Talking about home testing for HIV

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I really don’t know what to do

Hi. I had drunken unprotected sex with a guy a year ago, 1 months after, I tested positive for chlamidya but never tested for HIV. Never had any symptoms. Believe it or not, it was a Coronation Street storyline that sparked my fears, after a boy discovered he’d been HIV positive for 2 years without knowing. Just as a precaution, I decided to order a HIV self test from a company called Preventex / . Bare in mind I had never experienced any symptoms until this point. I took the test and within 5 days of taking the test, I became severely unwell: sore throat, swollen glands, persistent nausea, oral thrush, blotchy rash all over my chest- EVERY SINGLE SYMPTOM OF HIV. I returned the test and it came back inconclusive as I did not provide enough blood. I am now completely convinced that the safety lancet I used to prick my finger, has infected me with HIV. 13 days after taking the test, I went to a clinic and got tested, it came back negative but obviously that was a completely unreliable result as it hadn’t even been 2 weeks. I’ve just ordered a Biosure self test, which is due to arrive today – it has been 5 weeks and 5 days since potential exposure and although it is very unlikely based on my worsening symptoms, but I wondered if someone could tell me how reliable a negative result would be at this stage? Also, I know it sounds completely insane to suggest that a safety lancet could have infected me, but on the box it says ‘please return any unused parts of the test so they can be reused’. My anxiety is at an all time high, I’m in agony with a sore throat and have eaten nothing but soup for the almost 6 weeks due to loss of appetite. Some advice would be greatly appreciated, I really don’t know what to do.

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 Used on 24th December 2017

Hi Jess
  • hope your Biosure test gave reassurance. I experienced the same symptoms and anxiety as you but found rest after my negative tests. And help from my GP to find the real causes (extreme anxiety) helped me through.hope you also managed to get on top of your fears. happy xmas

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 19th December 2017

Hi Jess0980 Thanks for getting in touch and I understand your fears and anxiety. I will try to do my best to reassure you. I cannot completely vouch for Preventex, but I would be very confident that the lancet would not have been re-used. Most are not even reusable. Once used the internal mechanism is broken and they will not fire again. However, don't know why they would want to recycle anything from the test. Just to make sure, the BioSURE HIV Self Test is NOT suitable for recycling. It is not considered to be clinical waste so can just be put in with your household waste. Again it is difficult for me to draw conclusions about the other tests you have had, but I can give you some assurance about the BioSURE HIV Self Test that you have ordered. As you have had symptoms this means that if your symptoms were due to HIV infection you would have the antibodies that the test looks for. If the symptoms started at least 2 weeks ago, a negative BioSURE HIV Self Test would be reliable now. At 6 weeks post exposure around 95% of people will have made antibodies in any case even without the symptoms. I hope that this helps but if you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me again. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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