Talking about home testing for HIV

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Worried Guy 2



Nervous wreck need advice

Had unprotected sex with a man beginning of June and was going out of my mind with worry thinking I had HIV although I had no symptoms apart from severe anxiety which led me to believe I had symptoms!

Anyway I took the biosure test end of September and it was negative, much to my delight! Anyway I had sex with my girlfriend beginning of October and now she is feeling unwell and I’m worried sick that I’ve got HIV again and infected her. I am petrified!

Is it possible that the test was wrong? Could it be that I’m one of the 0.3% that could be wrong. Feel like I’m going to have a heart attack!

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Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 16th November 2017

Hi Worried Guy 2 Thanks for getting in touch and sorry it has taken while to reply. There is the always a very small chance that you might be one of the people who get a false negative result. For an otherwise healthy male testing more than 12 weeks post possible infection the chances are much lower, in fact less than 1:1,000. Also, the chances of you passing it on through vaginal sex are about the same. Assuming you had sex more than once, the overall the chances of the test being wrong and you then, inadvertently, passing it on are probably 1:100,000. And this is all on the basis that you are HIV positive. Only about half of people infected with HIV get these symptoms. At this time of year about half of all people get symptoms like this from the flu or the common cold. So it's about 1,000 times more likely that your girlfriend has something other than HIV. My advice is to accept your negative HIV test for what it is and not worry about your or your girlfriends HIV status. I'm sorry that I can't give you an absolutely positive answer, but as I said the chances a very very low indeed. I really hope that this helps and if you want to discuss please don't hesitate to contact me again. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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