Anonymous
Hi there
I had a brief unprotected vaginal intercourse with a 19 year old female while i was in europe past summer . Few days later on my flight back to US i experienced high fever - 103 degrees . I had night sweats and coughing for about a week . When i did a research online i started stressing that i might have been infected with HIV .My stress was out of control because i am in a relationship and was afraid that i might infect my girlfriend . I went to the lab at 6 1/2 week after possible exposure and had the 4th generation hiv test - negative . After that i still had some symptoms like hot flushes , troubles sleeping , alcohol intolerance . Went back to the doctor and explained all these symptoms . He told me that this is anxiety related . I had another 4th generation duo test at 11 week ( i know that 12 is supposed to be conclusive but couldn't wait another week ) . That test was negative too . Since then i still have those hot flushes and sleep disorder . What is your opinion and what should i do to get back to normal life ? Thank you
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Anonymous
Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your enquiry. I understand you are worried about your test results, and I will be glad to help.

The 4th generation duo test is the most accurate test to date. This test is considered by many HIV experts to be "conclusive" at early as 6 weeks, although the conservative CDC guidelines still haven't been changed and they consider it conclusive at 12 weeks. The 12 week mark is not a defined border, it is a conservative stretch of the waiting period just to be safe. So, your test results are a very strong indication that you are HIV negative, and by the standards of many experts your results are conclusive. It is not necessary for you to be tested again, but If you like your results to be conclusive by the CDC standards, you could go for another test after 12 weeks, which should almost certainly come back negative.


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Ali

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