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HIV testing time
      #42097 - 10/20/02 01:04 PM

I was tested 8 months after my last sexual encounter. The nurse at the clinic and the AIDS hotline, AND the CDC say that that 6 months is the correct length of time after a possible exposure and that I would not have to be tested again (I was neg). But I have read on some websites, that HIV could show up up to a year after possible exposure. Who do I believe? I have not had any possible exposure since then- in fact, I have gotten married, so this is kind of scary because it affects him too. Please help!



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Re: HIV testing time new
      #42105 - 10/20/02 03:14 PM

With the current testing 6 months is more then sufficent. Your are negative. So just smile.



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Re: HIV testing time new
      #42120 - 10/21/02 10:38 AM

You are negative if you tested negative 8 months after the exposure. Stop obsessing!



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Re: HIV testing time new
      #42189 - 10/22/02 04:12 PM

Thanks for the posts. I think that you have realized that HIV is not my problem, anxiety is. I worry all the time about something terrible happening to me or a loved one. I have not always been this way, but it has gotten alot worse this year. But I am going to do something about it. Thanks and God Bless!



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testing time new
      #42360 - 10/25/02 07:07 PM

Read the following on testing...it's pretty extensive.
http://www.thebody.com/atn/375/testing.html

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Re: HIV testing time new
      #42373 - 10/25/02 09:37 PM

but no one who tested pos. would stop with one test. There would be viral load tests, then genotype and resistanc tests. It's important to keep up with your labwork. So if you were one of the "false pos." you speak of, the discrepancy would be discovered immeaditly. Notice too, that it's a false pos. with todays test. NOT a false neg.



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Re: HIV testing time new
      #42389 - 10/26/02 12:04 AM

I think if you read enough the concensus is 3 months, Only need to test to 6 months if you had a high risk exposure and had symptoms of ARS. CDC and this website concur



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Re: HIV testing time new
      #42470 - 10/26/02 10:51 PM

Your logic seems to be that three inaccurate tests add up to one accurate result. Statistics, however, don't work like that. Three inaccurate tests simply provide three inaccurate results, just the same way that one would.



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