Talking about home testing for HIV

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All the symptoms, Really Scared.


I had oral/intercourse with sex worker abroad, 4 weeks ago, i did use a condom however. 3 weeks later i started getting chills, fever, night sweats, congestion, sore head (and im rarely ill). I took the Biosure HIV test yesterday (25 days after) and was negative, but im still anxious, should i wait another 2 months for another test or does a blood test at GP conclusive?

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Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 06th March 2017

Hi Never-Again Generally speaking the rash is around the chest and torso, not usually the neck area. Regardless of your HIV status, you have taken the right action - getting tested. As I said, it is very unlikely that your symptoms are the consequence of HIV infection and once you have visited your private clinic they will be able to reassure you further. I hope that this helps. Kindest Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

 Used on 04th March 2017

Hi Gary, starting to panic again, i now have hot rash round my neck.

 Used on 03rd March 2017

Hi Gary, thanks for responding so quickly. I have booked into private clinic for 4th generation testing, hep b and c and other STI's after 30 days after exposure. Thanks for the information.

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 03rd March 2017

Hi Never-Again Thank you for contacting us. There are a few things to mention that might help to ease your fears. Firstly, it is very rare to contract HIV through oral intercourse, not impossible but it is improbable (way less than a 1 in 10,000 chance). The chances of contracting HIV through sex when using a condom is reduced even further. Secondly, one of the telling symptoms of HIV seroconversion illness is a short lasting body rash. Taking these two things together means that it is much more likely that you symptoms are flu or something similar rather than HIV seroconversion illness. Lastly, your negative BioSURE HUV Self Test is very encouraging but unfortunately couldn't be considered conclusive. You would need to test again in another 8 weeks to be certain. A laboratory 4th generation test would be able to detect the presence of HIV at around 28 days post exposure. It is very, very probable that you are NOT HIV positive, but to be absolutely sure now, you would need another kind of test. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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