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Author Topic: Can HIV be detected while having fever symptoms? Has anyone had this experience?  (Read 1140 times)

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Offline Robert0915

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Hi everyone,

17 days ago, I had a sexual encounter with someone who claimed to be undetectable. I decided to take extra precaution by using the Prep-on-demand method because I rarely have sex and read it was a safe alternative.

7 days after sex, I developed a really bad fever accompanied by vomiting and fatigue. I tested for Covid, but it came back negative, so the only thing I can think of it being infected.

I went to the clinic yesterday to get tested, (which was 16 days after sex) and the rapid test came back negative (itís the one where your blood is taken from your finger). I also got my blood drawn, but I know that I am not necessarily within the detection window at least for a few more days and the results may be misleading.

So, my question is this: can I test positive if I have symptoms like a fever, fatigue, and muscle aches? Also, has anyone tested positive after going to the doctor with a fever a few days after an encounter?

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Hiya,

I'm presuming this encounter included condomless intercourse.

To know your HIV status test at 6 weeks post this potential exposure with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test, a negative result at that time will rarely ever change, although generally not needed you can test for a definite result at 3 months post-exposure if you wish.

If you are using rapid tests, test at 3 months post potential exposure.

I'm sorry to hear that you have been feeling unwell and hope you feel better soon and, to answer your question it will not influence the test results.

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.  Continue to use PrEP as an additional layer of HIV prevention.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as Ďsafeí 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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Offline Robert0915

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Thank you so much. So basically, I can have a fever and other symptoms and not test positive at the moment with a rapid and antibody blood test? I figured I would have anti-bodies if I have symptoms but Iím not a scientist.

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If they are HIV related sure, but it's not.

The most common initial HIV symptom is none at all or none noticeable. 7 Days and vomiting, unrelated to HIV from this incident. Keep working with your doctor if you feel unwell and I hope you feel better soon.

Jim
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Offline Robert0915

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Hi. Will you test positive for HIV via an anti-body blood test after recovering from a fever?

I had unprotected sex with someone who claimed to be undetectable. A couple weeks later, I came down with a fever that lasted 3 days followed by fatigue.

I got tested for HIV approximately 19 days after being exposed and having a fever; the test came back negative (this was an antibody blood test). However, I did catch Chlamydia, and the doctor said that may have been the source of my fever.

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Hiya.

You already asked this question. If it was HIV related you would test reactive on the test. However, the most common initial HIV symptom is none at all or none noticeable.

So regardless of symptom or not, if there was exposure to know test at the appropriate time.

In the meantime do try to relax, If the person did have a suppressed viral load (undetectable) then there was zero HIV risk to you and even if their viral load was not suppressed HIV is difficult to transmit and the PreP on-demand is highly effective against HIV. Part of the PrEP routine is more frequent testing.

Best, Jim.
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