I had unprotected sex in October 2018. Since then I have taken 3 BioSure self tests. 1 at 2 months. Again at 6 months and the last one at just under 12 months. All 3 came out negative. However, I still have such anxiety about the situation. I find that I am constantly worrying that I have contracted the virus even though I have done 3 tests of all which were negative. Is it normal to experience this kind of anxiety around HIV?
Used on 15th April 2020
Thank you so much for your response. I’m so glad to have found this webpage as I have read many posts where people are feeling the same way I am. Makes me feel like I’m not totally crazy!
Becky Smith, BioSURE UK LTD
Work on 03rd April 2020
Often people are very anxious about HIV and testing for HIV, sometimes because of the stigma that surrounds HIV or perhaps because HIV is not curable. Although HIV is not curable, it can be treated. Effective antiretroviral treatment means that a person living with HIV can live a normal and relatively healthy life, and if their viral load is lowered, the virus cannot be passed on. HIV is not a death sentence, it is 3 letters.
From your possible exposure to the times of testing, your results are highly accurate and conclusive. The fact that you have tested 3 times over the past 1 year is a good initiative and you have taken a really good step in testing. Your negative result is conclusive and there should be nothing to worry about. I know that it may be hard but the best thing to do is to try and put this behind you and move on.
If you need any support or ever need anyone to talk to, my personal and private email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to answer any queries.
Becky, BioSURE UK LTD