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 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 Quantitative & 4th Generation Ab/Ag - Both results, negative.

I have been experiencing a mental fog 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 habe had enough with the worrying as this is ruining my daily activities and relations with friends, family, and my job.

Thank uou,

C.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to answer your question.

With regards to your tests, unfortunately it is too early to comment on the accuracy of those tests. All HIV tests, by BCCDC standards, are considered conclusive after 3 months post-exposure. For this reason I might recommend waiting until 3 months has passed since your exposure to get another test.

It sounds like you are very concerned about your HIV status and test results. You may wish to take another 4th generation ab/ag test after 6 weeks have passed, because most HIV specialists consider this type of test conclusive at 6 weeks (however it is completely conclusive at 3 months). Also remember to keep in mind that you can only acquire HIV from someone who is HIV positive- so if your partner wasn't positive to begin with there would be no risk involved.

In terms of your symptoms of mental fog, we tend to not use symptoms to determine status here at AIDS Vancouver. This is because some people show them, others don't, and they often get confused with other illnesses or stress. If your mental fog persists and is bothering you, you may wish to get it checked out by a healthcare professional!

I hope I have answered your question to your satisfaction, and I apologize for not being able to give you further information about your test results. In this situation, all you can do is wait until you can take that next test for conclusive results.

In health,

Caroline

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online Volunteer

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm PST

604-253-0566 ext 299

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