Anonymous
I just tested Negative or in range not detected, reference range not detected, 8 weeks after unprotected oral sex on a female. The test used was hiv rna QL TMA. My symptoms started appearing about 5 days after my encounter. I lost my voice and had a very mad sore throat. That went away but it's been almost 3 months and my lymph nodes are still swollen as well as my tonsils and nasal lining. My question is with the length and time that I took the test is it safe to say that I'm hiv negative?
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Anonymous
HI there, thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for HIV and AIDS related information.

To answer your question, all HIV tests are considered absolutely conclusive 3 months after the initial exposure. The test results your received however, are a very good indication of your HIV status: An RNA test is considered over 95% accurate at 6 weeks post exposure! It is very unlikely that you have HIV.

Regarding your symptoms, there are no clinically defined symptoms associated with the HIV virus. The symptoms you described are not an indication of your status and could be caused by any number of things, even stress! The only way to determine your HIV status is through testing. If you are concerned about your symptoms you may want to consider visiting your doctor.

I hope that answers your question, if not please feel free to contact us again!

In health,

Arne, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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