Anonymous
I am a guy of 25 years old..in 2008 I had sex with a sex worker..after three years, in 2011 I had tested Elisa but report was negative after that I had tested in 2013 Elisa report was negative now a days am suffering from untreated cough & diarrhea..am I infected with HIV? pls help.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline forum, hopefully we will be able to answer your questions.

It sounds like you're worried about some symptoms you've been having and wondering if they could be related to HIV.

All HIV tests are considered conclusive at 3 months, provided that there have been no sexual experiences in between. So, your test in 2011 can be considered conclusive for the 2008 sexual experience, as long as there were no sexual experiences after this time. The second test you had in 2013 would also be conclusive, as long as there had not not been any sexual experiences in the 3 months before.

In regards to symptoms (the cough and diarrhea you've been experiencing), at AIDS Vancouver we do not go by symptoms as an indicator of HIV because they often mirror other viral infections. Testing is the only way to know. My recommendation would be to visit your doctor and tell them about the cough and diarrhea, they should be able to figure out why this is happening and hopefully help you to treat it.

For more information about HIV check out the AIDS Vancouver website, there is information about activities and risk of acquiring HIV and testing. If you live in British Columbia feel free to give our helpline a call for our health promotion programs.

Hope you're feeling better soon and you're able to find some relief from those symptoms.
If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to give us or contact the helpline
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Isla (Volunteer)
AIDS Vancouver
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