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Fear of HIV - Have symptoms but tested negative using Oraquick

Question: 

On 08/22/18 I gave unprotected oral sex to a man. He did not appear to ejaculate. We also tongue kissed. He had a recently chipped front tooth that appeared red where the tooth had been chipped. I do not believe I had any open cuts in my mouth, but my gums do bleed a little from brushing daily, so I don't know how high the risk is that I could contract HIV that way. 9 days after being with him on 08/31/18 I started experiencing severe stomach pains that felt like bloating or excess gas (GasX did not help), and vomiting, along with constipation (hard & very little stool daily). I have never experienced this type of stomach pain before, and had not vomited in years before that day. I purchased an Oraquick test kit today (09/09/18) which is now 18 days after being exposed and the result was negative. My stomach discomfort has mostly subsided, but I now have a strange nagging muscle/joint ache in my left hip area whenever I move that leg, along with constipation still. I do not know the status of the man I was with. Any info would be helpful. I am planning on having a Rapid HIV test done as soon as I hit the 4 week mark.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the conclusiveness of your test results and whether the symptoms you are feeling are caused by HIV. Because HIV symptoms mirror other viral infections like the flu, testing is the only way to know whether you have acquired HIV.

At AIDS Vancouver, we do not recommend home testing kits such as Oraquick as there is a higher chance of yielding false results and there is no opportunity for counselling. We recommend having a fourth generation test done. At 6 weeks after exposure, the fourth generation test is considered to be conclusive and 99.9% accurate [1].

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley

References:

  1. CATIE. HIV Testing Technologies. [Internet] catie.ca [cited on September 19, 2018] Available from: https://www.catie.ca/index.php?q=en/fact-sheets/testing/hiv-testing-technologies