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Hiv rash scares

Hello I took your hiv biosure rest 3 months after exposure 84days and got a negative result. I’ve had a rash similar to the hiv rash appear on my chest and has also extended to my limbs which has lasted for two months. There was no fever before this rash can a rash that is related to hiv happen without a fever. also I have muscle twitching for months and I also have salivary ducts lumps in my mouth on the cheeks gums which have been there for months is this due to hiv. I never had these problems before unprotected sex. Have you ever had anyone use your test at 12 weeks and received a false negative result?  I am worrried cause it has to be connected in some way. Also – if I was infected with hiv 2 couldn’t this cause a delayed time in testing positive?

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Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 27th October 2020

Hi Scared01, "Approximately 1%–10% of patients with HIV infection have been reported to have salivary gland enlargement." This is not a common symptom of HIV and alone I would not put this down to HIV infection, especially as you are now experiencing them up to 7 months after a potential exposure. Seroconversion is the period when most people experience symptoms at around 1-4 weeks after initial infection. During this period the most common symptoms experienced are usually fever, headache, fatigue, muscle weakness and pain. Kindest regards, Becky

 Used on 25th October 2020

What about the salivary duct swelling? As I have lumps in mouth for nearly 7 months where the paranoid gland is. i know that this is repeated to hiv and thank you for clearing up the other points and the twitches for months especially the foot. I am just so anxious now.

Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 20th October 2020

Hi Scared01, If you have tested negative after 84 days then your negative result is reliable and conclusive. Flu-like symptoms are most commonly associated with HIV infection. Chest rashes are a symptom of HIV but only around 1/3 of people with HIV experience rashes on the chest. I believe that the symptoms you are experiencing are not related to HIV, since you have tested negative outside of the window period. False negative results most commonly occur when users test inside of the window period. HIV-2 infection cannot delay antibody production - our test detects both HIV-1 and HIV-2. I hope this helps, if you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them below. Thank you. Becky

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