Talking about home testing for HIV

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Test Advice please

Firstly apologies for the length of email; I am a male and I had unprotected penetrative sex in mid-December 2018 – I purchased a Bio-Sure kit after 13 weeks and the result came back negative, still worried I then purchased another Bio-Sure kit and on the 5th April I tested negative again.
About 8 weeks ago, I had a sexual encounter that did not involve any penetration, however there was a lot of touching and my fingers penetrated the woman, and I had a slight cut on the side of my finger between the fingernail and the skin, there was also oral which was performed on me. So I have just today; 30th April, (9 weeks since possible exposure) purchased another Bio-Sure kit; the result came back negative.
I have been experiencing symptoms wherein I either have oral thrush or hairy Leukoplakia am not certain which. I have two questions, firstly I appreciate that you are not doctors, but have experience with your product. If I had HIV symptoms (such as I described) would your test show anti-bodies even at 8 to 9 weeks?
Also after reading your pamphlet supplied with the test, it does say that the BioSure tests are not to be taken as an exact statement if the test result comes back negative. Should I on that basis go to an NHS practice and get test done there?
Also what is the possibility of receiving 3 false negatives? I ask this question in reference to the potential exposure of last December.
Finally, my now current partner (we have been together about 8 weeks now) went to an NHS practice and underwent a full sexual health test including HIV and her results came back negative – I am not certain if that has any bearing on the matter
I hope that you can help answer my question or at least point me in the right direction as I am extremely worried
Many thanks

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Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) LTD
 Work on 02nd May 2019

Hi ConcernedUK01, firstly don't ever be sorry for asking for help, I understand this can be a very stressful and anxious time. The test would be accurate about 7 days after the onset of seroconversion symptoms, regardless of the time since infection. The BioSURE HIV Self Test detects your antibodies to HIV as opposed to the virus itself. The early symptoms of HIV seroconversion are caused by the body creating antibodies to the virus. The BioSure HIV self test will give you a conclusive negative result 12 weeks post possible exposure, if you retest using BioSure at 12 weeks there will be no need to go to your GP to confirm a negative result. The chances of getting one false negative is extremely low, 3 is virtually impossible. I hope this helps put your mind at ease however please don't hesitate to contact me further. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

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