I was in a committed relationship with my girlfriend for two years. During that time, we engaged in unprotected sex.
When we broke up, I found out about her secret lifestyle some experimenting with heroin and also cheating on me with other men.
We broke up in December of 2011. I have NOT had sex with anyone since then. Today is February 18th, 2012.
I went to the STD clinic yesterday and had a rapid HIV test (blood was drawn, so I don't know if it's the same as a rapid oral test).
My results came out negative/non-reactive. If it has been roughly 6-7 weeks after last having sex with her, can I trust that my results are negative? My testing doctor, who has 15 years experience, said that with new tests 4 weeks after exposure would show a positive result. Is that true?
I keep reading that 3 months is the only conclusive number.
Should I take my result as negative and move on, or do I need to wait and get tested again?
Yes, the explanation given your doctor is correct. The newer tests like ELISA 4th generation are very accurate and give reliable results within 4 weeks of exposure.
In your case, though, your ex-girlfriend, might have cheated, the probability of her having HIV, is present if she had sex with a HIV positive person.
Since your test at 6 weeks post exposure, is negative, it is conclusive that you are free of HIV. In case, you are still in doubt, you can repeat a test at 12 weeks, and if that is Negative, then, it will be conclusive that you do not have HIV.
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