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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 10:32 pm 

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I had an HIV test performed recently and it came back with Nonreactive. There is a little disclaimer that I am trying to understand:

A Nonreactive HIV-1/2 antibody result does not exclude HIV infection since the timeframe for seroconversion is variable. If acute HIV infection is suspected, antibody retesting and nucleic acid amplification (HIV DNA/RNA) testing is recommended.

I think they are saying that you can't count on the status if you take the test too soon, which isn't a problem for me since I've used condoms consistantly and simply wanted a baseline since I had not been tested before, but I'd like to confirm that.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:33 am 

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If you are using condoms all the time then I wouldn't worry about repeating it at this point.

the disclaimer is for folks who have an encounter and go get tested for hiv a few days later for the most part. It's recommended that you wait and test 3 months after the encounter .

betsy

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:14 pm 

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Thanks Betsy. I am donating blood and had never had my status checked so I thought it was a good idea to get the test performed before my donation date.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:11 am 

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no reason to test for hiv before donating - they do it for you when you donate. For a full list of what they check for when donating blood - check out the website of whatever company you are going thru - red cross is the most widely used one and this is what they test for each time you donate :
The following tests are performed on each donor at the time of donation:

ABO/Rh determination
Antibody detection
Automated test for Syphilis
Antibody to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (anti HIV 1/2)
Antibody to Hepatitis B Core Antigen (anti-HBc)
Antibody to Hepatitis C Virus (anti-HCV)
Antibody to Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus (anti HTLV I/II)
Nucleic Acid Test for HIV 1/2/HCV and West Nile Virus (WNV)


they will notify you by mail if you test + to any of the diseases listed there.

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