QUERY ON HIV TEST
I had sex with a colleague three months before with a condom.
She sucked my nipples and I had a cut in the mouth and we kissed each other ....her status is unknown... I tested myself with ELISA yesterday, exactly 11 weeks approx after exposure and i am negative...
i have also given my PCR test today .. i am really scared because even though my ELISA is negative, it's showing antibodies to the level 0.74 .... how to proceed with it.. am i vulnerable as the antibody count is high?
Hi there & thank-you for using AIDS Vancouver as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
Protected sex with anyone is considered low risk. This is because if the condom did not slip off, break or fail in some way then there is really no way for HIV to get through latex- no way, no how.
Sucking on nipples and kissing is no risk for HIV transmission- this is because saliva cannot transmit HIV. HIV transmission through open cuts and sores is only a theory- there have been no documented cases of this except for a very bloody knife fight which involved a lot of blood and open, gushing, bleeding wounds. If the cut in your mouth was not openly bleeding and did not come into contact with her blood, vaginal fluids or breast milk then there is no risk of HIV transmission through kissing.
As for your test results, a negative is a negative. The index values that you may obtain from your test results do not indicate the level of HIV antibodies in your blood (which is what the test is looking for). The index value, sometimes also called the "signal-to-cutoff ratio," is a technical term related to type of HIV-antibody test that is conducted. Values less than 0.90, like yours, are definitively negative. Values between 0.9 and 1.0 would be borderline reactive. And values above 1.0 would be preliminarily positive. These preliminarily positive (or provisionally reactive) tests require a confirmatory test before someone is told they are HIV positive. It does not matter how close the index reading was to 0.9 as that does not idicate that you are more or less likely to test positive at a later date. At the end of the day, a negative is a negative. These results are conclusive if you tested at or 3 months after the activity you are concerned about.
I hope that helps address your questions & if not, please do not hesitate to ask,
All the best,
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