Anonymous
I am kurra, bisex. Recently I had sex (anal and oral) with a a guy. After few weeks, the guy told me that he had mouth ulcer, penis ulcer and HIV and syphilis positive. He suspect he getting from me. Hence, I tested for HIV (50 & 55 days after potential exposure and syphilis (55 days after potential exposure). I used rapid test kit (3rd generation antibody test kit with 99.8% sensitivity) and both tests showed negative. However, I am worried because there are few muscles (i don't know lymph nodes or not) swollen on my neck. I need some advice and is the HIV result is conclusive? I know window period is up to 90 days but just for peace of mind I want to know how likely I will get the same results after 90 days?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We are happy to help!

It sounds like you are experiencing lots of confusion in regard to the situation you have described. I will do my best to outline the information clearly for you.

If you did not use a condom, this exposure was a high risk one, so I'm happy you got tested! A 3rd generation test after 50/55 days is going to detect about 95% of infections, so this test is highly accurate. Although your test results are unlikely to change, we do recommend that you seek a final test at the 84 day mark in order to determine conclusiveness.

As for your symptoms, we do not use symptoms to determine HIV status here at the helpline. This is because some people show them, others do not, and they often get confused with other illnesses (like stress or the flu). For this reason, I would recommend seeking advice from your local medical professional. They will help to diagnose your illness and get you on your way to feeling better.

I hope this helps. Please let us know if you need further clarification.

For other resources, you can take a look at these sites:

http://www.catie.ca

http://www.smartsexresource.com

In health,

Caroline

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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