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Are my negative test results conclusive?

Question: 

I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend for many months starting in november of 2015 which is where we lost our virginities to eachother (we are each others only partners; we both havent had sex with anyone else). during Mid march I became sick and looked up my symptoms and they matched up to the symptoms of HIV. I took both and oral swab test as well as a blood rapid test during the month of april both came out to be negative... are those tests conclusive or should i take another one? they were both taken around the 5 month mark but im still not sure if it was too early to tell. also if those symptoms were infact HIV symptoms then shouldn't my tests have come out positive? I am currently very anxious about all of this and I want to know if I should still be this apprehensive about it or should I just calm down and relax? thank you

Answer: 

Hello and thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your question.

It sounds like you have some questions regarding your HIV testing.

First off, it is great that you went and pursued HIV testing, it takes a lot of courage to do so and now you are currently up to date on your current HIV status. A lot of people grow concerned when it comes to their symptoms and whether or not they have HIV. It is important to note that a lot of the symptoms one may be dealing with when first acquiring HIV is correlated to numerous amounts of illnesses. Furthermore, you took two HIV tests around 5 months post-exposure, which generated negative results. Official HIV testing guidelines state that at 12 weeks and on-wards of the risk exposure the tests will generate completely conclusive results. Thus, the results that you have received is your current HIV status.

There are only 4 situations where your HIV test window period may be affected. They are:

1) Antiviral treatment for Hepatitis C

2) Treatment for Cancer

3) P.E.P treatment for HIV

4) Other immunodeficiency diseases

If your symptoms continue to be a prevalent issue for you, it might be helpful for you to partner up with your personal doctor so that these symptoms can be properly accessed in a timely manner.

For more information on HIV you can visit What is HIV? .

Regards,

Chris, Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline
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