Anonymous
Hello guys,

Thank you very much for your amazing site and information you provide and i hope your answer help me and finally find some peace of mind.

I had two possible exposure ( protected oral and v sex with escorts) late september and exactly one month later i took a rapid hiv test which came back negative, still was too nervous so second time i went to my GP and they took blood and sent to lab, i assume it was standard test and it came back negative, it was two months after the exposure, it kinda made me feel better and i forgot about it, but in January i got very bad flue which made me anxious but didnt want to think about it and going to the third test was beyond me, past couple of weeks i felt weird pains in my knees, i had vitamin D deficiency last summer and last year i experienced pain in my knee too but didnt have it for a while, anyways for couple of weeks i was so anxious and stressed and couldnt even sleep propely, so anxious that i started feeling burning on my chest and lost my apetite, in past few days i have dry mouth. i always had white tongue but noticing it now kinda made me extra nervous, i showed it to a dentist and she said its not due to serious condition but still im nervous. please help me. am i at risk?
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems you are concerned that some symptoms that you are getting might be related to HIV. We are glad to provide some information.

We do not determine the HIV status of an individual using symptoms because some symptoms are caused by other viral infections that are not related to HIV. The only way to determine the HIV status is by getting an HIV test. You indicated that the last test you had was two months after the exposure and it came back negative. That is encouraging. At Aids Vancouver we recommend that people get tested 12 weeks or three months after the exposure in order to get conclusive results. We encourage you to do the same. Results rarely change from what you get after 6 weeks. You will have peace of mind by knowing that the results you get are conclusive.

The Aids Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

In health

Lawrence

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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