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i posted ago ago about a possibly exposure through oral sex, even though they told me here i had no risk i've got anxiety issues ive discussed in the anxiety forums.
my counselor, who i will see two times a week for a month due to my high levels of angst around this situation, has told me we should see how my anxiety levels change after i see a negative result. she thinks testing at 3 months is too high a risk for my mental and physical health due to my anxiety levels that are interferring with my normal life and relations with others. so i wanted to a when was the EARLIEST one can take an hiv test with reliable results??
I called the lab and the lady told me the only info she has is they use a 3 generation regular antibody test (hiv-1/hiv-2)
Today it's exactly 6 weeks after my possible exposure (oral sex with ejaculation in the mouth).
Should I wait until 8 weeks? (thats what i read in the experts forum)
I know what you said, but this is a mental health issue were talking about. the problem is my anxiety is so high i cant seem to believe the experts or the doctors, thats why my therapist wants me to get tested so i can react to an actual negative result. im still finding hard to believe i didnt have an exposure. if you really believe what you said i dont think youd mind me testing, as you know the results beforehand. but i as an individual who needs help and reassurance, i want to know when its the earliest i can test in order to trust my (we hope) negative results.
Since you're only testing for peace of mind, not because you actually had a risk, it doesn't really matter. The docs will tell you that 8 weeks is sufficient, we will tell you that 3 months is when a person can obtain definitive results.
You will have to decide what you want to do. Hopefully you can continue working with the therapist and finally put this behind you.
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