Anonymous
About 28 weeks ago I had exposure with CSW
After 1 month of exposure I had skin rash over only palm and sole
Then at 13 week i had Ab test - Negative
But after that I had frequent chest infection, sore throat and apthus ulcer
At 19 week I had swollen lymph node and I felt lot of anxiety and went for another test Ab test - also Negative
But sore throat and lymph node still persist
At 22 week I had another sore throat, mouth ulcer, dry mouth and coated tongue and have another 4th Gen test - Ab Negative & Ag ND
But my anxiety still persist so the lymph node
At 24 week I had another Ab test - Negative
Now I am having perianal abscess and anxiety overload again!!!

Do I need another test after above test ( latest one is 24 week Ab test Negative )???

Dose Ab test alone conclusive for my HIV status??? (Need PCR RNA tets?)

Dose 24 week test conclusive???

Can someone take more than 24 week to develop Ab???

Dose my perianal abscess, frequent mouth ulcer and lymph node due to HIV???

***need your help
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline for HIV related information.

I understand you are concerned about the reliability of your test results, so I hope this information will be able to help you.

All tests are considered conclusive after 3 months. The only exceptions are:

1) if you're on antiretroviral treatment for Hepatitis C

2) If you're on treatment for cancer (chemotherapy)

3) if you're on PEP/PREP treatment for HIV

4) if you have an immunodeficiency disease (which you would know, they're diagnosed during infancy).

In these cases, tests are conclusive at 6 months. Assuming these don't apply to you, all tests after 12 weeks are considered conclusive, so your test results are reliable.

Regarding the various symptoms you've been experiencing, here at AIDS Vancouver we don't use symptoms to classify HIV as they're vague and can often mirror other viral infections such as the flu. Please consider seeing a health care professional regarding these symptoms, in order to figure out what is causing them and solve them.

Additionally, if you're in BC, please call our helpline and we can help you through a great program called the Health Promotion Management Program

For more information about testing, please look at the BC CDC's guidelines [here](http://www.bccdc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/B35EDEBD-98CA-48BB-AB7C-B18A357AC19D/0/HIV_GUIDE_051114.pdf).

Hopefully this was able to help you and ease your mind!

Sincerely,

Christina

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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