Anonymous
Is it important to tell your doctor you were having symptoms a few weeks after a unprotected sexual encounter before you get any testing done will not telling your doctor make them if you a different type of less accurate test . This person I know was having symptoms but did not tell their doctor but 3 months later they got tested and where negative. Are they in the clear. They had a blood test done that was sent to bc disease control for testing.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you have a question about window periods and symptoms. We're happy to answer your question for you.

The reason why we at AIDS Vancouver do not consider symptoms in our assessment is that we are not healthcare providers, so are not trained in assessing them. This is not to say that a healthcare provider would not consider the symptoms you may be experiencing when deciding on a potential test. We always encourage people to speak to their healthcare providers about any symptoms they are experiencing. It is true, however, that symptoms are never used alone in diagnosing an HIV infection, as the symptoms of HIV are very common to many other common medical conditions (like the flu, for example).

If this person you know has had an HIV test at least 3 months after an encounter they're concerned about (and has not had any potential exposures in that time) then that test results is conclusive of their present status. Most HIV tests have a 3 month window period.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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