For what I read on this forum 6 week antibody test is a good indicator.
I’m on the same boat, I’m on the 8th week, took a test at 6 weeks.
The waiting is unbereable.
Good luck, man. God bless.
Yes, man. I live in Juarez on the border with El Paso, TX. But I haven’t found anything in El Paso. I’ll take another test in 2 weeks. **** man. This 50 days have been hell.
I hope everything turns out ok, I’ll use condoms every ******* time.
All those many tests are not needed, if after your RNA PCR you just wait until the 28th day after your exposure, if you go for a duo combo ab/ag test, it will be accurate.
I concur with DragonPulse. You do not need any more NATs.
It is imperative that you understand, Nucleic Acid Test (Polymerase Chain Reaction) PCR directly look for the genetic viral material itself in the body unlike the Antibody test which looks for the body's response to the infection.
Theoretically, PCR can start detecting as early as 72 hrs after the infection and the detection just keeps getting better along with the time since the HIV virus replicates itself in large nunbers every day which means viral load keeps increasing every single day after the infection. For practical purposes one should wait atleast for 9 - 12 days after the exposure in order to get a PCR test.
A hypersensitive viral load test (Sensitivity - 100 copies / ml) are good enough to detect the presence of the virus in the body.
The right course of action from here is to wait until 28 days from the date of exposure and take a IV Gen HIV test. Your 'Undectected' result changing ahead is very unlikely.