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Question: Can Viagra Affect HIV Test Results?
« on: June 17, 2020, 11:45:31 pm »
A bit of a background: I have tested for HIV 28 days, 12 weeks, and, more recently, 4 months after my high risk exposure. Each result was negative.

I currently have alopecia- and a history of asthma and anemia. But to my knowledge, and correct me if I'm wrong, any type of immune compromised issue will only cause a false positive result- NOT negative.

And I know false negatives are even more rare than false positives. And I have tested at the appropriate times. But is it possible, if I'm frequently taking Viagra/silendafil, for antibodies to be hidden or delayed?

I've read somewhere online that Viagra can cause immunospression as it's a maintenance drug- and at lower dosage it's used to treat pulmonary hypertention and affect blood pressure. So considering this, and the things I've shared above, is it possible that my HIV tests are not fully conclusive? Would I need to test out at 6 months?
« Last Edit: June 17, 2020, 11:48:07 pm by Quickquestion1 »

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Re: Question: Can Viagra Affect HIV Test Results?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2020, 04:34:54 am »
Hiya,

What was your risk?
What HIV test did you have?

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Re: Question: Can Viagra Affect HIV Test Results?
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2020, 07:57:51 am »
Hi Jim.

It was a one time insertive vaginal sex with a woman with an unknown status.

And I know symptoms don't mean much- but I've had unusual breakouts of hives, strawberry legs/arms, blemishes, gastrointestinal issues, swollen lymph nodes (which came a bit late), fatigue, and a fever.

My tests were:

28 days- 4th gen and a viral load test (which was undetectable)
12 weeks- 4th gen and a rapid
4 months- 4th gen and a rapid

My goal was to put this behind me- until the symptoms became more annoying and noticeable.

I thought that maybe my health history may possibly cause issues with the testing. But I never received any false positive results. So I ruled that out. The only thing I thought might be an issue, oddly enough, is the thing that has been helping me- Silendafil/Viagra.

I take it several times a week- and have surely taken it a day or two each time before testing.

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Re: Question: Can Viagra Affect HIV Test Results?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2020, 10:10:20 am »
Hiya,

Thanks for the details.

I presume it was condomless intercourse, well the good news is you have tested conclusively negative for HIV from this incident. Viagra/sildenafil makes no difference and so HIV is not an issue unless you have had other and more recent exposures.

I do hope you feel better soon, nothing you mentioned is HIV specific either. Keep working with your healthcare provider on treating what is making you sick instead of stressing about HIV.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about 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.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Question: Can Viagra Affect HIV Test Results?
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2020, 12:32:58 pm »
Thanks for the response Jim.

No there was no additional exposure. And yes, the incident was condomless. My biggest worry with Silendafil was it's somehow hiding or delaying antibodies similar to the way pep, IV drugs, and other medicines can.

I read online, which I can cite the source, that it was a maintenance drug which can be immunosupressive. Soooo... that's where the fear picked up. I don't want to do all of this testing only to find out later it was the cause.

But I thank you for easing my worries.

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Re: Question: Can Viagra Affect HIV Test Results?
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2020, 12:40:06 pm »
Hiya

1001 things are immunosuppressive to a degree, however, nearly all are irrelevant levels including what you are taking in terms of HIV testing.

In short, unless you are dead, dying, long term IV drug user or undergoing treatment with critical immunosuppressive nature as in chemotherapy you have nothing to worry about.

Hence I said you have tested conclusively negative, I presume you would have mentioned lying in a hospital bed dying or chemo.

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