I had two unprotected low risk vaginal and anal sex. One was 7 weeks ago and one was 3 weeks ago. At exactly 3 weeks, I came down with the chills, night sweats, recurring fever, headaches and fatigue which lasted for a good 5 days. At day 22 I had the pcr/rna hiv testing done and also a oraquick home kit done at day 24. Both came back negative. The symptoms are slowly getting better and fever is gone now at day 27 but I am just scared these are ars. And was wondering how conclusive is a rna hiv at 22 days?
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We are happy to help answer your questions.

It sounds like you are worried about some symptoms you are experiencing after receiving the results of your HIV test. Symptoms cannot tell us if an individual is living with HIV or not; only an HIV test can. We see that you have taken a reliable HIV test at the correct time, so the results are not likely going to change. Since the HIV test you have taken has indicated that your symptoms are not related to HIV, we may suggest partnering with your local healthcare professional to find out how to treat them.

Let's focus on your test results:

The NAAT (PCR RNA &DNA) test

* reported to be 99.6% conclusive at 2 to 3 weeks post-exposure (or later)
* detects the genetic material of HIV and can measure how much virus is in the blood of an individual
* 22 days post-exposure; the results of this HIV test are very reliable. Guidelines from the BC CDC suggest that re-testing at 3 months post-exposure is the safest measure since, the results of all HIV tests are considered conclusive at that time.

We do not support the use of at-home testing kits since, individuals who are using them are not provided with the tools and professional support needed to carry about an HIV test and confirm the results of the HIV test. Having said that, we are glad to hear that you received a NAAT (PCR RNA &DNA) test from a healthcare professional, which provided a very strong indication of your status.

We are unclear about the activities involved in your exposure, but you can email [us]( privately if you would like additional information for future reference. We would also be happy to connect you to a healthcare professional in your local community.

We may suggest viewing our [Risk Chart]( for the activities or trying [Smart Sex Resource]( for information about how other STIs, including HIV, can be acquired. Discussing this material with a local healthcare professional can also help understand how it applies in everyday life better.

We trust we have answered your questions and encourage you to contact the AIDS Vancouver Helpline again in the future. You can also call for immediate assistance with general inquiries, or for a referral to the Health Promotion Case Management Program.



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