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    Jul 17, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
    i'm breathing easy folks. started a thread a few months back about an hiv scare and am happy to report that i recieved my second negative rna result! (thank you st. james infirmary!) eat shit gavin newsom.

    i'm also into my third week sans cigarettes and am not showing signs of mental illness. (thank you chantix!) i've been having good frequent poops and my dreams are awesome.

    AND i cleared a ghastly breakout which was so flagrant and disgusting i thought i'd never leave the house with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water and it COMPLETELY cleared! amazing. magical. (thank you apple cider vinegar!) you are delicious in dressing. you are acid reflux's most formidable enemy. you clear acne!

    now i'm going to bolinas to swim and watch the sun set. life is good.
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
    When did you sleep with the guy? A second negative test doesn't mean anything unless it is done six months after exposure.
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:38 AM GMT
    Glad to hear it, and hope everything goes well for you from now on.
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidWhen did you sleep with the guy?

    This. Especially when you were upset that the previous person you slept with who "might" have infected you didn't tell you.
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:41 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidWhen did you sleep with the guy? A second negative test doesn't mean anything unless it is done six months after exposure.


    I thought it was six weeks.
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:41 AM GMT
    The six month window period is old. Newer tests should be accurate within 2-3 months. It pays to ask your testing center.
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:45 AM GMT
    SeaSon saidThe six month window period is old. Newer tests should be accurate within 2-3 months. It pays to ask your testing center.


    Newer tests aren't always available at all clinics. And it is always better to be safe than sorry. The standard now is 3 months for most tests. But for the sake of complete assurance getting a second or third test at six months is still a smart idea.
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    Pee pee needs to not go into strangers.
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:59 AM GMT
    Munching,

    If your testing center is using a modern HIV test, you don't have to wait longer than the testing window they recommend.

    The anxiety caused by HIV worries is often unbareable and there's no reason to prolong the stress for the extremely rare chance someone may have not seroconverted within the window period.
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    Jul 17, 2009 3:03 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie said
    SeaSon saidThe six month window period is old. Newer tests should be accurate within 2-3 months. It pays to ask your testing center.


    Newer tests aren't always available at all clinics. And it is always better to be safe than sorry. The standard now is 3 months for most tests. But for the sake of complete assurance getting a second or third test at six months is still a smart idea.


    Oh wait I knew it was three months. I'm actually not *that* out of it.
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    Jul 17, 2009 3:19 AM GMT


    MunchingZombie is correct - 6 months, new tests or not.

    Here: "HIV usually shows up in testing 90% with in the first 30 days, 99.6% by the end of 90 days. A few people take a little longer to seroconvert, but in 10 years I have never seen a case. The biggest risk is when a person tests negative, they usually see that as a sign that they don't need condoms, this is where I see more infections than any other way, Always use protection with new partners until you both test.

    Someone's immune system could take the virus that long to start making changes to the cells. You would want to wait 6 months to be tested just to be on the safe side."
    from UK coalition http://www.ukcoalition.org/HIV-Test/24525.htm

    ...the disease does not behave differently in the US...
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    Jul 17, 2009 3:19 AM GMT
    SeaSon saidMunching,

    If your testing center is using a modern HIV test, you don't have to wait longer than the testing window they recommend.

    The anxiety caused by HIV worries is often unbareable and there's no reason to prolong the stress for the extremely rare chance someone may have not seroconverted within the window period.


    I know my local testing center does not have current tests. Funding has dried up over the years and less modern tests are cheaper.

    But, if you are having sex outside of a monogamous relationship, regular testing is a smart idea. I don't think a test ever six months is unreasonable.
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    Jul 17, 2009 3:30 AM GMT
    There's nothing wrong with testing regularly. It doesn't hurt to retest at 6 months, but it's important that people who test negative at 3 months know that they can return to a normal, anxiety free life cause the odds are overwhelmingly in their favor.

    If we were to worry about a 0.4% chance in other areas of life, no one would drive, eat sushi, step out into the sun or anything else that carries any form of risk.

    The line "A few people take a little longer to seroconvert, but in 10 years I have never seen a case" pretty much says it all. The risk is practically non existent.
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    Jul 17, 2009 5:04 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidWhen did you sleep with the guy? A second negative test doesn't mean anything unless it is done six months after exposure.
    He said RNA test .. if he is referring to an NAT type test, they work within 2 weeks of infection.