Talking about home testing for HIV

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Long lasting symptoms

Well, this has been a nightmare for me … in the first week of January 2021 I went to a party with some friends and was really drunk … I had unprotected sexual relations with a woman who has really bad reputation … two weeks after that I had night sweats, then linfoadenopathy, fatigue, etc. I was very sure I had HIV and I got tested in lab (HIV ag ab test) 3 weeks after exposure and then 7 weeks … both negative. Right now, almost 9 months after that I still feel bad, my tongue is white most of the time and I feel fatigue very often, also nausea … I took a Biosure self test three weeks ago and was negative, then I took another one a week after and also negative … Can somebody tell me that it is enough testing?  I can’t handle this situation no more.

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 Used on 07th November 2021

Hi, I'm not a medical professional but I do know that the window period to be confirmed as HIV negative is 12 weeks. This means that if you test more than 12 weeks after a risky encounter any test you do will pick up an HIV infection. The fact you tested 9 months after possible exposure means you can be completely sure you do not have HIV. Antibodies stay in the blood so even after 9 months a test would pick up an infection. Also -  after receiving a negative test after almost 9 months you can be sure that you didn't get HIV from the potential exposure in January. However, if you've had a risky encounter (I. E unprotected sex) in the last 12 weeks you'll need to test again after the 12 weeks are up. Also the symptoms of infection you get 2 to 6 weeks after being infected with HIV (swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, night sweats among others) only last for a few weeks so it would be highly unlikely for you to still have symptoms of HIV after 9 months. The symptoms go away a few weeks after initial infection and HIV becomes latent in the body for years without causing any symptoms. Hope this helps.

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