[Question #3919] Hiv test index Value

33 months ago
Hi Doctors, 

I had an exposure on February 25, 2018.
It was very brief French kissing and protected oral (I was receiving). 

@ 4 weeks post exposure, I took three (4th generation test) from three different labs, they were all negative. 

@  5 weeks post exposure, I also took three (4th generation test) from three different labs, they were all negative. 

@ 7 weeks post exposure, I also took three (4th generation test) from three different labs, they were all negative. 

Today @ 17 weeks post exposure, I also took three (4th generation test) from three different labs, they were all negative. But one of the hiv tests the index value was 0.58 clia method and it said below 0.9 is non reactive. 

My questions are. 

1. Is there anything I need to worry about? 

2. All the previous test index value were never above 0.25 including the other two tests i have done today. 

3. I have read some dr. Recommend testing again for hiv if Index values is above 0.5?

4. what do you really think dr. I really want to put this whole thing behind after this silly exposure? 

5. Am i HIV negative? 

6. Are my results conclusive? Im married and have kids. 

Thank you for the support and understanding 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
33 months ago
This is your 4th question (and for sure your last one) about this exposure and HIV testing.

If the index value is below the cut-off for a positive result, it is negative -- period. Variations in the number below that value mean nothing. The same specimen tested 10 times would give 10 different numbers, anywhere from 0.1 to 0.9. The direct answer to your questions are:

1) No.
2) It doesn't matter.
3) Not true, especially in a zero risk situation like yours.
4) On this forum, all responses are what we "really think".
5) Yes.
6) Yes.

Please note that repeated questions about the same exposure or test results are against forum rules. This will have to be your last one; future new questions about this exposure, testing, and your fears about HIV will be receive no reply and no refund of the posting fee. This policy is based on compassion, not criticism, and is designed to reduce temptations to keep paying for questions with obvious answers. In addition, experience shows that continued answers tend to prolong users' anxieties rather than reducing them. Finally, such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the forum's main purposes. I trust you will understand.

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