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Offline Femino

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Are my tests conclusive?
« on: June 25, 2017, 01:45:32 PM »

Dear team, I need answers please.
I was exposed on the 6th of May 2017. Condom removed for about a minute while having Sex with a girl of unknown status. Been feeling weak, slight headaches and sensations in my palms and feet right from the third day after exposure. My test results are: Elisa antibody test @ 5 days post exposure, negative, P24 antigen + Antibody Combo test @ 17 days post exposure,negative and another P24 antigen + Antibody Combo test @ 30 days post exposure also negative, Also ran a blood culture test about 3rd after exposure and result was also negative after 5 days(no growth after 5 days). My Doctor said my results are conclusive but the thing is, I still do not feel well. Today is day 49 after exposure and I still feel weak intermittently, I feel a bit of bitterness in my mouth every now and then, the tingling sensations in my palms and feet now and then, muscle pains now and then. I am having second thoughts about my Doctor's conclusion as I am afraid this might be ARS symptoms. I having been reading on several sites on the Internet where some say 4th gen tests are conclusive after 28 days. My questions is, if the hiv tests are truly conclusive, then why am I still having all these feelings. I also tested for Malaria parasites and typhoid and they were also negative. My other question is, if the symptoms I am feeling are truly ARS, would the 4th gen tests I took av detected the infection ( antigene or antibody) Help me please.

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Re: Are my tests conclusive?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2017, 02:05:20 PM »
Your doctor is correct that results post 28 days rarely change.

We don't discuss symptoms here but truly yours are not related to HIV even if you had been HIV positive - see a doctor and treat whatever is making you sick

A 4th gen test is the same as a 3rd gen test just including an antigen test for HIV type 1 

So fourth generation tests may shorten the time from exposure to seroconversion a repeat test at 3 months is still recommended to definitively exclude HIV infection. 

See HIV antibody response can be detected as early as two weeks even in some people however 99.9% of people will test positive by 13 weeks or 3 months except for those with underling medical conditions such as receiving cancer treatment. 

So for you 3 months is considered conclusive. In short testing before 3 months can give you a good indication of your HIV status, but test at 3 months after the exposure to be considered HIV negative.

If you test or not is up to you.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

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Kind regards

Jim

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Offline Femino

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Re: Are my tests conclusive?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2017, 07:22:41 PM »
Many thanks for your comments. I must say that they are quite reassuring. I saw my GP again yesterday and he advised me to test for blood sugar which I did and result was a bit on the high side. I asked if I could tie that to my weak feelings and all and he said it could be possible. I also ran another HIV test yesterday, the rapid test and result was negative. In you vast experience, do you think one can keep testing negative while having ARS symptoms? Am just asking just in case. Pardon my paranoia I just can't help it. It's exactly 7 weeks and two days today.

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Re: Are my tests conclusive?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2017, 07:45:36 PM »
There is a very high probability that you will eventually test conclusively negative.  You will just need to continue to listen to your doctor and move on with your life.

It is far from a fact that you are experiencing Acute Retroviral Syndrome (ARS) symptoms, so I can't reasonably address your question, but generally ARS occurs prior to the formation of HIV antibodies--so, yes, someone could test negative and be experiencing ARS.  But, again, it has not been established as a fact that you are experiencing ARS.
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Re: Are my tests conclusive?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 05:41:04 AM »
Hi Jim and others.

I am happy to come back to you guys after three months with my test results. Since the last time I made comments in this forum, I have done about 5 rapid HIV lab tests, where my blood was drawn and tested in the lab. Results were received 15 minutes after on each exercise. They all came out negative. I am now 3 months and two weeks, I did a P24 1/2 AG & AB test at 95 days  and it's still negative. What is supprising is just the fact that all the symptoms still persists. Fatigue, bitterness in mouth, muscle & joint pains , chesty cough all intermittently. Been to my doctor and they did urinalysis, hep B , PCV, malaria and typhoid and they all came out negative. He says that I am fine and they is nothing wrong with me. He assured me that I can completely rule out HIV and he said that my body and mind might be playing tricks on me. This is so hard to believe because trust me, I have tried so hard to accept my results and move on with my life but I simply cannot because of the of all these feelings when ever they come back. Am just thinking , is is possible that my immune system is so weak that antibodies are not yet produced after three months? Can I still be seroconverting after 3 months? Do I have to wait to test at 6 months again. I am going back gradually to panic mode. All tests says I am negative but my symptoms says otherwise.

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Re: Are my tests conclusive?
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2017, 06:36:59 AM »
Your doc is correct, you simply do not have hiv and have conclusively tested negative.

Your symptoms never had anything  to do with hiv.

Jim
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