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  1. Student21

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    Hey everyone, It's been a while since I posted here and I have a quick question. I was sexually active (safely), had oral sex several times but never had anything more than pre-ejac in my mouth, between August 05 and 10/23/05. In January/February I got a severe upper respiratory infection and a bad ear infection with two canker sores on each side of my tongue that made it hard to eat. I got tested for HIV on 4/20/06 and it came back nonreactive, did I wait long enough to get tested? That was 5 months and 29 days between sex and the test.
     
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    I'm not a doctor, but I've always heard that 6 months is the minimum amount of time for HIV antibodies to appear in a test smear. I'm sure one or two days before that 6 month window closes wouldn't make a difference. If you're nervous get tested again. It's obviously been more than 6 months since that test, and way more 6 months since your exploits. Various information can be found on the web, but from what I understand HIV transmission via oral sex is academic (unless you have open sores at the time). Get tested again and talk to your doctor if you have concerns. If you don't want to ask your doctor, you could call your local health department. They can give you information on STD transmission and often perform free or low cost testing.
     
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    Thank you for the help.
     
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    Hi student, I'm not sure i any of our resident medical experts are going to respond, so I'll let you know what I remember.

    3 months is enough time in most cases to get an accurate HIV test. The test checks your blood for antibodies to the virus, and those are generally present within 3 months after infection. In rare cases could it take up to 6 months, and longer than that only in extremely rare cases. In other words, your negative result is very likely accurate. You can always get tested again in a couple months if it will put your mind at ease.

    Although it's considered possible to contract HIV by performing oral sex on an infected person, it is certainly not common. I'd be very surprised if you actually picked up the virus in the way you described. And finally, while it's true that HIV can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to disease, people get canker sores and respiratory infections all the time without HIV. And that sounds like the most probable scenario for you too.

    You can call the CDC hotline at 1-800-342-2437 if you want to ask more questions.
     
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    Well Said, Matthew. I think it is important to add that, there are a ton of free clinics out there. Nothing wrong with getting checked for any STD's or HIV on a regular basis. Better safe than sorry:smile:
     
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    Thanks everyone, the comments have helped me out a lot. Thanks again.
     
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    Any new? Do you feel better now?
     
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