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HIV Test at 2 months & 1 Week Negative

Question: 

Thanks for taking the time to look at this question.

I honestly have a fear of HIV, I'm honestly scared that I'll get it and its always on my mind. I'm gay and I recently broke up with my ex partner over 2 months ago. The last time we had sex was about 9 weeks ago, and yes we didn't wear protection. I found out that he had raw sex with someone else while we were together in the last two weeks that we were together. Fortunately we know that person he had sex with and they both say they are negative and my ex is now on prep.

But I am still paranoid as I have chronic fatigue and most of the symptoms are similar to HIV and its playing on my mind and affecting me every day.

I had a little over a month check and it was negative, I just had a 9 week test and this was also negative. What are the chances say one of them did have HIV that my 9 week negative result could still come up positive at the 12 week mark? I can't keep going on like this :(

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the conclusiveness of your test results. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be High Risk (Evidence of transmission through these activities and is the majority of cases of transmission). Unprotected vaginal or anal sex is considered to be a high risk activity because they involve an exchange of body fluids. In addition, a significant number of scientific studies have repeatedly associated these activities with HIV infection. This is how most infections occur.

In regards to the symptoms you are feeling, HIV symptoms mirror other viral infections (flu, etc.) or can be due or explained by other things. Testing is really the only way to know. From the scenario described, you have had two HIV tests with negative results. For 4th Generation tests, most HIV specialists consider this test conclusive at 6 weeks. Official HIV testing guidelines still recommend retesting at 12 weeks for completely conclusive results with an accuracy of 99.9%.

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test. If you are continuously engaging in high risk activity there are biomedical approaches such as PrEP and PEP that help lower your risk of acquiring HIV. Refer to your physicians for further information.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley