Anonymous
Hi, hope you are doing well and I would like to congratulate you for your great service. I had unprotected sex 4 months ago. I went for a hiv1and2 1b antibody test..not sure which edition, after 5 weeks and five days. all my results were negative. The dr told me to come back in six months for a conclusive test because the body could develope antibody anytime with-in six months. (i am a male, had sex with a woman) (viginal sex). I am about to enter the fifth month and I started feeling fatigue, headache, swollen lymph nodes and very minor flue like sympthoms. I am very scared but at the same time i know that is winter here in the US. Is it normal to develop antibodies after more than four months??? I am not on any medication for anything. I have always been a very healthy person but I am scared. Could you please help me out? Thank you
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for your questions! We are happy to help.

In BC, we consider HIV tests conclusive after 3 months post-exposure. In fact, most infections are found within 4-6 weeks of testing. This is because your body detects HIV presence very quickly and immediately starts to build a defence (antibodies) against it. This process takes 4 weeks - 3 months. If symptoms appear, they are usually seen within 2-6 weeks after infection. After this time, people often stop feeling symptoms and return to appearing healthy.

For the reasons above, it is unlikely that you are experiencing late seroconversion. It is more probably that your symptoms are related to a cold or flu due to the winter season. However, the only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. It may be in your best interest to follow your doctor's guidelines and receive a conclusive test in the near future. As a note, some regions use 6 months as a guideline for conclusive testing just based on different standards.

I hope this helps. Please let us know if you need further clarification.

Best,

Caroline

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