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Getting Scared to Death - Please help

I am from Gujarat, India. This episode of mistake and foolishness happened on 30th June, 2011. I had an encounter with a Commercial Sex Worker from Bombay. First I fingered her. Then we went on to have bath. After the bath I touched her clits with the unprotected tip of my penis. Then we went on to have protected vaginal sex. The first condom slipped so I changed and put another one. This act was her on top of me. I didn't reach orgasm so I removed protection and she sucked me unprotected and I came a bit in her mouth. Then finally she gave me a hand job. Thereafter in about next three hours I sucked her breasts thrice and deep fingered her vagina during that time. I don't know her HIV and STD status. I had mild headache, loss of appetite, indigestion, sweating, feeling restless and sleep-ness since the day I was with her. There after on 9th July, 2011 I got tested and the results are as under :

My 8 day PCR RNA test results which reads as under :

Test : Quantification of HIV - 1 RNA by standard procedure on COBAS Taq Man - 48
Method : COBAS Taq Man - 48 with Manual Extraction
Target Selection : Highly Conserved Sequence of Gag gene is selected for amplification and detection
Limit of detection : 47 copies / ml (28.2 IU/ml)
Measuring Range : 47-10,000,000 copies / ml (28.2 IU/ml - 6,000,000 IU/ml)

I am asking this because I got shingles before about 3 weeks and this is making me worried and making my life hell and scary with the thoughts that I am infected.
Consider the Indian Scenario for my case since its different than the USA - UK or other countries I believe.
Please reply soon.

My questions are :

1. What are the chances of me being infected if she was HIV positive?
2. Please can you comment on the result? Can this be considered reliable that I am not infected?
3. Taking a PCR - DNA Test today was adequate and reliable to know my status?
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You never had an exposure. HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host.

HIV is transmitted by;
Unprotected penetrative anal and/or vaginal sex
Sharing works with other IV drug users
Mother to child
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If and only if you have unprotected penetration, then you were at risk. HIV RNA test are not typically used for diagnosing HIV, but antibody tests. I think your test might be too soon. Take a DUO/4th generation test at 4 weeks. If negative, repeat at 12 for conclusive result.
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Please note the exposure was in 2011.
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Do you suggest that I take any HIV test after taking that 8 day PCR RNA test which showed that I am not infected?

After the shingles episode last 10 days have been devastating.

I take your replies very seriously.
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Shingles has nothing to do with HIV, you never had an exposure.
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Thanks Teak.. that was a huge relief for me.

One last question that lingers in my mind. What are the chances of negative male getting infected by positive female and negative female getting infected by a positive male. This is just by sheer anxiousness and for my knowledge.

Thanks once again for the great work done by you here.
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We don't play a numbers game here.
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If you don't have unprotected sex, you won't contract HIV.
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Thanks all for their comments and responses.

Gave me a relief today
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You said shingles (Herpes Zoster) has nothing to do with HIV but I read on so many sites that in second phase of HIV its the first infection to get usually. Whats your opinion on that?
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Why does it even matter? YOU HAD NO RISK.
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Shingles is an after effect of having had chickenpox's, nothing at all to do with HIV.
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I got my test done today and want to share the results :


Core Antigen No band deteced.
Endonuclease Polymerase Antigen No band detected.
Envelope Antigen No band detected.
Interpretation For HIV Blot NON REACTIVE FOR HIV



HIV I & II - 0.08
0 - 1 Non Reactive
1 - 5 Indeterminate
> 5 Reactive

Any comments?
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