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I tested for HIV with a test kit from my friend and it didn’t have instructions so the results came back with a dark(not red) control line line a faint line. I then went to buy a Biosure test kit that came back with a dark red control line only. Am I positive? What do I need to do with different results?

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 Used on 08th November 2019

Thank you very much FRANCESCA BARD, God bless you! Shane

Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Used on 07th November 2019

Hi SHANE, I am glad you have been able to put the potential exposure behind you and move forward with your life making informed decisions. In regards to your symptoms they could be related to many things (most probably stress and anxiety related) however I am not a doctor so cannot give an exact diagnosis. In regards to your oral thrush I would say visit your GP to get some medication to treat this. I would recommend not engaging in oral sexual activity until this has cleared up. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

 Used on 06th November 2019

Hi FRANCESCA BARD, I am indeed very honored to get a response from you. I'm glad i now have no reason to be worried. But i'm still wondering what could have been the cause of the series of HIV related symptoms that i experienced for such a long period. I also wanna ask if it could have been as a result of my anxiety. And even up till this moment i still have what looks like oral thrush in my mouth and i still experience slight headaches, fever, extreme tiredness and joint aches. I have been frequently booking appointments with my Dr and we did series of blood/STI tests and general check up examinations. My Dr has concluded from the results that i am perfectly alright medically, yet i still see the above symptoms up till this very moment and the Oral thrush is my major concern because i think it is mostly as a result of a weakened immune system. These whole events has been perhaps my biggest challenge ever and it has taught me a lot of lessons. It is an eye opening experience for me to be more cautious and desist from dangerous sexual behaviors. Thank you for your concerns, Shane.

Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 21st October 2019

Hi Shane, I understand this has been a very stressful time for you and I hope that I will be able to help you put your mind at rest. The fact that she knew her status is a good start and she also stated she was on medication. You did the right thing by going to your Dr and receiving PEP (which might not have been necessary if her viral load was undetectable due to ARV's). Given the amount of tests that have come back negative it was very unlikely your result was going to come back positive (however I would not have been able to comment). After taking the BioSURE HIV self test 13 months+ after your exposure, I can confirm that your result is conclusive, your status is negative and most importantly you #KnowYourStatus. I hope you can put this expereience behind you and go forward making more informed choices. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

 Used on 16th October 2019

Hi, I was exposed to hiv with a sex worker and immediately the comdom broke, she told me she was hiv+ but told me she was on Tribus medication. I was freaked out instantly and things got a little bit ugly between us. So the next morning I ran to my dr to explain what had transpired overnight, he ran a quick hiv test for me and it came out negative. So he immediately put me on something he called PEP. I took it as prescribed for exactly 31 days. But afterwards I started having Series of hiv related symptoms. 4 months later I did another hiv test and it was also Negative, but symptoms persisted for almost 13 months again. So just 2days ago I bought two biosure text kits and ran the first first as instructed on the pack and it came it clearly Negative, the next day I decided to try again and it also came out Negative. Please is it to be considered conclusive the I don’t have HIV? Cos I am still worried for some reasons. Thanks and I hope to get a response!

 Used on 17th May 2019

I did the 4th generation Elisa test and it came back negative as well. I'll do a follow up test after 3months using BioSure. Thank you so much. Got to say it's a nice piece of test kit, easy to use.

Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 14th May 2019

Hi Ben, it is possible but the chances of it happening are virtually zero. As I have already said the test you have used we cannot comment on as it is not our test. I am imagining the cassette test you performed did not have a control line like the BioSure test which means you cannot be sure that the test ran correctly and sufficient blood was used. I would recommend re-testing using BioSure or visiting you GUM clinic to help out your mind at rest. I hope this helps. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

 Used on 13th May 2019

But is it possible to test positive then negative then positive again?

Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) LTD
 Work on 13th May 2019

Hi Ben, I can only comment on the BioSURE HIV self test. Just a control line is a negative result and as long as your exposure was more than 12 weeks ago this will be deemed conclusive. I would also like to mention that doing a test with no instructions is not recommended. If you feel at all unconformable I would recommend re-testing using BioSure or alternatively visiting a GUM clinic as this will help put your mind at rest. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

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