Anonymous
Hello, first off I just wanted to thank AIDS Vancouver for providing such an amazing for place for people to find comfort when struggling with HIV itself and the fears of contracting HIV..

I've had a possible exposure to HIV about 8 weeks ago, I had a sore throat about a week after exposure and no other main symptoms of acute infection. I still wanted to get tested due to my fear of HIV for ease of mind.

I took the following tests

-Oraquick test negative at 20 days

- HIV RNA Early detection test at 23 days post exposure and came back negative, the provider this test says "We are the only online STD testing service that provides this FDA-approved RNA- based HIV Early Detection Test." And they say to take the test after 9 to 11 days post exposure.

-Oraquick negative test at about 34 days.

And about 6 weeks post exposure I have developed a pins and needles feeling in my hands constantly and sometimes in my feet. Can HIV neuropathy occur this early post exposure? Or is tingling sensation in hands and feet a symptom of HIV this early?

Thank you so much
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for choosing the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of information.

There are no clinical symptoms associated with HIV. This means that no consistent physical symptoms have been observed among people with HIV. With that being said, some infected individuals do experience a strong flu-like illness 2-3 weeks post exposure, and this last for about 8-10 days. However, some infected individuals experience no symptoms at all.

The symptoms you are experiencing can't be utilized for diagnosis or be can conclusively be related to HIV. The best way to know your status is to get tested. We strongly suggest that you reach out to a public health professional in your area, in order to discuss the symptoms you've been experiencing.

The NAAT PCR RNA test is considered to be 95-98% accurate at 6 weeks. If you are to get retested, it is very unlikely that the test results will change. With that being said, it is up to you as to whether or not you would want to get retested. The World Health Organization guidelines consider HIV tests to be all conclusive at 84 days.

Hopefully the information provided can give you a clearer perspective on your situation.

In health,

Moe- AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online
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Phone: (604) 253-0247 ext 210
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