Beyond Anxious need advice FIRST TIME HERE!!! HIV testing

Posted by mattvrrt98 @mattvrrt98, Feb 24, 2019

Ive been told so many different sides of information of when a HIV test can fully rule out HIV infections. Ive been tested multiple times, by different clinics, and labs. To get to the point, i was new to the idea and acts of sexual activity, after a possible exposure (I'll spare the details, but no it wad quick, minimal, and brief, but unfortunately unprotected). Below are the tests and times they were taken.
Possible exposure date: October 12, 2018 ( around 2-3:00 in the morning so the 13th)
Tests taken:
5 weeks ( 35 days )- 4th generation- negative
8 weeks ( 56 days )- 4th generation- negative
9 weeks ( 61 days )- INSTI rapid HIV test- negative (as well as all other STIs)
11 weeks ( 82 days )- 4th generation- negative
13 weeks ( 90 days )- INSTI rapid HIV test- negative 2x
15 weeks ( 102 days )- INSTI rapid HIV test- negative
16 weeks ( 112 days )- 4th generation- negative
16 weeks ( 117 days )- Antibody test- negative
18 weeks ( 124 days )- Antibody test- negative
19 weeks ( 133 days )- INSTI rapid HIV test- negative
Im one week away from 5 months post exposure and I'm negative, but I've read cases and have heard from other people that i need to test at 6 months or longer!! Im beyond scared that i may become positive in the future. This anxiety has physically and mentally ruined me!!! What if I'm a person that takes longer than 6 months, or even years as I've seen in one case!! I have a test scheduled at a little past the 20 week mark ( 145 days ). Will my result change in a week? also will my result change from 19 weeks to 24 weeks ( 6 months )? Im beyond scared and anxious and everyday is a literally a battle. I find myself constantly crying !!! Is there a possibility of a false negative test from 12 HIV tests up to 19 weeks? Should i get a RNA test done? I would really appreciate some advice

Hi @mattvrrt98 and welcome to Connect. It must be so nerve-wracking to see the different stories people have and wonder if you will be an exception to HIV testing like them.

I wanted to share the following links in hopes that they will provide you some additional knowledge in HIV testing.

CDC on HIV Testing: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html

Mayo Clinic on HIV Testing: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hiv-testing/about/pac-20385018

Dr. Stacey Rizza of Mayo Clinic explains the importance of testing: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-why-you-should-be-tested-for-hiv/

Back to you @mattvrrt98 what does your doctor say about your concerns? Have you mentioned this to them?

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Hi @mattvrrt98 and welcome to Connect. It must be so nerve-wracking to see the different stories people have and wonder if you will be an exception to HIV testing like them.

I wanted to share the following links in hopes that they will provide you some additional knowledge in HIV testing.

CDC on HIV Testing: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html

Mayo Clinic on HIV Testing: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hiv-testing/about/pac-20385018

Dr. Stacey Rizza of Mayo Clinic explains the importance of testing: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-why-you-should-be-tested-for-hiv/

Back to you @mattvrrt98 what does your doctor say about your concerns? Have you mentioned this to them?

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I don’t have any insurance so I could only go to a clinic where a Nurse Practitioner runs and she told me that it could be 9 months!!! To be detected and I’m really freaking out. I’ve only been with one person once and am not sexually active at all since then. I’m really anxious. I spoke to a specialist by chance and he answered a few questions I had. And he said that a 4th generation test after 3 months is conclusive to rule out HIV. I just keep hearing 6 months and it freaks me out. I hate this feeling

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