Anonymous
Hello,
I live in Pakistan. I had oral sex with a transsexual worker. I received and gave oral.
After 2 weeks I experienced swollen lymph nodes in neck and groin. There are 2 in groin but are less than 1 cm and about 4 in the neck. 2 are 1.25 cm and the other 2 are very small but yet noticeable.
I got tested after 5 days of exposure and then i took another test at 47 days which was HIV 1/2 Antibody/Antigen it was 0.09 NEGATIVE.

Im still worried. Im not receiving any hepatitis treatment or chemo and my immune system is not compromised.
Am i still seroconverting?
Do i need to test again?

Thanks,
Regards
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information.

It seems you're concerned about the reliability of your test results and some symptoms you are currently experiencing.

You state that you have had 2 HIV tests and all have come back negative. This is very good. You can trust your negative test results whereas the tests you took are highly accurate.

95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks, and all HIV tests are considered conclusive 3 months post exposure.

If you still feel uncertain, even after reading this information, I would encourage you to a get another test on or after the 3 month mark. That test will be considered conclusive and give you some peace of mind.

As for the symptoms you are experiencing, we at AIDS Vancouver are not healthcare providers, so cannot comment on them. However, HIV infections are never diagnosed based on symptoms alone, simply because the symptoms of an HIV infection are quite common to many other common medical conditions. Testing is the only way to diagnose an HIV infection. If you're concerned about any symptoms you're experiencing, we'd encourage you to see a healthcare provider.

I would also encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • HIV Basics


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