Anonymous
Isn't the first thing that HIV infects is the brain? I had a CT scan about 3 months from my exposure and it did not show anything that was wrong.. I also had a 3 month negative but I feel like there is something moving around in my brain making my memory and eye sight worse and also have really bad headaches and muscle twitches due to neurological problems due to the HIV manifesting in my brain but nothing so far is showing up on test. If the HIV is in your brain how would they see it or test it?
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Anonymous
Hi there!
Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your HIV related concerns. We are happy to help!

It sounds to me like you're concerned that what you're feeling in your head is HIV related.
This is not in fact the case, as HIV cannot infect neurons, the cells in your brain. Rather, HIV infects immune cells (CD4 T cells specifically). In regards to these symptoms you are experiencing, I suggest partnering with your health care professionals as they will be able to provide more insight and possible solutions, as we are not doctors.

HIV cannot get into the brain, so there is no reason to see or specifically test for that. HIV tests test your body as a whole. YOu had an HIV test done 3 months post exposure, and all HIV tests are considering conclusive at 3 months, so your test is accurate.

This information will hopefully alleviate some of the stress involved with the situation!

Additionally, feel free to check out the BC CDC HIV Testing guidelines [HERE ](http://www.bccdc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/B35EDEBD-98CA-48BB-AB7C-B18A357AC19D/0/BCHIVTestingGuidelinesMay2015.pdf)

Also, our website, AidsVancouver.org, has plenty of HIV related information about transmission and testing and stuff that maybe helpful.

Finally, I have attached here the transmission equation which may help you assess whether your activity was actually a risky activity.


HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
Hopefully this helped!

Sincerely,

Christina

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