« Go Back

Mono and window Period

Question: 

Hi I am writing this from India. I had unprortected vaignal sex with a Girl on 25 Dec 2015. And then I had protected vaginal sex with another girl on 27 Feb 2016 with some Kissing involved. After 16 days my second sexual contact I had pain in my neck on the 13th of March 2016 along with a mild fever of 99 F mostly in the evening. I went to the doctor and explained him about the situation. Since then I have visited around 5 to 6 Doctors. Initially the first doctor advise me for HIV 1&2 P24 ANTIBODIES screening Combo test (CMIA) along with VDRL (RPR) SERUM which came non reactive on the 23rd March 2016. Also on the 08 April I got a negative result for Western Blot test as well. After four weeks from the initial infection in my throat which invoved sowllen Cervical lymph nodes I have been diagnosed with Infectious Mono caused by EBV which came positive in my blood report. As per the articles I am reading on the net since then says that mono and HIV have almost same symptoms. So after when I got Diagnosed with Mono my mind is at a bit rest. Now again on Friday the 22 Apr 2016 I tested negative for HIV 1 & 2 Antibodies (CMIA). My question is that if you have mono is it quite obvious that this can be because of weak immunity because of the HIV Virus? As I am 27 now so I am a bit worried as mono happens with teens and younger adults.
Do I need to get tested again in future to confirm the Status of my HIV? Or the medication which I have taken for Mono which Initially came as Acute throat infection and Viral Pharanzitis can change the window period of the Test? Also Is mono considered as immunodeficiency Disease?
I have taken Many antibiotics because of Mono as intially the doctors were not able to identify the Issue with my throat. I also had a very hectic lifestyle including smoke and Alhohol and late night sleep.
Please answer my question as I am very much worried about my future.
Many Thanks

Answer: 

Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. Thank you for your questions, let's answer them!

If you have mono is it quite obvious that this can be because of weak immunity because of the HIV Virus?

  • Having mono does not mean that you have a weakened immune system because of HIV. You could have come into contact with someone with mono on your every day travel to the grocery store, to get coffee, at the gym or any other numerous ways.

Do I need to get tested again in future to confirm the Status of my HIV?

  • 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks post exposure. The Western Blot test that you had on on April 8th is considered 99.9% accurate at the time that you took it. All HIV tests are conclusive at 3 months postexposure. If you feel that the western blot 99.9% is not accurate enough, you can get another test at 3 months post exposure which will be considered conclusive.

Will the medication which I have taken for Mono which Initially came as Acute throat infection and Viral Pharyngitis can change the window period of the Test?

  • No, it will not. There are only 4 situations where your HIV test window period may be affected. They are: 1)You are currently taking antiviral treatment for Hep C 2) You are currently getting treatment for cancer(Chemotherapy) 3)You are using PEP treatment for HIV 4) You have other immunodeficiency diseases. You would be diagnosed and know about them at birth.

Is mono considered as immunodeficiency Disease?

  • No, it is not.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
helpline.aidsvancouver.org
Private & Confidential