Anonymous
I have a negative Combo test (Abbott Architect Hiv Ag/Ab) at 14 days and 27 days after a suspecious intercourse. (Condom remained inside of a friend of mine. I had protected several intercourses during last 5-6 months with her. I know that she has some other partners).
I had an Uritria at 19 days, and recovered after 7 days of using antibiotics. When using the antibiotics there were some itching and redness in my groin area recovered with pomade. She claims that she does not have any symptom like uretria. I did not ask for her hiv status, but if she had infected, she would inform me. She may not know her hiv status if she is really infected.
That uritria and the other symptoms (lack of appetite, 2 kg loss in 2 weeks, night sweats) makes me crazy. I do not have any single minute not to think about hiv.
Today is 34th days. My question is how conclusive my tests are? Is there any possiblity for a false negative result because of antibiotics or window period.
Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver online helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
 
It is good to hear that you are using protection during your sexual encounters, and that you are being tested for HIV. We do recommend that all individuals who are sexually active undergo regular testing for HIV and other STIs for their safety and the safety of their partners. The use of antibiotics will not affect the results of HIV testing since antibiotics target bacterial infections whereas HIV is a virus. Combo testing is used to provide an earlier point for detection of HIV since it detects both the p24 antigen present on the HIV virus as well as HIV antibodies produced by the body.  Negative results at 14 and 27 days suggest that you are not infected with HIV, however for completely conclusive results we recommend retesting at or after 3 months post exposure.
 
I hope this helped to answer your question, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further concerns.
 
Regards,
Jonathan
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
604.696.4666
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