Anonymous
I am a single mom to a 2 year old daughter. I went through a bout of depression after her father and I broke up and got kind of careless with my sex life. Over a period of 4 months I had unprotected sex with 3 people. (One of them is now deceased due to suicide....which I'm starting to wonder if the reason he killed himself had anything to do with HIV) My last "at risk" interaction occurred in early November. After three months I began experiencing flu symptoms so I purchased an at home HIV testing kit and tested negative. I also went to the doctor where I was swabbed and found negative also. Three months following my negative testing, I am once again experiencing some questionable symptoms like lymph node swelling, muscle aches, head aches, and shortness of breathe. I am convinced SOMETHING is going on and I am mortified at the thought of it being HIV. 4 days ago I had some blood work done but was told that it would take about a week for results to come back. I am an emotional wreck to say the least. I can't eat or sleep and I cant stop crying. I feel awful. I have a daughter to live for and I've let her down!!! Somebody please help me! I am literally going insane
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your question. Its sounds like you are concerned about the reliability of your test results.

All HIV tests are considered conclusive 3 months post exposure.

All the tests that you took were post 3 months.

All the tests that you took came back negative.

Your negative test results are considered conclusive.

You can trust your negative test results


We currently do not attribute any symptoms to HIV because HIV presents itself differently in different people. The symptoms you are experiencing could be indicative of other viral infections. I would encourage you to go to your doctor and discuss the symptoms. I would also suggest that you discuss your worries about HIV with your doctor. Your doctor may be able to connect you with services to talk about your feelings about this stressful time.


I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • CATIE


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver.

    Hilary

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