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Question: 

I am a male. I had unprotected oral sex performed on me. Then had protected (condom) vaginal sex. Had a 5 week rapid finger prick test which was negative. Then had at 42 days a PCR which as negative then at 45 days had 4th generation duo which was negative. My doctor says it is conclusive and says I shouldn't test any further. He is a well known HIV specialist and says the duo coupled with the PCR would have detected HIV 1 and 2 by now. I have a swollen lymph node in my neck and can feel a few normal sized ones in my groin and armpits now at 12 weeks. He doesn't seem worried at all and says the swollen lymphs can be from anything. Have so much anxiety from this he has now started me on antidepressants to deal with the anxiety. Please help with your general feeback and also have you ever heard of anyone's result changing to positive after these tests at 45 days?

Answer: 

Thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver with your question.

It seems like you are still concerned that you might have HIV when test results at six weeks have come back negative. We are glad to provide some information.

It is encouraging that you have been tested and have discussed your test results with your doctor. It is true that some doctors accept that DUO test results at six weeks are conclusive. If fact it is in very rare occasions that results will change even if you were tested after six weeks. However at Aids Vancouver we encourage people to get tested 12 weeks after the exposure for conclusive results. We follow the CDC position on this.

With regards to symptoms it is true that one cannot determine their HIV status using symptoms as HIV symptoms are similar to other viral infections. Testing is the only way to determine your HIV status.

Your doctor has a point and we would urge you the same that you can stop being anxious. The Aids Vancouver Online Helpline has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver

In health

Lawrence

Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

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