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What could be happening to me?

Question: 

Hello and thank you in advance for any review or answer!
About exactly 81 days ago I had given unprotected Oral to someone whose status I am currently unaware of. Until recently I hadnt't thought anything about the encounter until I started to develope flu-like symptoms 4 days ago that I was begining to believe was Seroconversion but while sick I went and took a Rapid Blood test and my results came back negative. So I am so confused, is the result that I recieved valid? Or did my sickness somehow impair the results of the test. What happens when someone going through seroconversion takes and hiv blood test? Any help would be truly appreciated and help settle this unease.

Answer: 

Hello, and thank you for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you have some concerns in regard to your HIV testing.

When it comes to the seroconversion that you believe you were experiencing, seroconversion generally happens within 10 days after HIV infection, during which antibodies and produced and rise to detectable levels. However, you did not experience these symptoms until almost 80 days post-exposure. If one were to partake in an HIV blood test it would not alter the test in any way, but they would not yet test positive on an HIV test until 3 months post-exposure, which tests then have been deemed as conclusive. In this situation it might be beneficial to re-take your HIV test at 3 months post-exposure as the results generated will be completely conclusive. The test results that you currently have are a good indicator of your current HIV status.

It is important to note that it is extremely difficult to correlate symptoms that one may be having with HIV itself as these symptoms can be connected to a lot of illnesses. Once you have taken your conclusive HIV test, it might be helpful for you to partner with your personal doctor so that the symptoms that you are experiencing can be addressed in a proper and timely manner.

For more information on HIV testing you can visit Testing and Diagnosis.

Regards,

Chris, Volunteer