Talking about home testing for HIV

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HIV infection?

I had unprotected sex in January the 23rd/24th to be exact. I have been stressing since that day of being infected as I think the person lied to me about their HIV status. I have tested myself 4 weeks after possible infection which came back negative. Then I tested my self again about 6 weeks afterwards which were also negative. Then again at a clinic they did a antibody one which came back negative. Also after that I tested myself on day 57 / 8 weeks after possible infection which where a laboratory test for p24 antigen and antibodies which also came back negative. I have experienced gland swollen under ear next top part of jaw and night sweats and leg cramps and stomach pain. However i also suffer from anxiety so I read up all symptoms during this time from the 23rd January to see what the symptoms are etc etc. I am scared and feel bad at this point the glands and night sweats are the worse but the doctors keep on telling me it my stress and anxiety causing it.

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Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 25th March 2019

Hi Pieter, I believe the symptoms you are describing are much more likely to be caused by stress and worry as opposed to HIV. I am unable to comment on the accuracy in regards to time post exposure of the lab tests as I do not know what tests were used. The BioSURE HIV self test will give you a conclusive negative test result at 12 weeks post exposure so I would recommend doing a confirmatory test at 12 weeks just to help put this incident behind you. However this may not be necessary depending on the lab test used. I hope this helps. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

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