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Advice please. 12 years post exposure.


Looking for some advice from biosure please. My last exposure was 12.5 years ago. I have been well in the interim. No exposure since. Since Christmas I have been unwell with abdominal pain and weight loss. Under care of GP and hospital. I am very concerned that my symptoms are as a consequence of potential exposure all those years ago. I took two separate biosure tests 2 weeks apart in January this year. Both were clearly negative with one line. My question is, would the tests be none reactive given the exposure so long ago? Could my immune system be so weakened with little to no antibodies as to render the tests unreactive. Very worried as life has moved on since exposure dramatically and fear the worst

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Becky Smith, BioSure UK LTD
 Work on 15th March 2021

Hi Anxiety02, It's a Sin has raised a lot of questions and worry about past exposures but at the same time, it has also raised a vast amount of awareness and conversation surrounding HIV and other STIs. It is great that you have taken the initiative to test for a past possible exposure that you might not have thought of as a worry before watching the TV series. If you were to have been infected 8 years ago, antibodies would have been produced in response to HIV infection and would remain in your blood until detected. Your negative result 8 years post exposure is extremely accurate and is conclusive - you do not need to retest. The fact that your exposure was 8 years ago would suggest to me that if you were infected, you would be close to having AIDS and you would be very run down and unwell. I am confident in saying that your negative result can be relied upon heavily and you do not need to retest. I hope this helps. Kindest regards, Becky

 Used on 12th March 2021

Hi, I’ve recently been having severe anxiety after watching 'It’s a Sin' about a possible exposure 8 years ago. I have done a biosure test that has come back negative. Would antibodies still be present after 8 years? Is my negative result accurate after 8 years?

Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 22nd February 2021

Hi, Firstly I would like to apologise for not getting back to you sooner and sorry to hear that you have been unwell. In response to your question about non reactivity, given that your exposure was over 12 years ago, if you were to have been infected, antibodies would still be present in your blood in high amounts. Antibodies are produced in response to HIV infection; as soon as you are exposed to HIV, antibodies are produced in response to the foreign virus. These antibodies remain in the blood system until detected and treated. HIV if left untreated, will progress into AIDS. This progression is said to take on average 8-12 years. If you were to have been exposed 12 years ago, it is very likely now that by now your immune system would be extremely weakened. However, antibodies would still be present and a HIV test would be able to detect infection. The fact that you have tested twice well outside of the window and both results have been negative is extremely reliable. I hope this helps to answer your queries and hopefully put your mind at rest. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them below. Kindest regards, Becky

Worried doesn't cover it
 Used on 14th February 2021

Biosure can you please get back to me?

Worried doesn't cover it
 Used on 11th February 2021

Just read your simmilar post mate. That's my worry too. Its literally causing my mental health to crumble into pieces. Never had these thoughts before. Can biosure please help?

 Used on 11th February 2021

We are both in the same boat. I have done the exact same thing and it has been 12 years also. Fingers crossed we can't both have false negatives

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