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Author Topic: Worried about false negative after developing yeast rash on my arm  (Read 755 times)

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5 years ago, I had a risky encounter, and later that night, developed a fever, chills and felt sick all weekend. I was in a state of panic for a long time. I got tested 3 weeks after that and was negative on everything, and 5 and a half months after the encounter, I got an OraQuick test at a clinic and was negative. I now worry if that might have been a false negative because I drank a little water 20ish minutes before the test, because now I have a yeast infection on my arm and worry if that's a form of an opportunistic infection. It's the only thing that I am experiencing at the moment, but it makes me worry sometimes. I hear that those are u common in healthy people. I haven't had fevers, fatigue, digestion problems or anything, but this yeast rash on my arm has me worrying. I haven't had any risky encounters, or quite frankly, any at all since that one 5 years ago. I am looking for some input on this. Could that test have been a false negative? I remember reading food and water consumption can sometimes alter results.

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Re: Worried about false negative after developing yeast rash on my arm
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2019, 11:41:21 pm »
What was risky?
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Re: Worried about false negative after developing yeast rash on my arm
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 05:45:45 am »
Unprotected receptive anal with a stranger.

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Re: Worried about false negative after developing yeast rash on my arm
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2019, 06:05:48 am »
I'm looking for some input on this. It's on my mind a lot.

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Re: Worried about false negative after developing yeast rash on my arm
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2019, 06:12:06 am »
Hiya,

Look the symptoms on the night in question have nothing to do with HIV at all and I am sorry to hear about the more recent yeast overgrowth although it's so common that most people will experience it in life regardless of HIV status. No need to overthink it but do see your GP (Doctor) and treat it as needed.

You tested twice post your potential exposure, on the second test with the oral swap you were drinking 20 mins beforehand, although I doubt the results you have will change for peace of mind you could test again.

Remember if you are sexually active to test for STI's & HIV out of standard routine at least yearly.

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. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

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

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Re: Worried about false negative after developing yeast rash on my arm
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2019, 01:42:51 am »
How likely is a false negative on an Oraquick test five and a half months post exposure? In late August 2014, I had a risky exposure of receptive anal, later that night, I felt sick for the weekend. I stayed worried for months, and finally got an Oraquick test at a clinic in mid February 2015. I seem to recall drinking something 20ish so minutes before the test, which according to the test pamphlet, may interfere with results. It came back negative. I have had no risky encounters, or any encounters at all since then. Over the last month however, my fears have returned and I worry it might be a false negative, as I have developed a yeast rash on my arm, and a big one on my leg. I worry I might have HIV and it's lowered my immune system enough to cause this. I feel fine otherwise, but am worrying these yeast skin rashes are an opportunistic infection brought by HIV lowering my immune system to allow them. I am now considering taking another test. I also over the last few hours began to get paranoid, thinking yeast might have infected one of my eyes too, as it's reddish now and teary, as I rubbed it all day long day trying to get something out of it. I know the last part is likely an unfounded worry, but it's on my mind. Basically, I keep worrying I might have got a false negative in 2015, due to my recent symptoms.

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Re: Worried about false negative after developing yeast rash on my arm
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2019, 03:29:11 am »
Hiya,

Look the symptoms on the night in question have nothing to do with HIV at all and I am sorry to hear about the more recent yeast overgrowth although it's so common that most people will experience it in life regardless of HIV status. No need to overthink it but do see your GP (Doctor) and treat it as needed.

You tested twice post your potential exposure, on the second test with the oral swap you were drinking 20 mins beforehand, although I doubt the results you have will change for peace of mind you could test again.

Remember if you are sexually active to test for STI's & HIV out of standard routine at least yearly.

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. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

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.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages

Kind regards

Jim
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
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Transmission and Risks:
HIV Transmission and Risks
Read more about Testing here:
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