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jason22
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definite exposure symptoms but negative how?
      #271095 - 03/12/13 06:21 PM

I have a question that I could not find addressed anywhere online. I know that the window period for HIV testing is stated as being anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months, with many places saying 3 months.

What I do not understand is, what kind of research/evidence is used to determine this? I recently called an HIV/AIDS hotline and they told me that the way of determining this information is by asking someone who has tested positive when their last exposure was, but is this really accurate? Most people who test positive for HIV probably have had numerous possible exposures.

For example, say Joe Schmo has had unprotected sex once a month for the year of 2007 (Jan-Dec). He gets tested at January 2008 and tests negative, he then tests again on March 2008 and tests positive. Under the current information we have, it would be logical to assume that he had acquired the virus somewhere between Nov-December. However, how do we really know this? How do we know that he has got HIV from a April 2007 exposure? --- I don't think we can, right?

In my opinion, the only real way to be sure of window periods would be to inject HIV-negative people and see how long it takes them to turn positive. Obviously this is not only illegal but its just plain wrong. So how do doctors, HIV specialists, scientists..etc. set a "window period"?

I hope I am mistaken about the methods that are used to determine the window period. Does anyone else have any information on the research done on determining window periods? If you do, it would really ease my mind. Thanks

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crabmanModerator
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Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? new
      #271097 - 03/12/13 07:00 PM

Just can't move on, can you?

There's 3 decades of research concerning this disease. Finding it in someone was the easy part.

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/HIV-Prevention/How-do-we-determine-the-HIV-window-period/show/687446



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ashler1977
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Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? new
      #271098 - 03/12/13 07:32 PM

Read xhost's post (3rd one from this page):

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/HIV-Prevention/window-period-data/show/18728

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Oral Sex: What's the Real Risk for HIV?
http://www.thebody.com/content/art58210.html

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jason22
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Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? new
      #271152 - 03/15/13 07:53 PM

it takes longer to show up in a male that was infected by a female

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crabmanModerator
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Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? new
      #271153 - 03/15/13 08:32 PM

LOL. Show me where you found that little tidbit. Link to the definitive studies that say that....and I mean just that. DEFINITIVE studies.

What complete poppycock. HIV is an all or nothing like pregnancy. You either get it and seroconvert within the first 20 some odd days....or you don't get infected. I have never seen a window period for men and another for women. Anyone else?

You very clearly have decided not to give any information about your own risk situation, but my guess is that you just don't care for the fact you have tested negative.

So my question to you is why are you so intent on wanting to be HIV positive that you will fight for your right to be so?

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jason22
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Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? new
      #271156 - 03/15/13 08:55 PM

i had unprotected sex with a woman 2 weeks later had ARS SYMPTOMS then found out the woman was HIV POSITIVE I TESTED NEGATIVE AFTER 6 MONTHS BUT BUT NOW HAVE THRUSH AND EYE FLOATERS THIS IS ALL TRUE

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Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? new
      #271157 - 03/15/13 09:25 PM

Number 1: Never Yell. It only means you don't have a thing to back up your position.

Number 2: Since you didn't post any definitive links to studies supporting your position I must assume it is all in your mind.

Number 3: Unprotected sex with a woman with HIV carries an estimated risk of 5 in 10,000 per occurrence. Not a great risk.

Number 4: IF you had ARS symptoms at two weeks then you would have tested positive. You didn't so therefore whatever you thought was ARS was not.

Number 5: Thrush is not HIV specific. Eye Floaters....laughable as a symptom.

Number 6: You have conclusively tested negative. You don't have HIV. It's time to put this overriding fear of HIV behind you. People have sex with people with HIV. They don't get HIV when they use condoms.

Sometimes, rarely, you get an unlucky one that gets HIV from one unprotected encounter. It happens. In your case it didn't.

You need to move on before this obsession of yours does you in. It will if you don't control it...and from what I've seen it's worse than anything HIV could ever do to you. It will take your life one relationship, one job, one dream at a time.

Get out while you can.

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