Talking about home testing for HIV

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Raven2018

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HIV?

I’ll try to be as detailed as I can. In early December and late December I had protected sex and oral with two sexual workers while I had an open burn wound on my leg from an injury from hot water. About 2 days after the second encounter which was just after New Year’s Day I had fever, body shakes, sore throat, sore eyes, sores in corner of mouth, tight chest , black mucus from nose, redness under nose , spots on chest and back can be itchy and a rash that disappeared and a strange smell from nose. I’ve been tested 2,4,6 weeks through the 4th generation blood test and all have been negative. To date this is 9 weeks post exposure I still have the dryness round the mouth a sore throat which had white stuff on it that cleared, blood and black mucus out of nose, blocked ears, I had dryness round ears that early on caused me pain and dryness but it has improved slightly, the itchy mess around the body can come and go with some random bruises and I have shortness of breath even if I’m just doing light exercise or walking. Also my neck is swollen and I think the saliva glands are swollen. The throat was hoarse for a good 4 weeks or so before clearing and also I’ve had mouth ulcers that come and go. I work as a windscreen Technician, I’m a non smoker, don’t do drugs or anything harmful and I don’t drink alcohol a lot either. Ive also had stomach pains and cramps and diahorea which comes and goes, since the start where I had flu like symptoms which lasted a few weeks. I’ve had gastro tablets, amoxcillian, and crepes for the sores but nothing’s worked. I take vitamins but I don’t think they hamper the test results and the doctors I go to for the tests won’t do no more till 12 weeks and are adamant it’s not HIV and that the tests would of picked it up in the 6 weeks. I guess I’m just looking for answers and what’s chance of a false negative after 6 weeks with these symptoms and what other illness could it be?

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Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 01st March 2018

Hi Raven 2018 Thanks for getting in touch and being so detailed. 4th generation HIV tests are accurate from around 4 weeks. It is virtually impossible that all of these negative results would be wrong. Having said that, a negative BioSURE HIV self test would be conclusive at 12 weeks post exposure. Again the chances of contracting HIV from protected sex are virtually zero. Whilst I understand that you may have had an open sore, your partner would also have needed an open wound in the same area for the virus to pass. So this makes your chances of contracting HIV through this encounter virtually zero. I am not your physician so I will not attempt to diagnose through this email conversation, but what I can can say is that it is not going to be as a consequence of HIV infection. If you want to be sure about HIV I would recommend another test at 12 weeks post exposure. I hope that this helps. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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