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Fear of Infection at 10 weeks

Question: 

I had a risk exposure on 2nd July 2018 and had the following ARS symptoms, red/ pink rash, stomach problems, red eyes, white tongue, nail discoloration, swollen lymph glands on throat and cheeks, sore throat, joint pain, 10% weight loss. i have tested at 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 10 weeks and its still negative. Should i still worry of an infection? Kindly assist.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the conclusiveness of your test results. Depending on the HIV tests taken, most HIV tests have a window period of about 4-6 weeks [1]. The window period refers to the time from when a person becomes infected with HIV to when a testing technology can detect their HIV infection. From the weeks you have mentioned, the test results should be considered conclusive.

In regards to the symptoms you are having, HIV symptoms mirror other viral infections like the flu. We recommend you seeking a physician for more personalized answers.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley

References:

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