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Question about negative result

Hi there, first of all I would like to thank you for this test! I have severe health anxiety and waiting for clinic results after a HIV test riddles me with disabling fear and I suffer from panic attacks.

My last exposure was 8 weeks ago (this week being the 8th week). I had protected anal sex with someone who claimed they were HIV negative. The condom remained intact the entire time and I even after I had came, the semen was still inside the condom.

2 weeks later I ended up with cold symptoms such as a mild soreness in my throat, a headache that lasted two days but this only seemed to get worse at night when the heating was on and the air was dry. I also woke up with a bit of a sweat three nights in a row This cleared up within 4 days and I felt fine after.

I was worried this was due to hiv seroconversion and panicked.

3 and a half weeks later, I wake up and could feel a sore throat coming on. This subsided within a week but I was having post-nasal drip and a dry cough at the same time. I was also waking up sweating but for 4 days nights straight. These sweats weren’t terrible. My t-shirt felt damp but I feel this was most likely due to me being trapped under my blanket and the heating being on.

For the last three days, I’ve been worrying myself sick and have been having panic attacks.

I tested using biosure today and the result was negative at 8 weeks. Just bare in mind it is cold and flu season. The fact that my symptoms started 2 weeks later is what’s making me worry. I just want to know that if these symptoms were due to seroconversion, would the test have detected antibodies by now?

6 Responses

Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 07th December 2018

Hi Isaac, if it was the p24 antigen and antibody test then this would be a conclusive result at 4 weeks post possible exposure. This is due to the test detecting the antigens present as well as the antibodies. I hope this helps your understanding. Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

 Used on 06th December 2018

Hi again, blood was taken from my vein and was sent to a lab. I asked the nurse what generation the test was and she said it was a fourth generation test. I’m assuming it’s the p24 antigen / antibody test?

Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 06th December 2018

Hi Isaac, yes 4th generation are usually conclusive 4 weeks after potential exposure, however without knowing the exact test I could not give a definite answer. I hope this helps put your mind at rest. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

 Used on 05th December 2018

Hi Francesca, thanks for your reply. The results came back from my 4th generation lab test at the clinic and it’s negative. Negative at 8 weeks with 4th gen after “symptoms”. I’m assuming this is conclusive?

Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 04th December 2018

Hi ISAAC, firstly I would like to apologise for the delay in replying, we have had some technical issues. The symptoms you are describing are much more likely to be due to something other than HIV. A negative BioSure HIV self test can only be relied on 12 weeks post possible exposure due to people producing antibodies at different rates. You have done the right thing by getting tested and if your result is positive then you will be put on effective treatment (sometimes just one tablet a day) and you will live a normal, healthy life. It's not the end, it's just the beginning. I hope this helps and thank you for choosing BioSure. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

 Used on 02nd December 2018

I got a full STI screening at the local GUM clinic and I am petrified! I’ve had two negative BioSure results at 7 and 8 weeks (yes I’m THAT scared that I’m testing just days apart!). I’m praying that the result is negative otherwise this will probably be the end of it for me.

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