Anonymous
I had a high risk exposure, unprotected vaginal intercourse. A day after I had pain in lymph under sternum in chest. 1 week later had fever, malaise, diarrhea, rash over back and shoulders that lasted for a week or so. I freaked and started my round of testing:
2 weeks (14 days) ICMA - < 1.00 no Nonreative ( dr said baseline test )
3 weeks (21 days) ICMA/ RNA - < 1.00 Nonreactive/ HIV 1 Nonreactive
5 weeks (35 days) ICMA/ RNA - < 1.00 Nonreactive/ HIV 1 Nonreactive
7 weeks (49 days) HIV 1,2 W Confirm West Blot - NEG
12 weeks (84 days) HIV 1/O/2 Abs - < 1.00 Nonreactive
From everything I have read or researched I felt assured I was negative and moved on with my life. It has now been 13 months with no other risks and the rash has come back, sores in mouth, and a constant dry cough that will not go away. Should I get yet another round of tests? Where the tests I performed not accurate, or should I look for some other reason for my symptoms? What are the chances all of my testing were false negatives?
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Anonymous
Hello There,

Thank you for posting on the AIDS Vancouver Helpline Forum.

The first four tests you have taken are all good indicators of your status, however the test you received at 84 days is confirmatory HIV test results are conclusive at 12 weeks post exposure. Your blood test came back negative at 12 weeks which means there is no chance of that test to change.

As for the systems you describe, none of these are related to HIV infection. In fact, there are no clinically defined for HIV infections. That means some individuals may experience a strong flu-like illness 4-6 weeks post exposure which disappears within 10 days, however, many infected individuals experience no symptoms whatsoever. That said, it is important to discuss these symptoms with your doctor so that they may be addressed.

Although no further testing is required for this activity, we do encourage all sexually active individuals to be tested on a regular basic as part of your health management routine.
We trust we have addressed your concerns however, should further information be required, feel free to contact us again

In good health,

Jonathan & Reeman, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer













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