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Suspected HIV infection

Question: 

Hi,

One month back I visited a Strip club, During my visit I felt a prick on my hand.
With in One week I had Fever and pain in my hand. During that week I had Headache (I never had headache like that before it was like hangover and pain that comes and goes.)

At this point I went to Doctor I went through HIV 1 RNA test at 13th day and 19th day after exposure both are negative for HIV.

I had mild Sore throat,mild Cough and pain while urination (From 20th day after potential exposure). At this point I went through 4th generation HIV testing at 22 days and one more at 31 days after potential exposure. Both are negative.

What are my chances of infection and What pter testing I can go through.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from a prick on your hand. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met). For a risk to exist, specific HIV positive fluids (semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluid, rectal fluid) must come into direct contact with the blood stream of an HIV negative person.

In regards to the symptoms you are feeling, HIV symptoms mirror other viral infections or can be explained by other causes, the only definitive way to know is to have an HIV test done. 4th Generation tests are considered conclusive at 6 weeks (42 days) with an accuracy of 99.9%.

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test and for other health related questions.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley