Talking about home testing for HIV

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I don’t know what to do

I got tested 2 week after possible exposure and it was negative and then I started to get cold symptoms at 8 weeks , but my mother thinks this is just hayfever symptoms because everyone else has it and when I’m blowing my nose it’s completely clear , this was until the 9 week Friday morning I woke up after work Thursday with pain in my lower back and my shoulders and neck are sore , I have no swollen glands or anything other possible symptoms apart from muscle aches and a common cold/hayfever yesterday (Tuesday) it would’ve made it 10 weeks and I got a biosure test and it was negative I’m making my self worst with stressing I haven’t been out , enjoying my self , sitting crying everyday I’ll go to the clinic today but I was just looking for some advice about how the tests work here

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Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 31st July 2019

Hi SADBOY123, I would like to start by saying you have done the right thing by getting tested and that HIV is now a treatable condition as long as you know your status. 2 weeks would be too early to detect HIV with any test due to the way the virus works. The BioSure HIV self test looks for antibodies to the virus therefore if the individuals body has produced these due to infection then our test would detect these. Our test is deemed conclusive at 12 weeks post exposure so I would recommend visiting a GUM clinic to put your mind at rest as their test will look for antigens as well as antibodies. I will finish by saying that the symptoms you have described could be due to a number of different things - stress and worry are the most likely cause. I hope this has helped your understanding but please don's hesitate to contact me further. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

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