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Question: 

I had protected sex with a worker on March 31st and 2 weeks later I started having symptoms like breathlessness, diarrhea, night sweats, 5% weight loss, feverish feeling but no fever. I tested for HIV RNA PCR test, HIV 1 and 2 antibodies after 10 days, 1, 3 and 4 months of exposure and they were all negative but today even after 5 months I still feel the symptoms are not going away and every day I feel I have a new symptom for e.g., I have been having severe dry mouth, my body is always hot, my throat is always disturbing, cough, dizziness feeling, anus burning, pain in armpits. When I read up, all these are symptoms of HIV. Should I get tested again? I am unable to do anything else apart from worrying that why are my symptoms not going away and if my tests were negative then what do I do? Please suggest I am really concerned and I am struggling with my life everyday

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the conclusiveness of your HIV test results. The HIV RNA PCR test has window period of 2-3 weeks after exposure. Test results at 5 months would be considered conclusive and 99.6% accurate.[1]

In regards to the symptoms you are feeling, HIV symptoms often mirror other viral infections such as the flu. We recommend you refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley

References:

  1. CATIE. HIV testing technologies. [Internet] www.catie.ca [cited September 12, 2018] Available from: https://www.catie.ca/en/fact-sheets/testing/hiv-testing-technologies