Anonymous
I had sexual exposure with 2 pros 9 months back that time I had sore throat symptoms after 2 months, I tested for HIV on 49, 64 & 84th day of exposure, all came negative for HIV. Now after 9 months I'm facing idiopathic diarrhoea ( frequent motions without much coming out) & now I have developed herpes. I read that both can happen in HIV positive patients, I'm worried now. Should I test again for HIV. Is my detection late for HIV?
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline, we hope we'll be able to answer your questions.

It sounds like you're concerned about the accuracy of the tests you took, hopefully this information will lessen your worries.

In regards to the symptoms you have been experiencing, here at AIDS Vancouver, we don't use symptoms to classify HIV since the symptoms often mirror other viral infections such as the flu. In regards to your idiopathic diarrhoea, partner with your doctor to get that treated. Herpes is an STI that doesn't automatically develop from HIV. It's important that if you do have a herpes flare up, that you do not engage in high risk activities as it increases the risk of acquiring HIV. Continue to partner with your doctor about treating your herpes. A great resource for this is also Smart Sex Resource which you can find at:

[www.smartsexresource.com](www.smartsexresource.com)

It sounds like you've had 3 HIV tests done already. Between 4-6 weeks, 95% of cases are detectable. The most recent test you had was at 84 days post exposure, at which time all the tests are considered to be conclusive and accurate. The only exceptions are with the following conditions:

1) If you're on anti viral treatment for hepatitis C

2) Treatment for cancer (chemotherapy)

3) PEP Treatment for HIV

4) Other immunodeficiency diseases (and you would know since you would be diagnosed in infancy)

in which case tests are conclusive after 6 months.

If those conditions don't apply to you, then the test that you took at 84 days can be considered conclusive.
By the way, I noticed that you used the word pros, if I understand correctly, to refer to commercial sex trade workers. Here at AIDS Vancouver we refer commercial sex trade worker as a more appropriate term.

If you live in BC, we can suggest a great resource to you, our Health Promotion Management Program. Call our helpline for more information about that.

Thanks for the great question, hope we were able to help!

Sincerely,

Christina

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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