Teak: I'm truly astounded by the amount of knowledge you have at your fingertips in these matters. Thank you very much. Bless you and all the other regulars on here who provide us newbies with insightful re-assurance.
There are no difference in the window period. The progression rate of HIV1 is much greater than HIV2.
In your opinion Teak, is there any reason to believe that the window periods differ between HIV 1 & 2?
HIV1 is still the most prevalent type of HIV there is, even in Africa.
you had protected sex...NO RISK
IF the condom had failed...you would have known it. it does not just get a little hole in it that is not noticeable...it basically shreds and the head of your penis is exposed.
I hope I am.THough when I finished my penis was almost totaly soft so the condom was wrapped and it was really hard to tel if there would be hole. The truth is I teste for HIV several times before but never recieved good education on whoto use condoms properly orwhat topay attention to so I can't be 100% sure it did not fail and this combinedwith fact that she was confirmed positive (read aboutit in press) really freaks me out
As AlPacino said in Goodfather:
This is the kind of business we've chosen. I will definitelly restrainfromthisbusinesstill rest of my life but I am very affraid of consequences of my current doings.
Jweezy206: I can understand your fears, although do keep in mind that I utilized the words "relatively more common", only to insinuate the slight surplus in HIV2 cases here in SE Asia as opposed to the statistically nil demographics within the United States & parts of Europe. This is my understanding thus far according to the research I've read, I don't in any which way presume to be an expert or for that matter even a novice in matters of HIV. On the other hand though, from the little that I have understood, if you're speaking from a strictly empirical perspective, HIV2 is by the far the most prevalent in parts of Africa. As I said it's relative, and so SE Asia is in NO way considered a hot zone for the HIV2 epidemic, so you need not worry, I'm sure you'll be alright, it's been re-assuring for you thus far :)
Stillhavehope: I now, understand your predicament more than ever as I am nearly in the same situation as you are with the exception of the fact that the sexworker I had protected vaginal/oral sex with was of unknown status to me, thus I cannot confirm in any which way if she was indeed positive or not. However my main concern revolves around the same exact doubt -- condom breakage. I'm not in anyway a very experienced man when it comes to matters of sexual do's & dont's, however in this scenario, I used a condom for vaginal intercourse. After the sex was done, it unfortunately didn't occur to me to inspect the condom with my hands, and so I only assumed the condom was fine by observing the fact that it looked normal. The good news is that most of the members here on the forum have stated that breakage is extremely evident & more so Teak -- an extremely knowledgeable member here told me that it there's no way you wouldn't notice a fail condom if you were to look at it. So I feel that you shouldn't worry, as I assume you too must've not noticed anything wrong with the condom after the sex, hence putting you in the clear. Smile, you're alright :)
my expousure was protected but i am affriad the condom failed she had long sharp nails and might have damaged it
I experince virtually all sort of HIV symptoms (and not all can be atributed to anxiety)
plus the press reported the guy had very agresive strainof HIV2 which is higly infectious - it makes sense as he was for one night stands and many of them got infected (they did not use protection but still taking statistics from this forum like1 to 1000 chance of transmition in single expousure you would say 1 or 2couldbe infected and there are 20+ reported cases so if he was here for 3 years assuming being very active sexually -1 girl every 2 days it would still make it 20/500 which is 1in 25 chance andireallydoubthe had 500 partnersmore like 50- 100 i think)
That sounds re-assuring as you asked your doctor. I'd like to discuss this in more detail with you, however not at the expense of hijacking StillHaveHope's thread, as I can understand what sort of anxiety he must be going through, but I hope he understands that we're all here praying for his health. It'll be alright StillHaveHope, this is merely anxiety that's gotten you by the balls (no pun intended), the tests you've had are extremely re-assuring :) I'll message you aak001, or if you'd like we can continue this discussion on my thread.
i thought than hiv 2 was more prevailant in west africa. when i asked my doctor before doing my test about this question he told me that 3 months is suffecient for both hiv 1&2. anyway i tested at 16 weeks post exposure and it was -ve and my exposure was in South East Asia.
No intentions to hijack stillhavehope's thread, but just for clarification's sake -- Regularjoey, when you mentioned that there's no reason to believe that HIV-2's window period may be longer as opposed to HIV-1's, have you by any chance ever seen Dr Hook or Dr Hunter state this as their understanding on the matter as well? Reason I'm asking is cause I plan on testing at my 3 months marker as well, and where my exposure materialized was in South East Asia where HIV-2 is relatively more common as opposed to in the US, would this lack of information on HIV-2's window period warrant a 6 months test then in my case? If you'd like, you can read more on my exposure through my profile, just signed up a day ago.
StillHaveHope, your name says it all. Always hope for the best and may your current worries be soon transformed into tears of happiness when you see your 3 months negative. Goo Bless :)
i wish you the best of luck in your test. was you exposure unproteced vaginal or anal?
No but my expousere was with sex worker who contracted it from HIV2+Nigerian spreading the disease, it was confirmed and covered in press in my country
most modren testing tests for hiv 1 & 2. thier is no reason to presume that the window period for hiv 2 is longer than hiv 1. anyway was your exposure in west africa becuase thats the home of hiv 2?
the virus is said to develop slower so that's why I am asking. Also my major ARS symptoms (fever, unsteady blood peasure and pulse, swallen groin lymphs and savere pain in groins, diareha) came late at 6 weeks
Evenifmy 3 months will comenegative ithink iwill still be scareed for months to come:(
There is no specific information on the HIV-2 window period, but there is no reason to believe that it is any longer than for HIV-1. A negative result at 3 months is reliable.