Anonymous
Good afternoon,

I went to a trip to Cancun, Mexico for spring break. I slept with a girl with a condom, but I was under the influence of the alcohol and don't remember if the condom broke or stuck in her. I am very scared and worried. I had pumps on the back of my toung and freaked out. Soon as I got back to USA, I went to a doctor and told her about the pumps and what happened. I got checked for std's and I was clean. I got checked for hepatitis C and it was negative. Then I started feeling Super dizzy, tired, soar toung, and tingling in my right arm and leg. Then my knee got swollen a little bit. I lost appetite, and a little weight. I asked the doctor and they said its anxiety. I haven't got a fever and it is 3 months and more now. After 8 weeks, I got a rapid HIV test and it was negative. I let my girl check herself as well she is clean. She got tested after 2 months and a half and ELISA and she is negative. I am still feeling weak and tired and concerned. I got my HIV test after 3 months, but I am still waiting my results. They told me that the rapid HIv test isn't very accurate, is that true? Also I feel my leg and arms still hurt and sometimes itching me. My skin is drier than before too. I am so scared, please help me.
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems you are concerned that the symptoms you have might indicate HIV infection although a rapid test has come back negative. We are glad to provide some information.

We do not determine the HIV status of an individual using symptoms. The reason is that some symptoms might actual be caused by viral infections that are not related to HIV. The only way to determine your HIV status is by getting tested which you have already done. The test results that you are waiting for that were done three months after the exposure are considered conclusive. They rarely differ from earlier tests. However it is important that you get tested 3 months after the exposure.

Rapid tests are 96% accurate as at the time of being administered. However the 4th generation test which is normally administered after 12 weeks is considered the most accurate test at 99,9%.

The Aids Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

In health

Lawrence


AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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