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I had unprotected sex about year ago

I had unprotected sex about year ago. I did your test because I found some symptoms as short breeding, white thounge. Result came as tiny pink-purple line and was negative. Can I rely on the result ? Maybe I am panic but I feel still some symptoms ?

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Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 21st September 2017

Hi Andy77 The problem with the symptoms associated with HIV is that they are absolutely not specific to HIV. The same symptoms are experienced by most people at least once a year. The thing is that if you had these symptoms and they were due to HIV infection then I guarantee that at least one of the tests would have been positive. The symptoms associated with early HIV infection are part of the process of antibody creation. The BioSURE HIV Self Test looks for these antibodies. If the antibodies are there the test will detect them. We would recommend that you don't need to test again. If I were you, and knowing what I know, I would absolutely trust the negative HIV test results that you have. However, if you have continuing doubt and cannot accept my recommendations your only route to full resolution would be to visit a sexual health clinic. Again I am absolutely certain that they will come back with the same negative result. I completely understand that some people need to have confirmation from a health care professional. Please let me know what you decide and you get on. All the very best Gary

 Used on 21st September 2017

Hello again. I know you probally have many questions like mine. I really want to trust in my negative result. I have some symptoms and I found it would be HIV/AIDS symptoms. I know also that is possible it would be symptoms other infections, but becouse of my stupid exposure I still think, that I have HIV/AIDS. Some articles about HIV tells it would come to AIDS even 2 years potential exposure. So in my 2 negative BioSURE self tests and some symptoms do you think I should test in clinic ?

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 12th August 2017

Hi Andy77 Thanks for getting in touch again. I can assure you that two negative tests, taken a month apart and both so long after the possible exposure, will not both be wrong. You should rely on your negative test results. You really don't need a clinic test. I hope that this answers your question and has provided the reassurance that you require. Kindest Gary

 Used on 11th August 2017

Despite your recomendation I did 2'nd Biosure hiv self test. Result still negative. Is it possible after two tests I will get diferent result in clinc test ?

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 25th July 2017

Hi Andy You can rely on the negative result of your BioSURE HIV Self Test. We would not recommend that you need to test again. I hope that this answers your question. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Ltd

 Used on 25th July 2017

So in that case can I rely on test result or you will recomend clinic test?

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 24th July 2017

Hi Andy77 Sorry for not clarifying previously. A white tongue coating is not an established symptom of early HIV infection. Most people that experience acute HIV illness, also sometimes referred to as seroconversion illness, suffer flu-like symptoms. Many have a rash on their torso. A high proportion of people experience no symptoms. I hope that this answers your question. Kind regards Gary

 Used on 22nd July 2017

I read somewhere that white tongue and throat soar are possible hiv symptomps. So is it true or not ?

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 17th July 2017

Hi Andy Thanks for getting in touch with us. After the window period has elapsed (which is the period in which HIV infection cannot be detected by a class of test devices, in this case 3 months) a negative result from a BioSURE HIV Self Test is very accurate, greater than 999 times in every 1,000 negative results. You should consider your HIV status to be negative. The symptoms you describe are not indicative of HIV and the exposure described would have been too soon to have caused any damage to your immune system. I would advise getting the symptoms described checked out by your GP, but you can go to that appointment confident in the knowledge that they are not as a result of an HIV infection. I hope this answers your question. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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