deffinitelly LAST time.
I certainly learned a lot from this.



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Re: Negative PCR DNA at 4 weeks new
      #6560 - 07/03/00 04:34 PM

pal, i can understand ur emotions. from what i have read too a -ve PCR at 4 weeks is very conclusive. i've had a n exposure around 6 weeks back and am currently waiting for my DNA results. The doc did tell me this period is sufficient enough for this sort of sensitive tests.

No that you have all the odds in ur favor, i think ur very safe. good luck and god be w/u.



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