Anonymous
Hello,

Firstly I would lIke to thank you for taking the time in responding. Around April 24th-25th I had receptive unprotected anal intercourse with a man. He said he did not have HIV prior to doing it hence there was no condom used. I know I know, bad move. Anyway, assuming the worst I went in and tested at the local clinic starting at 2 weeks (I know that is much too soon but my anxiety was killing me).

Below is the time frame in which testing was administered:

2 weeks via Ab Rapid Test (finger prick) - negative

3 weeks (21 days) via Ab Rapid Test (finger prick) - negative

26-27 days via HIV RNA Qualitative & 4th Generation Ab/Ag - Both results, negative.

I have been experiencing:

-mental fog,

-major discoloration in certain areas on face after showers, somewhat itchy like eczema on both elbows (but flesh colored, not red or raised),

-red spots all over shoulders and back of arms after shower

-fatigue

from the start of my scare and I know this may be entirely related to my stress and anxiety but I figured it may be alleviated by the results of my tests.

However, they are not, due to conflicting statistics on the web. So I am here, asking the question myself hoping for an experienced response as I have had enough with the worrying as this is ruining my daily activities and relations with friends, family, and my job.

Thank you,

C.
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Anonymous
Hi there, thank you for your question.

It sounds like you are feeling distressed about having acquired HIV after having unprotected anal sex. You have definitely taken the right steps in getting tested and bringing up your concern to us. Hopefully the following will help bring comfort to you.


At AIDS Vancouver we go by the official HIV guildelines and believe that after 3 months (12 weeks) post exposure test results are conclusive.
So with the Antibodies Rapid test, upto 95% of infections are detected within 4-6 weeks.
As for the NAAT PCR RNA test you took 26-27 days post exposure. This test is 90% accurate at 10-12 days.
I suggest you get retested at 3 months (12 weeks) for conclusive results. Results after 3 months post exposure have an accuracy of 99%.

Also, it is best not to go by symptoms of HIV, because HIV tends to mirror other viral infections. So the only way to know your status is just to get tested!
It would be good to partner up with your doctor to discuss your symptoms.

I hope all the best for you! Thank you again for your question to the helpline! If you have further questions feel free to give our helpline a call.

Jasmine (Volunteer)

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm (PST

604 253 0566 Ext. 299

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