your symptoms mean nothing when diagnosing hiv...only a test will do that.
it is highly unlikely that a test at 2 months will change...BUT ...only a test at 3 months will give you a conclusive result.
Lizzie, you reckon that the PCR test done 6 days after exposure does not count for anything?
Nope, the PCR is not approved for diagnostic testing. While it can be used to help spot early HIV transmission it is by no means worth taking anything from it. But like Lizzie said the 2 month is a very good indication.
Ok....thank you. Finally, Test value = 0.026. Cut off = 0.3 Result = Negative. Could this mean that my body is seroconverting and has started producing anti-bodies? I mean the test value is only roughly about one tenths of the cut off. Is the 0.026 the amount of HIV anti-bodies?
A CONCLUSIVE NEGATIVE HIV test is an ANTIBODY ASSAY @ 3 months. That said, your NEGATIVE @ 2 months combined with the PCR is very strong evidence against HIV infection.
ignore those numbers...they mean nothing to you. all you need to worry about is "reactive or non reactive"..."negative or positive".
Thank You all !! I appreciate the help and am humbled by the magnanimous way in which you all answer posts. Does anyone have any numbers, or links to articles and statistics with respect to being Negative at 8 weeks and then becoming positive at 12 weeks. Basically, I am looking for some comfort in numbers....maybe being 1 in 100 or something like that......
No there are no numbers. I can tell you that the 2 Dr's in the expert forum have not seen anyone turn positive after an 8 week test in several years.
Sorry to ask trouble you guys again. I was reading through the net and came across this site. http://www.thailandguru.com/hiv-aids-thailand.html To refresh your memory, my encounter happened in Bangkok. My tests were done in India for HIV A and B. Is this another strain that I need to get tested for? Have any of you guys heard about this? Jean Claude, being in Mumbai...any advice. I am in Bangalore???
Quick update....It is now 10 weeks and I cannot believe that I have made it this long...thank you all for your help....2 more weeks to go...sigh !!!
Had my 13 week (91 days) AB blood test and it was negative. Boy, when my pals told me that the experience with heterosexual anal sex is amazing, and told me to try it in Bangkok, they were absolutely right.....only thing....I had my orgasm 3 months later when I saw my Negative report. Sigh !! Time to Move On??