I had unprotected vaginale sex, after a week i had oral thrush and muscle pain. After 5 weeks i experienced skin rash on my legs, and upper body. I freaked out and did a HIV test at 6 weeks. This came back negative. The skin rash stayed and i got other symptoms like seborrhic eczema, fatigue and headache. So i did another HIV test at 9 weeks. This test was also negative. Some days after the 9 week HIV test i had really bad nightsweats, fatigue ( couldn't get out of bed), slight fever, i thought i felt some swollen lymphe nodes in nek and groin . This stayed for almost 2 weeks.
So again i did another HIV test at 12 weeks ( 84 days) and it came back negative. We are now 3 weeks later after the last test and i still have symptoms. My lomphe nodes are really swollen in the neck, have muscle pain, i am tired and don't know what to do now.. The skin rash and seborrhic eczema are still there. I didn't have anything of this before the exposure. I know i have made a mistake but i hope i can learn from this and i don't need to live with the consequences for an one time mistake... My docter said the test was conclusive but i still keep thinking what if my antibodies aren't detectable until six months?
All the 3 HIV test were 4th generation test.
when i look at the blood test i see that my crp level is increased from 0 to 5,1. and my leukocytes decreased from 7,30*10^9 to 6,70*10^9 in the last test...
so i am thinking what if the HIV is attacking my system now?
The girl i had unprotected sex with doesn't want to take a test because she said she is negative because she hasn't have symptoms...
Can you give me some advise? Do i need to re-test at 24 weeks or just be calm and forget everything?
Thanks for the answer!
Hello and thank you for contacting us.
We understand that you would like to know if three separate 4th generation HIV test results you received at six, nine, and twelve weeks can be considered conclusive.
Unprotected vaginal sex is a High Risk activity for transmission of HIV, meaning that there are documented cases of people acquiring HIV from this activity.
Fourth-generation HIV tests can detect HIV infection in 50% of people by 18 days after infection; 95% of people by 34 days after infection; and 99% of people by one and a half months after infection.(1) Since the first of your three tests was performed at six weeks post exposure (approximately one and a half months), you can consider each of your three tests to be conclusive for this incident of unprotected vaginal sex.
The symptoms you describe are concerning but cannot be attributed to HIV infection in the absence of a positive HIV test result.
Recommendation: HIV testing is recommended for all High Risk exposures. Since you have already had 3 reliable HIV tests outside of the window period, no further testing is required. Please continue to refer to your doctor regarding your symptoms.
Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer, Dyson