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Table of Contents What Is HIV Testing? How Do I Get Tested? Who Should Get Tested? When Should I Get Tested? Do Any Tests Work Sooner After Infection? What Does It Mean if I Test Positive? Are the Test Results Confidential? How Accurate Are the Tests? The Bottom Line What Is HIV Testing? HIV testing tells you if you are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which causes AIDS. Most of these tests look...
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To test or not to test or not to test or not to test or not to test or not to test ...

This may sound crazy but I am not sure what to do. I had ONE CONDOM SLIPPAGE and ANOTHER CONDOM BREAKAGE. I didnt have any symptoms following those exposures. The question now is:To Test or Not to Test or Not to Test To Test or Not to Test or Not to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Ricky,No, your question is not crazy, even if your method of posting is a bit compulsive.The answer is both "test" and "not to test." For "condom slippage," assuming the action end of your one-eyed monster stayed... Read more »

Tests tests tests...so many tests!!!!

Hey Doc.I would first of all just like to thank you for all that youare doing on this sight,you are helping many people including myself and I am sure eveyone is as grateful as me.Doc, I had a risky encounter with a sex worker(vaginal) about 7...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
1) You did not test too early for STDs.2) Regarding the length of your symptoms: if your symptoms were being caused by a recent HIV infection, you would have more than likely had a positive result on one of the later tests. Symptoms of primary... Read more »

neg or pos / pos or neg / test or no test / no test or test

HelloI have written to you a couple of times in the past - sometimes I can dissuade myself from worrying, at other times I'm not so successful...My fear of HIV really kicked in when I became pregnant last year and underwent antenatal HIV...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Desperate Mum,Let me be brief and direct. Your two negative HIV tests (eight years after your relationship and nine months after your dental appointment) are definitive and conclusive. You are HIV negative. No further tests are warranted or... Read more »

Blood for T cell test taken during glucose tolerance test: could it affect the results of the T cell test?

Dr.Moyle,During a glucose tolerance test (I was actually having it done per your recommendation), they drew blood for a T cell subset. I was to have had a T cell subset done late next week, but I thought that, since they had the needle in my vein...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
it should make no difference. There are many things reported to modestly influence CD4 and VL tests but fed and fasted states are not one that is considered important. Vigourous excercise, smoking, infections and vaccinations are the most well known... Read more »
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Testing Nightmare, 4 tests 3 days, 6 tests 2 weeks

Posted by sms988, 1 Reply
I got tested after exposure and the results were negative, yay right? Well I'm kind of doubting my result... not out of "should I have waited longer" because I waited the right amount of time, it's how the test administrator performed the test. He... Read more »

Tested Negative, but ex tested positive...

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My ex tested negative a month after our last encounter but he tested positive seven months after that encounter... I decided to get tested days ago, result: negative at 13 months (last friday, Rapid test) but I still have some symptoms that come... Read more »

I just tested positive and My partner tested neg

Posted by Leonardo, 3 Replies
I just tested positive on Friday. I told my partner and took him for testing. He tested negative. We've been together 11 years and have always had unprotected sex. I feel so alone now. I want to die. I can't bear to think of my life with him... Read more »

Could I test positive after all this testing?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I recently tested negative at 6 months by the regular Elisa test. I was also negative at 3 months and 19 weeks. I also had a DNA PCR test at 8 weeks post exposure which was also negative.

I'm also having symptoms, tingling sensations in my legs... Read more »