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jjmh78:
Good afternoon to all!

I had a high risk exposure (unprotected receptive anal) in early March.  About a week later came down with flu and a constellation of other symptoms.  During that time my primary care did a quantitative viral load thinking that I was possibly in acute infection before seroconversion.  He repeated the tests at 3 months post exposure and antibody came back non reactive, viral load at undetectable >50 copies.  I plan on following the CDC recommendation to re test at 6 months and have been ABSTAINING until all this is cleared up.  Should I be concerned that my 6 month test will be positive after all the negative tests so far?  I know that symptoms do not equal HIV, so, feeling the way I have been for the past few months, I would prefer to move testing towards something else if it is unlikely that I am HIV infected.

Thank you for any advice you can give

RapidRod:
Your 3 month test results are conclusive. The CDC lowered the testing several years ago from 6 months to 3 months.

jjmh78:
Thank you for your response...I guess why I have anxiety is because when I asked my doctor if this was conclusive he said he wanted to repeat serology at 6 months.  The other parts that create a problem is that I have symptoms of something(I admit it could be my own anxiety/hypochondriasm) and it is difficult to let go of HIV because of how I feel, a confirmed diagnosis of HIV+ partner and this 6 month window.

jkinatl2:
Well, unless your doctor is using seriously outdated testing technology (outside the third world, where do you get your hands on those old tests?) a three month result is considered definitive.

One option, if you want, is to find a local HIV specialist and go to him/her and get the most advanced test available. Another is to call your doctor and ask for the specifics of your test, then cross-reference the test specifics with what your local HIV specialist can asertain.

Seems like an awful lot of work though, and at the end of the day, you will still be HIV negative. As for symptoms, you said a mouthful when you mention stress. People can, and often do, manifest an amazing array of symptoms based solely on stress. From pain, to swollen lymph glands, to nausea and weight loss, to rashes. And more. Much more. That's one of the main reasons why we don't discuss symptomology here as a rule.

From what you have described, you are reliably and conclusively HIV negative. Um, and of course, in the future, use condoms and all that. But you know that already :)

jjmh78:
No my doctor is here in NYC (where I live) and has many HIV+ patients.  All of my labs (viral load, antibody and CBC's) have been performed by Quest Diagnostics, who, I believe, would be using the most advanced tests available.  As far as sex goes, I'm taking a break for a while and spending some time with my Jack Russell and reading again!

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