Hi Gail, I had a risky encounter in October, I tested via Ora Quick Oral Antibody (In Home) following the manufacturers instructions at 3 + 5 months, is this considered conclusive? My partner tested at 3 months + 5 months Ora Quick + Blood Drawn at her annual. All test came back negative. I have not did my annual this year will be next week. At this point would there be any antibodies developed to say that my test is conclusive? Or is there a need to be tested again? Thanks in advance.View Thread
After my brief vaginal unprotected exposure, I've tested 3 times, using oraquick, at 9 weeks, at 11 weeks, and at 12 weeks, all negative. My biggest fear that bothers the living hell out of me is that one day when I try to go to the military or get health insurance . I'll get terrible news about HIV showing up in my bloodView Thread
Hello, I am worried about an incident that happened a few days ago. I was eating at a tapas restaurant...
Posted by Anon_126579
I am worried about an incident that happened a few days ago. I was eating at a tapas restaurant with the family and one of the waiters I know came by to say hello. He's normally really outgoing since I'm a regular customer and I gave him a hug and a handshake and immediately went back to eating the tapas with my hands. Later, I noticed he had these huge legions on his forearm and hand which was his right hand and the one I shook. I'm a little concerned that I could have ingested some blood since I took a bite of food w/in seconds after I shook his hand. I also have constant teeth and gum problems so my mouth could have been an open portal for entry within seconds of which I shook his hand. I'm very concerned that I'm at risk for HIV or HEP C since skin legions are one of the symptoms of the aforementioned viruses and I know that the waiter used to be a recreational drug user because one time he told me that he became a born again Christian bc he used to have an addiction problem so therefore it's not that remote of a chance that he has one of those diseases. Please help me. I'm very worried and I'm getting anxiety over this.View Thread
Hi. I went to a clinic and took a HIV test. I was giving the oraquick test that use a swab for my mouth to test for HIV. When I took the test, the person who help me take the test ask me some questions about HIV and other things. When that was finish, he look at the test and saw I was negative. The question I have is that the person took about 5 to 10 minutes at most to look at the test after I swab my mouth. How accurate is oraquick after 5 minutes. I saw the test and you can see the line that indicate me being negative but the line wasn't very dark. Would the positive line show up later if it was a full 20 minutes?View Thread
I am from India I am really worried and anxious about my HIV status. I had three high risk exposures, all of...
Posted by An_255958
I am from India I am really worried and anxious about my HIV status. I had three high risk exposures, all of which happened before two years (i.e. from 2010 to 2012). However I did not get tested for HIV ever after any of those exposures, due to fear (which I regret now). Recently I had another non condom protected vaginal intercourse on 31st Dec 2013. Subsequently in the first week of March 2014, I was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. After this, I got three HIV tests (all Duo CMIA) done on 3rd March , 7th March and 10th March, all of which turned out to be negative. However, due to the fact that I have contracted TB, which is the most common OI along with HIV, I am really worried if these results could be false negative. Also I read on the Abott Architect CMIA product insert on FDA the following clause. "A test result that is nonreactive does not exclude the possibility of exposure to or infection with HIV-1 and/or HIV-2. Nonreactive results in this assay for individuals with prior exposure to HIV-1 and/or HIV-2 may be due to antigen and antibody levels that are below the limit of detection of this assay." Also I have read about a second window period for such tests in which antigen and antibody levels can fall below the diagnostic threshold after an initial reactive result. 1. What are the chances that my test results could be false negative especially because I have had prior risky exposures and could have contracted the virus more than 2 years back from one of my risky exposures and also because I have been diagnosed with TB? ( I have taken BCG vaccine during childhood and GeneXpert results have shown that my TB is not Drug Resistant TB)2. Is there a possibility that because I might have got infected 2 years back, the antigen and antibody levels have become undetectable?3. Do antibody levels actually become low with time as the virus progresses ?4. Do you suggest taking one of the more sensitive HIV tests like HIV RNA ( I have been contemplating this, but then read on the internet that the chances of false positive results are quite high in these cases). Also, which test do you suggest among HIV 1 - RNA qualitative ; HIV 2- RNA qualitative and HIV 1- Proviral DNA.5. If I do a CMIA duo test after March 31 (which will be after 3 months from my last risky exposure), can I take the results of the test as conclusive. Or would that also be not conclusive ?6. What could be the other reasons for catching TB if I indeed dont have HIV? And how strong are these reasons? (I am reasonably well off and dont think that I have been exposed long to any person suffering from TB. However I have been eating less food for the last few months due to work pressure and lack of time.) I am really anxious and stressed out and would really appreciate your help and guidance in this. ThanksARView Thread
It's my first time posting something any where, but I've been stressing for the past 6 years thinking I could...
Posted by An_255881
It's my first time posting something any where, but I've been stressing for the past 6 years thinking I could be HIV positive. I had sex with this guy who intentionally broke the condoms(without me knowing and beats me how)when we would have sex. I would find out it "broke" once we were done. I stopped having sex with him and 4 months after I got a really bad cold with severe body ache, pink eye, swollen glands, and conjuntivitis. I was told it was a virus and no antibiotics were needed except for the eyes. I was with another guy right after the one who broke the condoms and was with him for 2 years. Now he is married. I just recently found out that the guy who broke the condoms had been sleeping with prostitutes without protection, and now I'm worried. I asked the other guy(still friends with him)if he or his wife have been tested or been fine, and neither of them are sick(thank God). I had an ultrasound for possible breast cancer(all negative) and it showed that my glands by the armpit were very swollen. I got sick with bronchitis shortly after. Recently all my joints were hurting and I was tested for lupus and other stuff, but all negative....diagnosis. ..depression and anxiety. Some complexes were high others low. Lacking of vitamin D3 etc....but just recently my OCD and paranoia have been killing me. Reading about hiv symptoms and all that stuff....After 6 years I'm feeling as if I had it...I'm scared to get tested and find out I'm possitive. I haven't had sex after the last guy mentioned and don't want to have sex with anyone because I'm afraid to get something or to already have it and give it to them. Could it be possible that all of us 5 are asymptomatic for all this years? Please help me.....thank you....View Thread
It's my first time posting something any where, but I've been stressing for the past 6 years thinking I could...
Posted by An_255881
It's my first time posting something any where, but I've been stressing for the past 6 years thinking I could be HIV positive. I had sex with this guy who intentionally broke the condoms(without me knowing and beats me how)when we would have sex. I would find out it "broke" once we were done. I stopped having sex with him and 4 months after I got a really bad cold with severe body ache, pink eye, swollen glands, and conjuntivitis. I was told it was a virus and no antibiotics were needed except for the eyes. I was with another guy right after the one who broke the condoms and was with him for 2 years. Now he is married. I just recently found out that the guy who broke the condoms had been sleeping with prostitutes without protection, and now I'm worried. I asked the other guy(still friends with him)if he or his wife have been tested or been fine, and neither of them are sick(thank God). I had an ultrasound for possible breastfeeding cancer and it showed that my glands by the armpit were very swollen. I got sick with bronchitis shortly after. Recently all my joints were hurting and I was tested for lupus and other stuff, but all negative....diagnosis. ..depression and anxiety. My some complexes were high others low. Lacking of vitamin S3 etc....but just recently my OCD and paranoia have been killing me. Reading about hiv symptoms and all that stuff....After 6 years I'm feeling as if I had it...I'm scared to get tested and find out I'm possitive. I haven't had sex after the last guy mentioned and don't want to have sex with anyone because I'm afraid to get something or to already have it and give it to them. Could it be possible that all of us 5 are asymptomatic for all this years? Please help me.....thank you....View Thread
I had an hiv test done at 7 weeks unknowen exposure that came out negitive im redoing the test now at 3and...
Posted by An_255879
I had an hiv test done at 7 weeks unknowen exposure that came out negitive im redoing the test now at 3and half months post same unknown exposure im freaking out about the results. I did two oraquick at home test yesterday both were negitive. Can I still be positive? ?? Help im not doing emotionally well over hereView Thread
hello today as I went to a boxing gym were I train I shook my trainers hand and immediately after this incident as I was putting my hand wraps on I picked my nose mostly on the outside with my thumb, my question is if there were body fluids on his hand and I touched them and immediately put my hand on my nose would there be a risk, as of what I remember I really don't recall feeling like there were body fluids? am I at risk of hiv?View Thread
My English not good, please help me on this. December 26th I have gone for MRI Scan about my spine problem, before me one women took MRI Scan test for brain and later I took the test however I have noticed some blood in my middle finger, I don't know where it was came to and I have noticed small pimple in my face with blood. I came to know that she was infected with HIV positive. I don't know whether she is bleeding blood or not. It is my thinking: I thought if blood at MRI Scan table bed sheet and same attached to middle finger, with same finger blood scratch the pimple in face and get blood. She was died recently and now my worries are like non stoppable. MRI test took more than 20 mints to me and after I have changed the lab dress , while I am waiting for MRI report my hands were scratching some pimple in face at the point I had seen dried blood( very light) on middle finger it was all most after the test 1 hr . At 17 days I have done PCR DNA - Negative Signal HIV rapid test at 30 days -Negative Signal HIV rapid test ate 66 days -Negative Do you want me test at 12 weeks or shall i go for normal life with wife? View Thread
I had a work injury on 25 January 2014, got scratched by a HIV positive person. Done the Elisa test on me, when result came back negative started me on Tribuss. Today is day 33. Dr draw blood this morning and send to lab. They done HIV1/2 Ab + P24Ag test. Result came back negative. My docter told me to relax and forget about it I'm negative. Still very anxious. Should I retest on 6 and 12 weeks?View Thread
I NEED HELP:6weeks ago,i had oral sex with a new girl both giving and receiving,i later found out she does it with other men.After the encounter i started having fear of hiv.for the past 5weeks,i have had these symptoms;DIZZINESS,FEW STRANGE VERY TINY RASHES ON FACE,SORE THROAT,RIGHT NECK PAIN,JIONT ACHE,CHIL FEELING SOMETIMES,FEVERISH FEELING,INSOMENIA AND UNWELL FEELING.these symptoms has been on for weeks till now,am totally at lost cant do anything these days but worry. I took the girl for Hiv test after 4weeks she is negative and am negative too.i did PCR test after 5weeks ago,its still negative.am still scared because am still not feeling well till now,most of the symptoms i listed are still present.doctors said i need not worry.....but am still worried,advice me please.I know stress cant be causing this,to me i believe something is wrong.HELP PLEASEView Thread
I am a white heterosexual male that had vaginal intercourse with a white female. My concern is that while we...
Posted by Anon_3021
I am a white heterosexual male that had vaginal intercourse with a white female. My concern is that while we were having sex the condom broke. I felt it break immediately and pulled out put on a brand new condom.
The next morning I woke up and I looked down at my penis and the very tip of my penis had some minor abrasions which I did not notice the night before. They were not bleeding or anything, just looked raw and scrape like.
So for a few seconds my penis and its abrasions were exposed to vaginal fluids. The fact that I woke up and I'm seeing these scrapes after a condom break is freaking me out. What are the chances that I have these weird random scrapes on the tip of my penis, the one night I decide to have a girl come home with me, and the condom breaks. So frustrated!!
I spoke to the girl about her STD status and she said she was clean and I have nothing to worry about but you never know.
Also 2 years ago my ex girlfriend gave me HSV-2. So I am also thinking could these minor abrasions be a mild break out? It doesn't look or feel like a breakout. In fact it feels like nothing and I only noticed it when cleaning in the shower. So could it be a breakout and if so, I know it makes me more susceptible to contracting HIV.
How risky was my event? Could those few seconds of being exposed pose a credible risk?
Hi gail,i have been reading your forum for a while now,and i have loved how you take your time to answer everyone's questions,i was hoping you would hear mine.
I had sex with a couple of sex workers in march of 2013,and all protected,on may i developed a rash,white tongue that i brush but comes back the next day,had a really high fever,and headache with back pains. every month i have taken an oraquick till feb. 2014,which were all negative. I now have a lymph node on my neck,on my collarbone,bumps in my stomach,with painful burning stomach aches,and weird diarrhea. I have made a mistake and regret deeply what i have done as i have a gf,she tested negative this month too. Now my question's are:
1. Can hiv become aids within a year or less?
2. Can oraquick detect aids? Full blown aids?
3. Within the 12 times i took oraquick which were all negative,could all of them be false negatives?
4. Can thinking too much cause any of the symptoms of hiv?
5. If i took a rapid blood test now or any other test,is there a possibility of them being positive?
6. Can hiv stay dormant in a persons body for a year before showing anti-bodies?
7. Is there that much of a difference between an oraquick,elisa,and wb test?
Please answer gail if you can,i would really appreciate it,thank you so much!View Thread
Finally decided to do a blood antibody at a lab.scared to death waiting for my results. Did a oraquick test the same morning my blood was drawn (negative) that make s 8 negatives out to 23 weeks. Fingers crossed. Hoping for some comfortView Thread
I was at a sauna I liked to visit and a man rubbed the tip of my penis for a minute at the most and I then told him to stop. That was the extent of the exposure. I asked the man if he had any open cuts on his finger and he said no. 6 weeks later I had diarea and headache for about 10 hours. Should I be teeted?View Thread
Hello Community, Over the last couple of weeks, a cluster of small blisters appeared on one of my right...
Posted by An_255667
Over the last couple of weeks, a cluster of small blisters appeared on one of my right hand fingers. Initially, I observed tiny clear blisters on back of my finger. After a couple of days, the blisters became red and expanded to cover a relatively wider area; the blisters are itchy. I then developed another cluster of blisters on the bottom of my left thumb. The blisters were raised and extremely itchy. The itchiness will subside after a week. But it takes time to heal; when it heals, it leaves a dark spot. Although I have been getting similar itchy blisters, the frequency of getting them has increased recently. Just the other day, I observed an itchy rash on the wrist of my right hand. The itchiness intensifies as the rash expands and becomes raised. I am concered that the blisters and rashes are related to HIV. I have had sexual encounters with CSW but always use condoms for intercourse except when I am receiving oral sex. I still worry about the possibility of being infected with HIV. I am worried that my recent skin problem might be related to HIV or other STDS. Other than the skin rashes and blisters and I have no other symptoms?View Thread
I recently saw an escort, and was wondering if anyone could clear up something I have been worrying about the past week. I went down on her, and I had no idea she was on her period until we finished, when I noticed blood. We had intercourse with a condom, but some of the blood got on my penis when I took it off. Assuming she was HIV positive, are the chances of me contracting HIV high enough to be concerned? I am really stressing out over this, so any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.View Thread
22 days ago I had sex with someone who says they are HIV- We started without a condom and then he put one on....
Posted by An_255579
22 days ago I had sex with someone who says they are HIV- We started without a condom and then he put one on. I since have felt very tired and sometimes I feel nauseous. I dont want to eat much, even if I am hungry. Last night I had a very low grade temp 99.5 and a sore throat. I took a Oraquick swab yesterday and it was negative. I am going to retest but is this a good indication of my future results? I am so scared.View Thread
I was at the hospital 3-4 days ago, and I had been waiting several hours for my MRI and I was getting DEADLY...
Posted by An_255534
I was at the hospital 3-4 days ago, and I had been waiting several hours for my MRI and I was getting DEADLY cold (I got a flu after that and still sick...) because the aircon wasn't working at it's best, but I didn't dare move from my seat since I was expecting to be called at any moment.
When it was finally my turn, I went and changed into one of these light hospital clothing but I just couldn't spend 1h laying down without peeing first! So I was in a rush, even colder and went into the WC available next to the changing rooms (right to the MRI room itself): what I would normally do is use a kleenex to open the door and close it, flush the toilet first, put paper over the seat and wash my hands with soap before and after peeing, but this time around, I actually went past most of all these careful steps I usually take, touched the door knob with my bare hands, still flushed the toilet first, but decided not to sit down and just crouched over the seat quickly...which is when I suspect the INSIDE of my underwear touched the toilet seat, the upper top/upper top side area (my memory of it is not perfectly clear)...also, for this ONE time, I actually didn't clean myself and just put back my underwear on immediately (still in a rush and half frozen to death, I usually NEVER do that! The other reason is that I realized at the back of my head that I touched the door with my bare hands and didn't wash them afterwards...and that it was better for me not to wipe myself with paper touched by said hands...), so the inside of the underwear was a bit moist...
Sorry for making you read this gross description, but I just can't get it out of my head.
Is there any risks related to the inside of underwear touching a possibly contaminated toilet seat (it's a hospital after all, tons of sick people.....) and then being in direct contact with my genitals continuously for the next xyz hours? Is there any disease/germs in general I could get from said underwear? I know I sound paranoid and crazy about this, but it's truly driving me mad My immune system is weaker than normal people because of the medication I take for my autoimmune condition, so I'm afraid what wouldn't do anything to other people would affect me....
I used my tongue to kiss on the girl's neck that has opened wound of acne that I remember it was still some bleeding, so if some bleeding from her acne wound come in to my tongue, can I get HIV transmitting?
How long do ARS symptoms generally last?
Last year I got the flu and it was gone in about four days....
Posted by An_246781
How long do ARS symptoms generally last?
Last year I got the flu and it was gone in about four days. During this flu I don't remember having an itchy rash or anything. Just a pounding headache, fatigue, etc. upon research, I found that most sight say ARS symptoms include a mild fever of up to 102 degrees. If my fever exceeds this, which it did (104.3 degrees) does this mean that this was not ARS symptoms and just the simple/seasonal flu?View Thread
Hi ok here's the thing I had unprotected sex 3mo ago I did one test at 4wks and 2 at 90days all neg.. I was just wondering if I didn't swab my gums enough or if I did it wrong would I still get a control line ??? The guy I had sex with said he is negative .. but I don't know what to trust.. please help how do I know I did the test right?View Thread
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