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How Long Should I Wait To Take An Hiv Test After Being Raped

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AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...antibodies to fight HIV. It usually takes two to three months for them to show up. In rare cases, it can take longer than three months. During this "window period" you may not test positive for HIV even if you are infected. Normal HIV tests don't work for newborn children of HIV-infected mothers. In many places, you can get tested anonymously for HIV. Once you test positive and start to receive health care for HIV infection, your name may be...
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Everything pointing to HIV #2

Dr. Bob,Im not just experiencing neck discomfort. The discomfort is also happening around my ears, collarbone area, head, and shoulders constantly. Im having a hard time believing its just anxiety. I have had anxiety before and never felt this way....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...while passed out.Symptoms are notorious unreliable in predicting who is and is not HIV infected. The only reason to worry or get HIV tested is HIV-exposure risk, regardless of whether symptoms are present or not. Since you blacked out and don't... Read more »

Everything pointing to HIV #2

Dr. Bob,I know I should get tested. The reason I havnt yet is because I know when I test and Im positive I dont know how I will tell my husband or family. I will have no friends. My life will pretty much be over. The only thing I will have left is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...while passed out.Symptoms are notorious unreliable in predicting who is and is not HIV infected. The only reason to worry or get HIV tested is HIV-exposure risk, regardless of whether symptoms are present or not. Since you blacked out and don't... Read more »

Everything pointing to HIV

Hi Dr. Bob,Your an amazing person. I have been reading your forums for a while now. I luv your sense of humor! Anyway, my exposure was 9 months ago and I still havnt been tested. Im scared of the answer due to my symptoms and exposure. Exposure:...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...while passed out.Symptoms are notorious unreliable in predicting who is and is not HIV infected. The only reason to worry or get HIV tested is HIV-exposure risk, regardless of whether symptoms are present or not. Since you blacked out and don't... Read more »

Risk of HIV transmission?- please answer I will donate

OKay I'm sorry to take up your time - I have OCD and a deep seated fear as I was raped as a child in Africa - have been tested far too often - all negative. I'm fighting the OCD but just need your qualified reassurance. Recently had a relative to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...doesn't live very long outside the body and certainly not 10 to 12 hours on the lid of a tin of tomatoes! Neither worry nor HIV testing is warranted. What is warranted, however, is that you get psychotherapy (counseling) for your ODC and... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Rape Survivors Should Be Given Access to PEP to Prevent HIV Transmission, Opinion Piece Says

...suspect to be tested for HIV under court order would seem to be useful for the survivor's health and peace of mind," mandatory "HIV testing doesn't get rape survivors access to what they need most": post-exposure prophylaxis, Regan Hofmann,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New York Gov. Spitzer Signs Measure Allowing Rape Survivors to Request HIV Tests for Indicted Suspects

...( AP/Long Island Newsday , 8/23). The New York Legislature in June approved the measure. The state's current law requires HIV tests after conviction of rape. Supporters of the measure, which was submitted by the state Division of Criminal... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...Confidential HIV Testing HIV Name-Based Reporting Partner Notification Orasure Test for HIV Rapid Tests for HIV Home HIV Antibody Tests Urine Test for HIV RNA / NAAT Testing For-Profit Test... Read more »
The Well Project

Did You Just Test HIV Positive?

...and Support It's Better to Know HIV and Women Make a New Start Useful Info Sheets for Newly Diagnosed Getting an HIV diagnosis can feel like the worst news in the world. It is common to feel anger, fear, confusion, shock, depression,... Read more »
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Test results today

Posted by Hartigan, 2 Replies
I get my test results this afternoon. I posted here in October last year, outlining my concerns. I had unprotected, receptive anal sex and became sick with symptoms resembling ARS a few weeks later (except rash). I had a 6 week test result that was... Read more »

raped

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...what are the chances of me becoming infected, is there any chance I am not infected? He didn't use a condom but pulled out. How long should I wait to first be tested? After that test when should I be tested again? I am so scared, please help! Read more »

How accurate...

Posted by MOCHA, 2 Replies
...Are RNA Nucleic Acid Amplified Tests. Where I live this is routine in an HIV test. They say that it helps find HIV itself during acute HIV infection, during ARS. The doctor there told me that it detects HIV Read more »

Feeling like a terrible friend

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...I apologise in advance for this epic message...please respond if you can! My friend was raped nearly 3 years ago and contracted HIV. She was so damaged by the rape that she lost all self confidence and would not report Read more »