Should I have reasonable confidence in rapid test at 4 weeks?
Preface: I've read hundreds of posts & sifted through everything to find quality info. So, before one of you respond to me with the oft-repeated, terse "stop worrying, get tested at 3 months, move on with your life"-type posts, let me clarify: I understand that a negative test at 3 months is conclusive. I understand that the average person seroconverts within 22 days. I understand that the "vast majority" of people seroconvert by six weeks. I understand that having unprotected sex with someone you don't know is stupid. I understand that if you are male, your chances of contracting HIV from unprotected vaginal sex with an infected partner are roughly 1 in 1000.
That being said, here is my predicament: I'm a 34 year old uncircumcised heterosexual. On 9/3/12, I had unprotected vaginal sex with a 37 year-old latina woman I met at a pub. She was divorced with 2 kids. The whole thing was weird because she pursued me and told me she was looking for a guy who was "positive" and knew how to make love. After the strangeness that ensued, I started worrying about whether she was HIV positive--perhaps I'm reading too much into her use of the word "positive," but I am praying this isn't some kind of code between HIV positive people looking to hook up. Anyway, we went back to her house & didn't waste any time getting after it. We had sex & I came inside her; before I did, I told her I was about to come & asked her where she wanted it. She just held me in tighter, and I came before I could pull out. Afterwards she was pissed off about it because she claimed I never told her I was coming and she was not on birth control, then kicked me out of her house with no more discussion, and would not answer or return a call from me later. Needless to say, the whole thing was disturbing. I waited 30 days and got a rapid Uni-gold Recombigen test today, which came back negative. I got another test too, at a different clinic, which I guess must be an ELISA or something(?)--it was a full blood draw from my vein and it will take 4-5 days to get the results.
1. As a reasonably healthy individual, i.e. with a strong immune system (which I take to mean I would create antibodies earlier rather than later), what level of confidence should I have that the negative rapid test is reliable at 1 month? 90%? 95%? What is the data on this?
2. I will, of course, be getting another test. Given that I do not have the fortitude to just sweat it out till 12 weeks, would you suggest I get the test done at 8 weeks? Is is reasonable to do it at 6?
3. If I were to take a Duo test this week, would it be basically conclusive?
If, in the course of my pre-post lurking, I've missed any replies (from the doctors on this site) that materially address questions & risks just like mine with a such a degree of specificity as to obviate my need to submit this post, I thank you in advance for your patience.
What a lovely lady--NOT.Look you have a few options here,you can take the DUO & then follow up at 3 months for a final result.I would suggest a full STD screen because this lady seems not to be the full deck,although you should have used protection,it takes 2 to tango.
Agreed, it was f**ing crazy, I was in a daze for the rest of the night. I did have a full battery done and I'm waiting on those results. I know it was stupid to hit it without a condom. I knew it while I was doing it, even with a number of beers in me. Luckily I haven't had any symptoms of any STDs yet. Any advice on how to locate a clinic to get a DUO or how long it takes to get the results? Thank you for your quick response.
I'll check it out. I thought I was developing a fever today with chills and lightheadedness etc. But i think it was some hydroxycut I took and too much coffee on top of it along with dehydration. I feel better now. And the nurse at the clinic took my temp at 98.3. As for the DUO, is it 99% + conclusive at 4-5 weeks?
If you had a positive DUO at 4 weeks a confirmatory test would be requested,if that was positive then you would be diagnosed with HIV--there are benefits from a DUO,The UK,AUS & many other countries have been using this test for years.
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