[Question #6952] Am I ok?

10 months ago
So I had a risk event that ended with me having Chlamydia (with another male).
And the usual paranoia and self diagnosing kicked in. Then I had a stomach bug that lasted a good 2-3 days after I had finished my treatment of Chlamydia.
I have taken 4 tests
Two ora quicks ( 5 and 9 weeks respectively) and both negative
I took a finger prick test today (10 weeks) and it came negative.
I have taken a blood test that I am waiting on results on.


I have only been with two men and both (from what I gather) do not have HIV.

One is a plasma donor and has checked himself as recently as March 14th due to the NAT testing all plasma donation centers do) (ps the risk event happened the 13th of March so I assume he had the Chlamydia for a while now) plus he got himself checked with a finger prick as early as March 3rd(and also donated that same week on the 7th) all negative

And the other had tested himself a year ago and has not been with another man since(PTSD since it was non consensual) (negative and he recently as of this writing took an oral swab test which was also negative and he was at 72 days)

The risk with male one was Oral and frottage and nothing more

The other was oral and tip penetration for less than 30 seconds. 

Keep in mind neither ejaculated in my mouth. 


So my question is that...is NAT accurate For HIV in plasma donation tests? Is my oral swab and finger prick (both antibody tests) accurate and was I ever truly at risk? 

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
10 months ago

Welcome to our Forum and thanks for your confidence in our service.  I'll be glad to comment.  the two partners that you describe are relatively low risk.  The partner who is a plasma donor almost certainly does not have HIV.  the NAATs used to test for HIV in plasma donors are amongst the most sensitive tests in all of medicine so the fact that he donated (and was tested) recently assures you that he did not have HIV at the time of your encounter.  As for your other partner, based on his 10+ week negative test, almost certainly does not have HIV either.  Further, the exposures were low risk- there is no risk for HIV from receipt of oral sex or from frottage, the risk of HIV from performing unprotected oral sex on an untreated HIV infected partner is less than 1 infection per 10,000 exposures. 

As for your own tests, when your finger prick test is negative, as I am confident it will be you can be sure you are not infected.  The oral fluid tests are slightly less sensitive than tests on blood but in general perform well.  Your 10 week result however will be conclusive.

finally, I should add that if your "stomach bug" had been HIV, your earlier tests would have certainly been positive.  When symptoms of HIV are present, tests are virtually always positive.

Bottom line, based on multiple lines of evidence, you can be confident that you did not get HIV from either of the encounters you describe.  Your 10 week test results will be conclusive.  Once those results are available there is no reason for further testing. 

I hope that this information is helpful. EWH

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10 months ago
Thank you doctor, I've been at extreme anxiety for MONTHS now and I decided to finally contact this site...

A follow up. My other partner did not test at 10 weeks I did. My oral swab and finger prick were with me. He tested a year ago and also took an oral swab test. (As I mentioned he has not been with anyone until me due to his traumatic experience) . So with all this said does that mean I do not have HiV? Since I know for a fact I never had it before since my Virginity was lost to another Virgin last year (December) and was not with anyone since. 

So my follow up, does this mean there is no way I came into contact given my sexual history and their sexual history (one only giving oral and the other not being with anyone since an entire year) 



10 months ago
**to clear up since I messed up he took a blood test a year ago and an oral swab last week. Sorry for the mixup
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
10 months ago

In your post you indicated that your other partner "took an oral swab test which was also negative and he was at 72 days" - 72 days.  If so, these results are conclusive.  If not, it still is most unlikely that he was infected.

I really see no need for you to worry.  When your 10 week results compact, the results will prove that you are not infected.  EWH

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10 months ago
Yes I did mention that but I said it in a sense that it was my 72nd day not his and I apologise. He took his blood test a year ago and an oral swab test at what would be my 10 weeks.

I took an oral swab test at 9 weeks and a finger prick test at 10 and both negative. I don't know if that helps. Again I'm very sorry for the mix up in my explanation I was nervous when I wrote the initial question
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
10 months ago
As I said, even if he did not test at 10 weeks, your results are conclusive.  Please to not worry.  you do not have HIV and you do not need more testing to prove it.  Really. EWH
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10 months ago
I thank you doctor. Seriously you have made my mind and heart be put at much ease. I trust you and I am grateful for your great service. I still have the blood test coming in (which I had the same day as the antibody finger prick) so that was already coming. Either way, I thank you doctor. And once again I'm grateful for this feeling of pure peace you have given me. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
10 months ago
Thanks for your thanks.  I'm glad my comments were helpful- that's what we're here for.  As I suspect you know, we provide up to three responses to each client's questions.  Thus this thread will now be closed without further responses. Take care.  Stay safe.  EWH
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