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Testing after a rape


I was raped six weeks ago. A man broke into my house and raped me while I was sleeping. I woke to him yell profane words at me and told me he gave me hiv. I took a six week hiv test today. Two weeks after the rape I was not sure if he came back and raped me again b/c my clothes were on a little different and I had a lot of wetness.

My question is the six week test conclusive even if i might have been violated two weeks after the first incodent?

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239123 tn?1267651214
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All I can say is that a test 6 weeks after the last exposure is close to 100% certain.  However, after sexual assault, most authorities recommend a final test 3 months after the event.

You're the only one who can judge whether or not you were sexually assaulted a second time.  Just be sure you are tested a final time at least 3 months after the last possible exposure.  But in the meantime, the negative result 6 weeks after the first event (possibly only 4 weeks after a second event) still is highly reassuring.

You need to be tested for other STDs as well, if that hasn't been done.

HHH, MD
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Two weeks after the rape I was not sure if he came back and raped me again b/c my clothes were on a little different and I had a lot of wetness.

You're not sure????  I doubt anyone sleeps through a rape..
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I doubt anything happened to me two weeks after the rape but I wanted to be sure that if anything did happen the six week test covered it. I take kolonopin that makes me sleep really deep so yes, it's possible that something happened again.
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Hello Dr
I'm new in this forum. After reading many threads i'm a little confused about your answers.
You recommend in this thread a 3 month test. However in your previous answers you said 6-8 weeks are enough.
For example: in a thread from 28/10 you say "You do not need HIV testing at 12 and 24 weeks; a single test at 6-8 weeks would be sufficient."
How can a rape be so different from any other sexual exposures?
Please answer me as I'm approaching my 6 week mark and obviously i'm under a lot of pressure.
Thank you very much
239123 tn?1267651214
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
6-8 weeks is fine for rape as well as anything else. However, so many authorities still recommend 3 months following rape, that it is less confusing to simply go with the flow in that circumstance.

The higher the risk, the more important to have a late test at say 3 months.  This has been discussed in detail; search the archives for "time to positive HIV test" and "HIV diagnosis".

HHH, MD
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Thank you doctor for your quick reply.
I did search in the archives but couldn't find what's different about rape.
What do you mean by saying "The higher the risk, the more important to have a late test at say 3 months"?
I'm sorry if it seems that i'm repeating my question but i just couldn't understand why the risk is higher in rape even after searching the archives.
Moreover, if tests are indeed conclusive after 6-8 weeks why would i have to test after 3 months?
Should i wait 3 months to get tested?
Once again- thank you very much.
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I'm so sorry to hear of your tragic experience.  All I kept thinking when readin your post was why didn't you go to the emergency room after he raped you?  Especially after cruely stated he gave you hiv.  I would think that would warrant PEP.  Anyway for one time exposure, it's like 1/1000 chance he passed it on to you (if even did have hiv.)  I will definatly keep you in my thoughts and keep my fingers crossed.  Did they catch this guy?  I'm very disgusted at this whole situation.
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Yikes!!!!!That happens to be a million dollar question. I am willing to spend 3/4th of my net worth if someone can answer that. If only Einstein was alive :-)

P.S: I know I have lost it
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Is the 3 month test necessary. You later wrote that 6-8 weeks is usually fine for a rape.
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What I meant to say in my last post is would my test I took yester day six weeks possibly four week test be conclusive/accurate? I don't want to take a three month test unless it is absolutely necessary.








239123 tn?1267651214
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
As I said originally, "a test 6 weeks after the last exposure is close to 100% certain. However, after sexual assault, most authorities recommend a final test 3 months after the event."  So the final testing time is up to you.

HHH, MD
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I don't think the doctor can be any more thorough than he already has been.
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