Welcome to the Forum. Over the years, tests for HIV have become more and more sensitive and, as a result, give definitive answers regarding HIV sooner and sooner. There are also currently a number of tests now on the market, some of which can provide results sooner than others. The tests which are most widely used and which take the longest to provide definitive results are tests which test for only antibodies. These tests now provide definitive test results by 8 weeks following an exposure and for most people sooner than that. The interval between Dec 5 and January 25 is 7.5 weeks. At that time, nearly all persons with HIV would have positive tests. Your Feb 15 will most certainly be definitive.
If I were you, I would not be worried that you have HIV from your encounters on or before Dec 5.
I hope this comment is helpful. EWH
Dr. Hook, thanks for the comment. It was very helpful. I was supposed to get the results back today from my doctor, but they are now saying I have to wait tomorrow. So, I have two follow up questions:
1- Do you know what type of test this is? They took blood then sent it off to a lab. I also had this test back on Dec. 6th 2011.
2- I'm not worried about December 5th with my girlfriend, I'm more worried about mid-November. So, that would be over 8 weeks with a negative rapid anti-body test. Have you ever seen or heard of someone testing negative after 8 weeks, then test positive at 12 weeks?
1. Sorry, there are many types of blood tests.
2. No, it has been many years since I have seen anyone who had a negative test at 8 weeks who then became positive. The tests have improved substantially since then. I remain confident your test will be negative. EWH
Hi Dr. Hook, thanks again for your help. I received my results today and everything was negative. Big relief, but I'm sure you are not surprises. Just to confirm, at this point I don't need any further testing?
As I said before, there is no medical need for further testing.
Time for this thread to end. EWH