First HIV test - negative!

  • Rhi_Bran

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    May 30, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    I'm happy icon_biggrin.gif only unprotected sex I've had was with my ex, months ago. He was negative so far as I knew, but then again, he did end up cheating on me with someone whose sexual record I was completely unsure of. Phew!
  • The_Guruburu

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    May 30, 2013 12:05 AM GMT
    That's good. Keep it up.

    Edit: though that leaves me thinking, how often do guys get tested? I see dates all over the map..., some within 3 months, some from years ago (and claiming they're still neg/STI-free). I'd think every 3 months would be a good standard testing period. Thoughts?
  • Rhi_Bran

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    May 30, 2013 12:11 AM GMT
    It can depend. It takes up to six months for HIV antibodies to saturate bodily fluids to the point where they can be detected via a test, but they can permeate the body in as few as two.
  • Christoforos

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    May 30, 2013 12:12 AM GMT
    Awesome! icon_smile.gif

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    May 30, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    Rhi_Bran saidIt can depend. It takes up to six months for HIV antibodies to saturate bodily fluids to the point where they can be detected via a test, but they can permeate the body in as few as two.

    As few of two what? Not months. A person recently infected with HIV can begin infecting others within WEEKS of contracting the virus. Long before the most common HIV tests will detect anything, but instead are giving negative readings.

    But I'm glad to hear you had a negative test. If your last unprotected sex was more than 3 months ago your HIV test is revealing your actual status with a fairly high degree of reliability. Only in rare cases can it take a full 6 months for the antibody markers to develop. But a test at 6+ months should cinch it.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    May 30, 2013 1:40 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Rhi_Bran saidIt can depend. It takes up to six months for HIV antibodies to saturate bodily fluids to the point where they can be detected via a test, but they can permeate the body in as few as two.


    As few of two what? Not months. A person recently infected with HIV can begin infecting others within WEEKS of contracting the virus. Long before the most common HIV tests will detect anything, but instead are giving negative readings


    Umm, that is exactly what I meant. You will typically not find the antibodies in a test two weeks after exposure. I never said anything about spreading it icon_confused.gif
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    May 30, 2013 3:35 AM GMT
    Congrats. Next time, maybe wait a little longer to get to know him better before having unprotected sex. Just my opinion. icon_smile.gif