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I had unprotected sex with a girl and I want to find out if I have HIV. How long do I have to wait before I get an HIV test?
What tests detect STDs? Is there one test or are there a series of tests?
My girlfriend and I aren’t going to sleep together until we’re married...but she has had two previous partners, and I haven’t had any. What kinds of STD testing should we have before marriage to make sure we’re both healthy? I’ve heard that HIV might not show any physical effects for a long time, so this worries me.
I’m gay and I like having oral sex with my friend. But I heard that oral sex can be risky for getting HIV/AIDS. My partner is free from these diseases…do I have anything to worry about?
My HIV antibody test is positive...but the Western Blot is negative. What does this mean? Do I have HIV or not?
About 7 months ago I visited a gentleman's club in Singapore (I was there for school). I wound up French kissing one of the workers there. I did not have sex ⎼ including oral sex ⎼ and no drugs at all. I got concerned about STDs so I went to a doctor for advice. He said that French kissing is a risk for HIV and I should get tested at 3 months...but I got scared so I got tested almost every week. And all ten tests were negative until my last test at a hospital. That test was an ag/ab test called a chemiluminescence test and the document they gave me had an index number on it (2.69). They ran a Western Blot for HIV-1 and HIV-2, both of which were negative. I went back for confirmation two weeks later and got the same results but with an even lower index number (1.72). I’m so confused about these results...but I also read that false positives are rare...do you have any advice?
I had a potential HIV exposure on a past weekend and began having symptoms that caused me concern five days later. Eight days after potential exposure, I had an HIV Early Detection test. Today the results came back negative. How confident should I be in this result? Doctors I have spoken to seem to think that even with my symptoms, the actual risk is very low. I would appreciate you sharing any information you might have in similar situations, i.e., similar timelines or anecdotal evidence. Also what is the earliest positive from HIV DNA testing known?
I want to get tested for HIV. Do you know where to get HIV testing?
How soon after sex can I test for HIV? Is there any reason to wait?
I don’t know what I have to do to get an HIV test. Can you tell me more about how to test for HIV?