Anonymous
Hi,
I have been constantly worried about my HIV status - it has now been 18 weeks since I had unprotected vaginal intercourse (lasted around 30seconds) with someone who I do not trust. I did a rapid test at 17,5 weeks and it came back negative, but my throat hurts a lot (my glands send waves of pain, I produce too much and too thick saliva and my ears and head hurt quite often - I have fever on and off). I have seen a number of doctors who have not been able to help me. My partner has been feeling a sore throat for the past three weeks, which makes me even more worried that I might have passed something onto him.
I would be really thankful if you could tell me what to do and how high the risk of my status turning positive still is.

Thank you very much.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

HIV tests are considered to be conclusive when taken 12 weeks following exposure. This means that the test you took at 17.5 weeks can be considered to be conclusive. Unless there has been another, more recent exposure your test results can be considered conclusive.

In regards to the symptoms you've been experiencing, at AIDS Vancouver we do not go by symptoms as an indicator of HIV. This is because symptoms can be present for any number of reasons that are not related to HIV. I would recommend sharing your concerns about symptoms with a healthcare practitioner and partnering with them to find the cause and hopefully treatment as well.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

For more information you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or check out CATIE.org.

Isla (Volunteer)

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