Anonymous
My English is not very good so I hope you will understand me.

I was with someone before 13 weeks in Peru and the condom broke, at the same time I had pain in the upper abdomen (that continue even today) I went back to my country two months ago and did tests to check what hurts me, at first I was still in Peru diagnosed salmonella and taking antibiotics, in my country did tests and found no answer pain, but tests did not find anything except higher liver function and decreased white blood cells. Combo test done 6 weeks after sexual contact after 8 weeks and 12 weeks, all answers were negative. Also I noticed that the body takes time to heal my wounds and just fight, and have pink wounds in the back of the tongue and massive hair loss. I wanted to know if my body could not be developed enough antibodies for the test to spot it after 3 months, or that my problem actually stems from something else that is not hiv?
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Anonymous
Hello!

It seems like you're struggling with some symptoms and whether or not these relate to the possible exposure to HIV you had in Peru. Thanks for reaching out to us at AIDS Vancouver. I trust I'll be able to answer your questions.

First of all, I commend you for using a condom! Condoms really are the best defense against HIV and even though it broke, you still significantly reduced your risk of acquiring the virus.

I would also like to tell you that symptoms are never considered in the diagnosis of HIV because the virus mirrors the symptoms of other infections. The only way to know for sure if through testing so it's great that you got tested. I can also tell you that the HIV test you received at 12 weeks is considered conclusive by the World Health Organization and you can rely on these results. To our knowledge a negative result has never changed after this time because of the accuracy of the tests.

As for the symptoms you're experiencing, I would encourage you to continue seeing your health care specialist. They will have access to the best information and course of action for your specific issues.

Let us know if there's anything else we can do for you!

Jeremy

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org
Phone (Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm; Friday 10am-3pm): (604)253-0566 ext 299
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