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Am I still in danger?

Hello everyone!

I´m a male, 35 years old and I live in Mexico city.
I, like everyone else in this forum, we´re very concerne of our health. Sorry for my bad english and Plese, let me tell my story:
One of the last days of 2021, I had sexual intercourse whith a female sex worker. Unfortunately, at some moment, I don´t understand why, the condom broke.
Since that day, it begin my torment, agony that continues until today.
After a month this terrible moment, I went to testing me of HIV (4th generation Electrochemiluminescence Combo HIV 1-2/ p24) and I got a negative result.
Three weeks later, moving for my conscience, I consulted a specialist doctor (infectologist) and told me, after analise my case and did some stadistics that
would have been very difficult to got infected, I mean, I talking about the probabilities to win the lottery! He tried to calm me and told me that  I need to get back to my normal
life (including have protected sex if I wanted it), but, sincerely, I won´t, because I don´t think that´s a good idea expose somebody else to danger.
Besides, the doctor asked me to do other tests: hepatitis B and C and treponema pallidum, all of which were negative.
However, what scares me the most is having been infected with HIV!
So here I am reading through medical forums and websites trying to read and learn as much as I can about the subject. In some pages I have read comments from doctors who affirm that the diagnosis can be definitive after 3 or 6 months.
Others affirm that a negative result in 28 day (with a 4th generation COMBO test)is deemed conclusive.  I don't know if I'm safe at this point, or if on the contrary, I'm still in danger.
My doctor prescribed new tests that I have to do at the end of May ´22, I´m  scare, I´m freaking out!
I hope you can help this scared man. Thanks!
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A 4th gen test that you took is conclusive after 4 weeks so you should move on and stop spending any more time searching about hiv. Some sites use very outdated guidelines and say to test after 3 months. We rely on the opinion of expert doctors who say 4 weeks and don't pay attention to whatever you can find or we will be here arguing all day.
THe good news is that your fear is irrelevant since you are negative, and someday you will realize that you have wasted a lot of your life worrying for no reason.
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Thank you very much for your prompt response!

Really, is comforting to have the point of view of experts on the subject. Is a relieve that everything points to me I´m safe, out of danger.
Yes, I think you are right, it is impossible to read absolutely everything on the internet about HIV.
However, I would really appreciate if you could share with me the opinions of the doctors who refute the indisputable value of the 4th generation combo test from 4 weeks.


"...share with me the opinions" I already did in summary form. If I provided a detailed explanation you would still want more. There are 5.000 other diseases and conditions that you can get without warning but you don't do searches on all of them or you wouldn't have any time left in your day.

Your hiv search for information is insatiable but you will not find peace until you let go of your fears and stop searching.
Ok. Thanks.
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