Anonymous
Hi, thanks for this.

If I tested negative with 4th gen HIV test six weeks after possible exposure and then negative three other times with an Oraquick mouth swab at a clinic ranging from 2 months to 9 months after exposure, can I be certain I am HIV negative?
Are there different kinds of HIV that might not be detected by these tests at the time frame I provided?
My only symptom has been hives covering almost whole body that went away after one day about 8 months post exposure. Along with the hives I got a brown rash type spot covering my left side of face. I have also had a very unstable stomach since about 6 months after exposure and have not stopped 8 months after stomach pain began.

Thanks a lot!!!
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Anonymous
Hi and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source for HIV related information.

Testing that is done at 12 weeks after the potential exposure is conclusive regardless of which tests you had. You had testing done within the recommended time frames and you do not need further testing.

The testing methods you have used test for all strains of HIV, so you should not let this concern you.

There are no specific symptoms of HIV infection. In fact, certain individuals may never develop symptoms, while others may experience strong flu-like symptoms which occur about 2-4 weeks after exposure and which disappear within 8-10 days. The symptoms you have described are not specifically connected to HIV and could have many causes.

You may wish to consult your doctor about your symptoms in order to have a diagnosis and treatment plan, as you may have some other serious health issues other than HIV.

If you have any other HIV related questions or concerns in the future, please do not hesitate to contact the Helpline again.

Best wishes,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

helpline@aidsvancouver.org

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