9 weeks negative is definitely a very strong indicator that you don't have it, if I was you, would n't have tested any more however if you want you could re test at the 12 th week....it's very very unlikely that your result would change.
Teak says unprotected vaginal is high risk because it's one of the prominent mechanism of transmission however the DR. and other experts might tell you that it's a low risk because it's not a high risk as compared to sharing needles and unprotected anal sex
But you don't have to worry about it since you've already got your 9 weeks negative and thats good enough to rule out HIV !
Thanks mike, i dun know if i can move on, cos these last few days, got so many poser say they are HIV positive at 12 weeks
btw Rapid test like the finger pick is to check the antibodies while the standard ELISA test is to check the HIV virus itself right?
If I tell you that, those are all bull sh!t would you believe it ?
believe the doctor not random internet posters, if I tell you that am Bill Gates who's trying to help you here would you believe me ?????
I demand a reply!
The reason 6 week's negative is encouraging for an individual with a normal immune system is ;
1. A test taken on the 6-8 week would always give you a reliable result (Any anti body test any generation including the finger *****)
2. Since average would seroconvert 22 days after the exposure and few go up to 4 to 6 week - 6 months(people with shattered immune system, iv drug user etc.)
4. Detectable amount of antibodies would always be shown in the test result after two weeks preceding seroconversion
5. Having said that all by 6 week a person should get an indicative result when tested by any generation of the test
Dr's insight about a six week test :
D. HHH's words :
"Last November I attended a large medical meeting in which 300+ HIV/AIDS experts were asked if they had had any patients in the past 5 years who took more than 6-8 weeks to turn positive. Not one person raised his or her hand. Search this forum for "time to positive HIV test" for innumerable discussions.
Rapid tests and ELISA tests both test for antibodies.
You keep bring up that 300 physicians attended a conference. Realizing that there are over 800,000 active physicians in the US. 300 physicians are not many to agree on testing. That's what 0.0375% of the total physicians in the US.
It was a conference of 300 of the top HIV/AIDs experts, not 300 random physicians.
If tests at 6-8 weeks resulted in false negative results with ANY measurable frequency, there would not be so many well respected physicians and testing agencies who are adopting (and have adopted) the stance that 6-8 weeks is enough time for a conclusive result.
The official recommendations vary for a variety of reasons. If it were clear and obvious that 6-8 weeks results could not be trusted, NO agency (or Dr. HHH for that matter) would EVER recommend relying on them.
I keep bringing it up because those are doc's own word and the doc certainly knows it, I don't say a 6 weeks negative is conclusive but very indicative of what it's going to be at the 12th week, the Dr. himself has said it many times that a test at the 6th week would be at a 95 - 97 % accuracy.
I completely understand that CDC recommends 12/13 weeks to be conclusive but the modern generation test has certainly minimized the window period hence a test at the 6-8 week is said to be conclusive by MASS, AUSTRALIAN AIDS/HIV helpline and Dr.HHH
With all due respect to you.
I was just saying 300 out of over 800000 physicians is not enough to consider. One state that doesn't even have a high risk of HIV is nothing to consider. I
No offense taken
I completely understand the point however like I said before a test at the 6-8 weeks is not conclusive but definitely has some value.
A 6-8 week test has "some value"????
Try 98- 99% accurate. Thats far more than "of some value".
When I say some value that definitely means 95 -97 % accuracy, I've already mentioned that above
However CDC says 12 weeks to be conclusive so that's text book.
But I firmly believe in a 6 weeks test, for a fact the last time when I had my scare I tested at the 6th week and didn't test ever after.
You said, "There would not be so many well respected physicians and testing agencies who are adopting (and have adopted) the stance that 6-8 weeks is enough time for a conclusive result." Name the agencies peekawho that have said a 6-8 test to be conclusive. One state out of 50, which has a very low infection rate and 300 "Experts" out of over 800,000 physicians, which is not even 1%. First you need to look up what an "Expert" is. You don't have to be a doctor to be an "Expert" you only have to be knowledgeable of the subject. Now tell us which mfg. states that their tests are conclusive at 6-8 weeks. I'll help you, NOT A ONE. All of the mfg has the following statement, "Because you received a negative result does not mean you are negative. It may take months for the body to produce enough antibodies to detect. If you had a recent exposure, test at 3 months." It doesn't say 6-8 weeks is conclusive at all. Now who has the right to say it is conclusive at 6-8 weeks besides the mfg.? They are the ones that submitted their tests for an FDA approval and only the FDA can amend their approval when the mfg submits and files for an amendment and there has not been any mfg trying to have the testing guideline of there tests amended.
Then how do u explain the Massachusetts now use 6 weeks as window period? From wat i know, the mfg is trying to play safe, to protect their own interest so it say it may takes mths for antibodies to appear( IV drug user, cancer patient, chemo), to save their ass.
Since you just recently starting coming here. Give Mass depart of Health a call and they will explain their guidelines to testing and it's not 6 weeks conclusive across the board. Unprotect anal or vaginal and IV drug abusers are 3 months. Their 6 weeks, is for the low exposures. "blowjobs."
but Dr HHH say that unprotected viginal sex is consider low risk.
Sorry to say unprotect vaginal sex is not low. It's up there with unprotected anal sex and unprotect anal sex is the top of the list.
Actually, sorry to say that blood transfusions and needle sharing are at the top of the list. Unprotected receptive anal is considerably higher risk than unprotected receptive vaginal. Unprotected insertive anal is higher than unprotected insertive vaginal--which, in answer to the original poster's question, is indeed a 1 in 2000 risk. I'm not even going into this absurd testing nonsense.
So, gosh, who to trust. An internationally known and highly respected HIV/STD prevention expert, or another anonymous internet yahoo without even so much as a MD on some peer to peer board? Decisions, decisions.
There you go with your odds and statistics again, which have nothing to do with someone's actual status. It's a piece of paper, where changes can be made at the stroke of a pencil. You can't do that with someone that has had an exposure. Only testing will give them their status. Anyone that has had a risk and goes by stats and odds are just fooling himself or herself. HIV is not a guessing game to be played with as some on here seems to think.
6 to 8 or 10 to 14, does it really matter?
i think that u all taking that too far.
u made a mistake, lower or higher risk, so im sure u can wait 6,8, or 10 if u want to know if u are ok
Everything in life is statistics and odds. Think about it. If the weatherperson says a 20% chance of rain, do you carry your umbrella anyway? Do you play the lottery and *really, really* believe that this time you're going to win? Stay home just in case you might get hit by a meteorite? Come on. Of course not.
HIV isn't a game. No one said it was. But with all due respect, it also isn't the end of the world. I understand people are afraid. But there are lots of scarier things out there, and it makes me sad that people are wasting so much of their lives living in fear of something that isn't even a real concern for them.
I have know idea where you get your information, I'll tell you from experience, HIV is the end of the world as one previously had. Do you think it's just taking pills and it's fine? Have you ever taken PEP just for 28 days. We that have HIV do that everyday. You live with stomach cramps, diarrhea, vision trouble, hearing trouble, PN, OIs, resistance to meds, brain fog, dementia, severely fatigue and the list goes on. Some are bed fast, some are wheel chair bound. Some have to have continuous home health care. You don't think that is not the end of the world for some? It's not the life they had before contracting HIV. You Monkey make it sound like it's nothing and that's HIV is nothing to worry about. Put yourself in anyone
Teak, i think wat monkey means is Dr HHH said unprotected viginal sex is low risk and u say other wise. So is your word against the word coming out from the expert mouth. So naturally we will believe Dr HHH, he is a professional in this field .