Anonymous
Hi,
First of all I would like to thank this organization for the support given to the community and raised awareness with this desease. This is my story goes;
I've been worried for almost months right now. Last april 9 is my last contact with unknown hiv/std status. After 4 days I have fever and night sweats lasted for 1 week. And been diagnosed on april 21 as herpes genetal in my anus, which we have unprotected anal sex and oral sex. And On may 7 which is 4th week Im having again a fever lasted 1 week, bad headache, chapped lips, white tongue, feels sore throat, and feel numb my hand and feet, and on 5th week I have dry cough lasted 3 days and on 6th week im having rashes.7th week im having a joint pain and needle prickiling, and on 8th week im having flu but no fever and cough with mucos. Im having deep anxiety which is I cannot sleep properly I cannot think properly im always crying since then. But the thing is I've been tested for HIV rapid test on april 12, May 14 and May 21 respectively ( 1st week, 5th week , 6th week -42 days) which result is non reactive. I've got my result and findings in my kidney ultrasound, xray, culture urine, and everything seems no findings.hoping for your response I am really worried. Thank you so much
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Anonymous
Hi there!
Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns, we are happy to help!

I understand you're worried about the testing you've recieved and the symptoms you're experiencing. Hopefully I can clear some things up for you.

In terms of the symptoms you're describing, here at AIDS Vancouver, we don't go by symptoms to classify or diagnose HIV. The reason for this is that they're vague and often mirror other viral infections like the flu, and sometimes they can be brought on or intensified by anxiety over ones status. The best thing to do about symptoms you're unsure of, is to partner with a health care practitioner as they may be able to help you come to a conclusion and solution about them

About your testing, all HIV tests are considered conclusive at 12 weeks. That being said, for the rapid test, 95% of cases are detected within 4-6 weeks, adn most people develop antibodies that are detectable within 21-25 days. This means that your test result at 12 weeks is a good indication of your actual status, although the only way to be 100% sure is to get retested at 12 weeks.

I hope this helped!
Additionally, check out [Smartsexresource.com](smartsexresource.com) for more information about safe sex.

Also the BC CDC HIV Testing Guidelines can be found [HERE](http://www.bccdc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/B35EDEBD-98CA-48BB-AB7C-B18A357AC19D/0/BCHIVTestingGuidelinesMay2015.pdf)

Hopefully this helped!

Sincerely,

Christina

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