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Tests negative - but still got symptoms

I cheated on my pregnant wife with another man almost 7 months ago. Since then I have had all the symptoms of HIV but continue to test Negative for HIV My last test was over 5 months after I cheated on her. However I am worried because she has been having similar symptoms to me. Plus after I cheated on her we had sex and I am worried about my baby too because he is almost 6 months old now and always seems to sick with chest infections and runny and blocked nose and gets rashes all the time on his joints.
I have been told that my HIV and Syphillis tests are conclusive at past 5 months. But I am worried because of my own ongoing symptoms as well as my wife and baby.
Is there anything that could be giving me false negative results I have had a few tests now at GUM clinics that are negative. I have also been tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea that come back clear too.

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 None on 17th May 2018

After 7 month a negative test is conclusive all those test would not be false negatives -  your symptoms are probably caused by stress because you are worrying so much

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 17th May 2018

Hi AnoymousM Thanks for getting in touch. Sometimes a negative test result can be more difficult to accept than a positive test result. Symptoms for HIV are completely non-specific as they are associated with an antibody response so are very similar to many other viral infections. The good thing about having had symptoms is that if they were due to HIV this means that 2 weeks after the onset of symptoms, then you must have detectable levels of antibodies to HIV in your system. Standard tests will all pick up these antibodies. So in your case the negative results will be reliable and conclusive. Many young babies suffer from viral infections and you are probably looking for the anything that you can describe as a symptom of HIV. On the basis of the history given, I am sure that you can discount HIV as their cause. If you do choose to put yourself at risk of HIV infection in the future, you really do have to consider the impact on your other partners, as this is your responsibility. Condom use during intercourse (even with your wife) is an excellent method of protecting your sexual partners against transmission of HIV and other STI’s. I hope that this helps. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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