On May 1st, I had gone to a massage parlour in Mumbai where the masseur was very cooperative and I licked her nipple for a second and went on to massage her private parts with a surgical glove and made her come. I had my underpants on all the time and with them on got carried away and rubbed my penis against her vagina while she had her slacks on and felt some wetness. After a week I got intense burning on my urinary area as well as burning on my hands and feet. I feel like I have fever but the temperature is normal and at times 99 in the evening. I am scared of contracting HIV and wanted to check if I am under any risk. I got my urine tested for urine and culture and they were negative. Recently I did the Tri Dot antibody test after 6 weeks and it was negative. Do I need to get tested again?
As my symptoms were persisting I got another urine culture done recently and it was positive for e coli of more than 1 lakh psu and have started Distaclor CD on the advice of a urologist.
I deeply regret the above incident and am still worried about contracting HIV and need your advice
10. How long should I wait to test and what is the 'window period' ?
We know approximately how long it may take a person to produce antibodies to HIV based on years of data, research and advancements in testing.
A person who has contracted HIV may show up positive as early as two weeks after the time they were infected. According to page 11 of the Module 6 Training Manual from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the vast majority of those who contract HIV will show up positive between 4—6 weeks after infection.
To obtain a reliable test result, it is recommended that you wait at least six weeks after your last exposure. A tiny number of people may not test positive for three months. These are generally people with pre-existing immune disorders such as chemotherapy patients or recent organ transplant recipients who must take immune system-suppressing drugs. For this reason, many agencies will suggest a uniform three month test to cover everyone.
Testing beyond three months is completely unnecessary.
Here is a chart with approximate accuracy of HIV antibody testing:
11. Why do some places say to wait 3 months, 6 months, etc. to test?
Science (even medical science) is not perfect, and cannot account for every situation a person may have going on with their bodies. For this reason, not everyone will have enough antibodies to test at the same time. Those with weak immune systems can take longer to develop HIV antibodies.
Many resources lump everyone together to give one recommendation (for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this is 3 months). Some places suggest longer window periods because the staff may not be eeucated with regard to updates in testing procedures. Still, others may use the longer window period as an effective scare tactic for behavior modification. Overall though, six months is far more than anyone needs to wait.
Ultimately, a person can only educate themselves by using resources like infectious disease medical professionals, state HIV hotlines, and local AIDS service prevention and education organizations to gather information and make the decisions that work for them. There are websites where questions can be asked and answered about HIV transmission, and that is the purpose of those sites. It's not the purpose of this one. This is a site for people affected by HIV to congregate and find support.