hi all, i posted earlier regarding an exposure i was worried about, and again posting a report talking about the window period of HIV, but somehow that post has disappeared.. i dont know why
anyway, I had a negative test at 5 and 6 weeks using the oraquick advance but started to worry when I read hte report that said that oraquick advance was about 2nd generation sensitivity and that the dr. put the window period for 2nd generation tests at 4 to 12 weeks. Today, I got another oraquick advance blood test for HIV 1/2, at 53 days, which would be 7 weeks and 4 days from teh initial encounter, and it came back NEGATIVE, or non-reactive. I'm really relieved at the result because 7 weeks and 4 days seems like a very good indicator, unless sometime during the testing process and going to the hospital I had exposed myself to new risks, which seems unlikely. This process has felt like one whole nightmare, and sometimes when I wake up it feels overwhelming.
I sincerely hope that my 7 week, 4 day negative test, along with my 2week negative quantitative RNA can conclusively or almost conclusively rule out HIV, even though it was a rapid and not a newer generation. I feel a lot better now but sometimes it still all feels like a dream. Any thoughts, words of encouragement, or caution? Thanks a lot guys, for being there through the whole process.