Anonymous
I had a fairly low risk sexual encounter (oral but with ejaculation) with a guy whose status I do not know but of whom I am a bit suspicious. Ten days later I had a (mild) sore throat and (mild) night sweats. The sore throat passed off in a day or two, the night sweats happened maybe 3 more times over the next week. I had a Duo test at 2 weeks from the encounter and it was negative. Here is my question. While I know a negatve 2 week Duo test is not conclusive, the only reason I was worried is because of the symptoms (I understand the encounter was pretty low risk). Can I derive any comfort from the fact that a Duo test 4 days after the emergence of symptoms proved negative, as there would have been antigens present if the symptoms had been seroconversion related?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

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

First of all, I would like to comment on your symptoms. 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.
We suggest that you don't rely on symptoms as an indicator of your status, or the likelihood of you being HIV positive.

The 4th Generation DUO/COMBO test is one of the leading/best HIV tests available at the moment. With that being said, many HIV specialists consider this test conclusive at 6 weeks. With that being said, the World Health Organization's guidelines for testing indicate that HIV tests are all conclusive only at 3 months post possible exposure.

We cannot really comment beyond that, as far as the testing and the reliability goes. We suggest that you perhaps reach out to a health care professional in your area. Him/her are likely to be able to comment on questions of yours that are more technical/clinical.

In health,

Moe, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer.
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