Anonymous
Hi,
Thank you guys for all the info.
I am a 21 year old guy, and a residence of India(north east).
I had a unprotected sex with a girl whose hiv status is unknown to me in the year 2013 june and my last exposure was on april first week 2014 with a csw, but this was a protected sex with a latex condom, and i believe it didn't slip or break either.
I am doing college in calcutta and i live there in a rented house(self cooking). I was in a very low diet and was also hooked in bad habits(drugs) such as corex(cough serup, nitrozen10 tablet(N10)for two months prior, weed smoking(marijiuana),drinks and smoking for past 1 and half year almost.
This feburary(2014) i had a wet cough for almost one and half month and stomach ache but didn't stop taking those stuffs. On june(2014) i was diagnosed with tubercular lymphadenitis(stomach lymph nodes) and the tb specialist told me to get tested for hiv in a ictc centre,(indian government hiv testing and counselling centre) and the word hiv woke me up, millions of questions appeared "THE FEAR". I got tested in a ictc centre(rapid hiv antibody test) on june 19(2014), i got my results in half an hour, thankfully it was non-reactive(negative), it was a relief but not for much time, technician told me to get tested again(follow up test) on november2014, and the "what if's" came up.
I have a fear that i have got this disease from a girl with whom i had unprotected sex in june(2013), but what if my condom broke up with a sex with csw.
My questions
1- Can a free hiv test be trusted as in India ictc centres provide free testing under government ?
2- Is my TB playing a role in false negative antibody result ?
3- Am i early for antibody result or my body haven't created enough antibodies to show up in a test ? My last exposure with csw was probably on 1st or 2ndof april 2014 not a date after this and another one was a year back.
4- Can a low diet or drugs could've caused TB lymph. and I am just freaking out ?
5- Can i trust the report ?
6- Do i need to go for a follaw up test? cause its freaking me out.
7- Will my report change into positive in nov. ?
8- How to ease my mind ?
Please do answer. Thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source for HIV/AIDS related information.

Let me answer your questions in four steps.

1. Yes, you can trust the free HIV test you obtained in India. Government-provided HIV testing sites in India use excellent testing methods.

2. Here at AIDS Vancouver, we are only trained to answer HIV/AIDS related questions. We cannot comment on your questions related to TB and lymph nodes. It is best to refer these questions to a healthcare professional. However, TB does *not* interfere with HIV antibodies or test results. Therefore, be assured that TB would not impact your negative HIV test results.

3. Here at AIDS Vancouver we follow the World Health Organization guidelines, which state that HIV test results can be considered conclusive 84 days (roughly 3 months) post-exposure. Your negative results from the HIV test you took in June 2014 are a very good indication of your HIV status. However, since it seems you were tested 70-80 days post-exposure, I recommend that you get tested again to *confirm* your results. It is highly unlikely that your negative results will change into positive; we at AIDS Vancouver have never seen this happen. However, for peace of mind it is best to get tested again since your test was conducted less than 84 days post-exposure. You do not have to wait until November 2014 to get retested; you can do so now. Nonetheless, for your own stress levels please bear in mind that it is highly unlikely for your negative results to change at this point.

4. In addition, commercial sex workers (CSWs) are not more likely than any other person to be HIV positive. HIV does not discriminate based on age, gender, occupation, or any other factor. CSWs also often take good care of their sexual health. It is the activity -- not the individual -- that poses a risk for HIV.

I trust that I have addressed your concerns. However, should further information be required, please feel free to contact us again.

In good health,

Tiina

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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