Anonymous
Hello , I had unprotected vaginal sex in the last week of February . Since then I got tested many times , last time before today ( june 15 ) was may 5 th and the test was negative . I have been very anxious in the last few months and experienced symptoms , possible candida , weight loss ,acne , sore throat and swollen lymph nodes . I am rally stressed at the moment and have a difficult time waiting for the result next week . I saw a doctor and he did the candida swab which came back negative, he said it can come back negative and still have candida. What should I expect for results . Thank you in advance for your time .
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related questions. I am sorry to hear that you have been experiencing these symptoms and that you have been stressed about this. Let me try to help you with your situation!

First, unprotected vaginal sex is considered a high risk activity. It is great that you have taken the initiative for your health and have had testing done. HIV testing, although it can be scary, is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV. All HIV tests are considered conclusive at 3 months or 12 weeks after your last high risk. Since your exposure was in February, your conclusive test period would have been during the last week of May. With this said, your test results from June the 15th should provide you with conclusive results. If you are negative at this time, you can rest knowing that you are HIV negative and you need no further testing.

With regards to your symptoms, I would like to say that HIV has no clinically definable symptoms. This means that symptoms vary from person to person. However, it is common for people who have newly acquired HIV to experience flu-like symptoms. Your symptoms to do not mean you have HIV. Like I said before, the only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. To help decrease your stress, I would like to say that previously negative tests are a very good sign and I am optimistic for your June 15th test results. If your other symptoms continue to bother you, it would be helpful to see your local medical professional to determine any other cause for the symptoms so that you may receive proper treatment.

I hope this answers your questions and eases your anxiety. Good luck on your results from your June 15th test! AIDS Vancouver recommends that all sexually active individuals be tested on a regular basis for all STI's, including HIV. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions or feel free to check this [website](http://www.avert.org/fact-sheets-hiv-prevention.htm) for further information on HIV.

Best wishes,

Mary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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