Anonymous
I had possible exposure in 2010. No severe symptoms then. Since august 2014, i had been working from home with physical inactivity and no exercise. I have had fevers like for once in 3 months or so over last 3-4 years, and do feel fatigued since the time i was working from home. In July 2015, i had high fever with cold and cough and a sore throat. The sore throat is still present along with occasional body ache and pain, and numbness and tingling in my hands. Also, i have bodyache when i wake up. I have had gastric problems like indigestion and acidity from 2008. The sore throat did not go away and hence i got tested for hiv 1 and 2 on Jan 4, 2016. The results came back non-reactive. I am still nervous as the pharyngitis and bodyache is not going away. Can seroconversion occur after 4 years of possible exposure, and is hiv undetectable during this period? Is non-reactive HIV 1 & 2 test for the first time after 5 years of possible exposure definitive? also as per doctor, my tongue has marks, which could be called pre-geographic tongue. He said i have to take lot of vitamin and calcium supplements. Do i need to take the ELISA and western blots tests? Please help me.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

HIV tests are considered to have conclusive results when taken 12 weeks (3 months) or more following exposure. The test you took 5 years after exposure would have conclusive results. Five years is long time, if you had acquired HIV it would have been detectable on the test you took.

In regards to the symptoms you've been experiencing, at AIDS Vancouver we do not go by symptoms as an indicator of HIV. This is because symptoms can be present for any number of reasons that are not related to HIV. In your case, the HIV test you took has conclusive results that you are negative. This means that the symptoms are present for a reason that is not related to HIV. My suggestion would be to share your concerns about symptoms with your doctor and partner with them in figuring out the cause and hopefully finding treatment as well.

For more information about HIV you can visit CATIE.ca or the AIDS Vancouver website.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

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