Talking about home testing for HIV

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3 tests later and still anxious

I’ve posted on here a few weeks ago and I’m still having anxiety about having possible HIV symptoms. My possible exposure was over a month ago, I’ve tested at 4 weeks, 5 and a half weeks and 7 weeks. I’m still horrendously paranoid about any mark I see on my body being a rash or anytime my throat feels not right I’m scared it’s because my lymph nodes are swollen. How reliable are the tests after 7 weeks?

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3 tests later and still anxious
 on 28th September 2018

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Symptoms and anxiety
 on 15th September 2018

Hello I took a biosure test 5 days ago (3 weeks and 4 days after possible exposure). I know this is early of the recommended window of 4 weeks to rest but my anxiety has been so bad I couldn’t wait anymore. I started having symptoms about 2 weeks ago (muscle ache, throat discomfort but no pain, random spots on my breasts and some pain in the glands under my arms) and my anxiety had been horrendous. The result of my test was negative so my question is if my symptoms were HIV related would the test have come back positive? Thank you
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Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 01st October 2018

Hi AnxiousGirl22. I understand that this is an extremely stressful period for you however you have taken the correct step by getting tested. The reliability of the BioSURE HIV self test does not change. As with virtually all HIV rapid tests, the BioSure HIV self test looks for antibodies of HIV in the blood rather than the virus itself. If a person has produced these antibodies then the test will detect them, but because of how immune systems work, people produce these at different times and rates after being contracting the virus. Most people have made these antibodies by 4 weeks but some people can produce them as late as 12 weeks later. This is why we say a negative result cannot be relied upon within this period and it is recommended to test again at 3 months after exposure. If you feel at all uncomfortable as your exposure is within the last 3 months then we would recommend you visit a clinic that can offer you a laboratory based test. I hope this helps but please do not hesitate to contact me further. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure UK (Ltd)

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