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Hello, i am a male 22 years of age. I recently had a couple of high risk exposures, which being the last exposure was 5 months ago. i went to my pcp, worried i could of possibly contracted hiv. I got tested at 7 weeks of last exposure. It was the 4th generation test, and was negative. But i tested positive for hsv-1, and on my sheet my wbc was high, she didnt mention it to me. I felt relieved then started worrying again and got another test done at 80 days. Also negative and was 4th generation test. I wake up everyday and worry that i still some how contracted it... After about a month of the last test i found 6 brown circles on my stomach so i went to my pcp that day. i showed her and told her my left tonsil has been swollen for a couple weeks i just decided to tell her sense i was there already. She said it was ringworm, and said it can be from humid weather or excessive sweating, which makes sense because i was outside for a long time helping put a pool up in 90 degree weather and the next day is when i seen it. I still think its linked to hiv... She prescribed fungal cream and it was gone within a week and scheduled for a follow up appt on my tonsil in 3 weeks. After the rash went away i found i had a white tounge then found couple mouth ulcers in my mouth, which i get them on occasion, but never can remember getting one when the other is going away and also noticed a lump in the crease of my leg. I rubbed the other side and coudnt feel anything, it was only on that one side. I didnt go to the doctor for these 3 things, i was to scared thinking there all connected to hiv. by this time it was time for my follow up appt and everything was gone but i had a fever blister on lip and i told her about those other symptoms and showed her my lip, she didnt seem to concered and said the blister on my lip was from the hsv. Im so scared that for some reason all these things are due to hiv.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about the reliability of you test results as well as some symptoms you have been experiencing.

95% of infections are delectable within 4 - 6 weeks. You say you had a test at 7 weeks and the result was negative. This test was taken around a time when 95% of infections are delectable. HIV was not detectable in you. This is good.

All HIV tests are considers conclusive at 3 months post exposure, or 84 days. You say that you had a test at 80 days post exposure. This is very close to the day when all tests are considered conclusive. Your test came back negative. This is very good.


HIV presents itself differently in different people, therefore we cannot comment on the symptoms that you have been experiencing. HIV is not diagnosed based on symptoms. I would, however, recommend that you contact your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and develop a treatment plan. Symptoms can be indicative of other viral infections.


Here at AIDS Vancouver we encourage everyone to make HIV testing a part of their regular health care maintenance routine. The only way to know your status is to be tested. You have been tested 2 times before and they have both been negative. Since you do not seem to have peace of mind from these 2 tests, I would recommend that when you visit your health care provider you ask for an HIV test. Any test you take now will be considered conclusive since it is well past the 3 months exposure.



I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • Smart Sex Resource


  • HIV Basics


  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary


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