Anonymous
hi,
I am a male and I have done vaginal sex.
My HIV 1/2 test at 20 and 80th day is negative. But after 4 1/2 months I am getting diarrhea, and I am taking very tention from the first day. Please tell me that diarrhea can be from tension or should I take one more test.
I have used double condom while sex. At 81st day I have also done a full body checkup. IN the check up my WBC count and lymphocytes where normal and everything was normal. HIV 1/2 test is 4th generation.Please answer my question.
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting our helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We're happy to help!

The test that you took is the 4th generation test which is one of the best tests out there! It tests for antigens (from the virus) as well as antibodies (which your body produces in response to the virus). The antigens are most detectable within the first few weeks post exposure, so the 20 day test you took would have been good for this, and antibodies are detectable anytime after that, so the 80th day test would have been good for those. Here in Canada, HIV tests are all considered conclusive at 12 weeks (84 days). However, most HIV specialists now consider this test (4th generation) to be conclusive at just 6 weeks post exposure. You had a test at 80 days, which is really close to 12 weeks. This means your results are extremely unlikely to change. If you reside in Canada, or another country where the guidelines are 12 weeks, then if you want to take another test at 84 days or later to be considered conclusive officially, then that is up to you. If not, or you live in a country where the guidelines are 6 weeks, then your most recent test is sufficient. In either case, your negative results are a great sign, and there is a very very small chance these results would change, so further testing is not likely necessary.

Just to note, you should never use multiple condoms at the same time during sex, because the friction of the two layers rubbing can actually result in more likely condom breaking! Only one properly sized condom should be used at a time.

In regards to the diarrhea you mentioned, HIV acute symptoms are "flu-like" symptoms which normally appear between 2-6 weeks post exposure. They do not appear months later, nor do they last for a long time. Additionally, they are varied between people, and are vague like all other viral infections, so we don't use them to classify or diagnose HIV. Testing is the only way to know, and you have done tests, so great job!

I hope this helped, please visit our website or smartsexresource.com for more HIV information.

Sincerely,

Christina


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