Anonymous
I live in the US and I had a 12 week negative but I still feel some of the "symptoms" I'm a healthy person and the things that you all say that can delay a conclusive test result don't apply to me, as far as I know. Could it be possible my body hasn't produced enough antibodies or maybe they went away so it didn't pick up on the test? Or they didn't administer the test correctly in the lab? I honestly don't know what the problem is but I'm so stressed this is taking over my life and I want to believe my test results but the way my body is feeling is making me think otherwise! My doctor is also trying to figure out whats going on. The symptoms I'm feeling now are constant leg spasms (sometimes spasms all over my body) and bad headaches. Are those hiv symptoms? If not then I don't know what could be causing them because before my possible exposure these symptoms never happened to me. Do you see why it's hard for me to not think I have hiv?! Ughhh. Well thanks for your input
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for choosing the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of information.

Based on the World Health Organization's guidelines for testing, HIV tests are all conclusive at 12 weeks or 84 days post possible exposure. So, the results you have are an accurate reflection of your HIV negative status.

There are no clinical symptoms associated with HIV. This means that no consistent physical symptoms have been observed among people with HIV. With that being said, some infected individuals do experience a strong flu-like illness 2-3 weeks post exposure, and this last for about 8-10 days. However, some infected individuals experience no symptoms at all.
I understand that the symptoms you're experiencing are concerning, but they are likely to be related to something other than HIV. I am hoping that together with your doctor, you are able to find an answer or diagnosis.

The best way to know your status is to get tested, which is what you have done.

Everyone would have produced antibodies by 12 weeks post possible exposure, and that's why HIV test are considered exclusive by that time frame. The antibodies couldn't have possibly "gone away" either.

We wouldn't know as to whether or not the test was administered correctly at the lab. You are certainly able to get retested, if that's what you deem necessary.

Hopefully the response above has given you a clearer perspective on your situation, and hopefully a peace of mind as far as the accuracy of the HIV test goes.

In health,

Moe- AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online
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