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 / www.test.hiv . 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.