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Author Topic: Am I infected? Going crazy  (Read 7793 times)

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Offline printemps

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Am I infected? Going crazy
« on: February 25, 2016, 07:02:17 am »
Hi everyone,

I'm a young male, and my story began approx. 5 months ago during an unprotected sexual exposure with a woman. After the intercourse, I noticed some of her menstrual blood in my penis, but at the time I had any concerns about it.

Days later I developed some symptoms, and I started to think I had caught a STD. I tested 8 times for HIV, the last of them being on the 16th week post-exposure, and all of the tests came negative, so I ruled out HIV, since the window period is 12 weeks.

Since there was blood on my penis, I'm afraid of Hep C. I tested anti-hcv at 11.5 weeks and it came back negative, with normal levels of liver enzymes. Then, I tested again 15 weeks after exposure, and the anti-hcv came back negative as well.

Do you think my tests, specially the last one at 15 weeks, puts me in the clear?
I have a normal immune system, and all my blood tests are normal.

I hope you can give me some insight and hopefuly calm my nerves, it has been a long journey full of fear and depression.   

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Re: Am I infected? Going crazy
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2016, 08:40:58 am »
two negative tests? Count your blessings. It is my understanding that if you had hepatitis C, it would have shown up in your blood tests by now.
CURED SVR24  Class of 2015
Wk 12 post EOT 30.11.15: ALT 14 AST 22 GGT 22 VL UND
Week 19 07.08.15: ALT 17 AST 23 GGT 25
Week 12 18.06.15: ALT 21 AST 23 GGT 28
Week 8 25.05.15: ALT 23 AST 27 GGT 30 VL UND
Week 4 20.04.14: ALT 30 AST 36 VL 40
Treatment start 23.03.15: ALT 137 AST 185 VL 342,600
Cirrhosis Child-Pugh A, Genotype 1a - Viekira Pak + riba 24 weeks
Total failure interferon/ribavirin/boceprovir Mar 2013

Offline printemps

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Re: Am I infected? Going crazy
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2016, 08:48:34 am »
Thank you Philadelphia for your prompt reply.

So we can talk about conclusive results at 15 weeks? I read somewhere else that the window period can go up to 24 weeks, but I donĀ“t know if that information is up to date.

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Re: Am I infected? Going crazy
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2016, 04:02:08 pm »
The window period is for rare situations and mostly applies to those who are HIV+. You sound like someone who might like the extra assurance, so if you have any doubt despite the 2 tests, it won't hurt to get a test at week 24.
Lucinda Porter, RN
1988 Contracted HCV
1997 Interferon nonresponder
2003 PEG + ribavirin responder-relapser
2013 Cured (Harvoni + ribavirin clinical trial)


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