Talking about home testing for HIV

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I believe I have hiv

Desperately need your help. I had a high risk exposure. 5 days later I fell sick, stomach cramps, cough, fever, really bad case of nausea, uncomfortable pain all over my body that seemed to be moving along with green solid bowel movements. Dr gave me something to treat my stomach problem which worked. At 35 days I found myself back at the dr as I have been still suffering in immense pain in my muscle legs, joints, neck, shocks traveling through my body and constant nausea that didn’t want to go away. He did a hiv1/2ab +p24 Ag test and a blood count test that came back negative from the labs (35days). Saying I have nothing to worry about as it would have picked up. At 6weeks I’m at the day hospital, they did a full sti test including and hiv antibody test, all came back negative. They gave me antibiotics which got rid of the nausea and I started to feel energized again. I did a rapid government finger prick test (2nd Gen toyo test) at 9 and 11 weeks and a BIOSURE test at 90days. All are negative. The person I was exposed too also did the government rapid test that came back negative at 7weeks and again at 90days. Here lies my fear. Based on what I read from Biosure, can I rule out HIV completely or do I need to test again as some dr’s and hiv counsellors are telling me it can take up to 6months for antibodies to show up and I need to retest again in another 3months. Also I have been with my wife, she fell sick 2weeks after we were intimate. Slight fever, Diarrhea, stomach cramps, headaches and a really bad itchy rash that appeared all over her body that lasted more than 2weeks. My 1 year old is breastfeeding and developed a cough, followed by strange pimples appearing on his body as well as a bad rash. He landed in hospital twice for infections as they couldn’t pinpoint the cause of it. Its day 98 and I’m still in immense pain in the legs and feeling very lame (difficulty to walk) for the last 3weeks. I’m really worried about my wife and child as I think its hiv and I wouldn’t know how to live knowing im the cause of this. Please advise as waiting another 3months would be utter torture.

7 Responses

Becky Smith, BioSURE UK LTD
 Work on 13th January 2020

Hi Kayode, If your possible exposure was less than 12 weeks ago then you would have to retest. So from the time that you may have been exposed you would have to wait until the 12 weeks to get a conclusive result. The wait can be anxious however, you can visit a GUM clinic to get tested sooner if you are too anxious to wait. I hope this helps. Kindest regards, Becky, BioSURE UK LTD

 Used on 11th January 2020

So Becky , are you  telling me that my result isn’t factual that it’s negative ? And that I have to wait another 12 weeks to be certain if I’m actually negative ?

Becky Smith, BioSURE UK LTD
 Work on 10th January 2020

Hi Simon, Thank you for your feedback. Google is definitely not the best for self-diagnosis - it only makes things worse! Sometimes it takes a bit of time and acceptance but it is so good to hear that you are able to overcome this and hopefully be a stronger person. Our tests are one of a kind and do truly make a difference when it comes to being able to test where and when you want without affecting the reliability of your result. Thank you for your kind words. We at BioSure are very proud to work in this sector of health care and it is always rewarding to hear customer's feedback. Kindest regards, Becky, BioSURE UK LTD.

Becky Smith, BioSURE UK LTD
 Work on 10th January 2020

Hi Kayode, Our test has a 12 week window period. A negative result can only be considered conclusive if you have tested outside of this window period. However, you can test at anytime - 4 weeks, 6 weeks for a result but you would always need to retest after 12 weeks for a conclusive result. Kindest regards, Becky, BioSURE UK LTD

 Used on 09th January 2020

Please trust your Biosure tests. I went through 3 years of hell with every symptom you can imaging (white tongue, night sweats, pains and strains, rashes, etc, etc). Things snowballed by Googeling all day long. I had 5 tests but refused to believe them for ages, I even tried to commit suicide! By taking the tests and the reassurance given through the Biosure PEBL feedback, Gary Carpenter even took time to email personally with reassurance (thanks Gary you will never know just how much I owe my life to your kind support). Together with support of my GP this helped me believe the results and thinks started getting better and better with each symptom disappearing. Please believe the tests, good luck and thanks to biosure and Gary in particularly.

 Used on 08th January 2020

Hi , I did one test and it came back negative , I Just wanted to ask that this is 1000% true or should I go to a clinic and get tested again ?

Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Used on 16th December 2019

Hi HivScared, given the number of tests you have performed I would conclude that your status is negative. I am unable to comment on the other tests accuracy (however you have been told by health care professionals) but the BioSure HIV self test is conclusive 12 weeks post exposure. If your symptoms were a cause of HIV then you would have received a positive test line 7 days after these had started. The symptoms are most likely to be caused by stress, anxiety and guilt. I would recommend visiting your GP to get your symptoms checked to rule out anything else however it is not HIV. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

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