Talking about home testing for HIV

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Worried sick

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Testing at 9 weeks

I had unprotected sex with a man a few times on the same night. 3 weeks later i noticed a rash on my legs, but i had shaved the night before using new shaving gel and bubble bath. i never had a fever but did have joint pain in my wrist but had also been decorating. did a test at 9 weeks came out negitive. awaiting test results fron the local gum clinic as also went there for a full screening. just wanted to know my chances of it staying negitive. the guy i sleep with said he had a test last year because his ex cheated and got the all clear.

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Relieved
 Used on 27th May 2017

Hi, just wanted to reply and say that it sounds very encouraging from what you've said. I was also worried after I had unprotected sex with someone at university many years ago, who had a bit of a reputation. A few weeks later I had flu-like symptoms and convinced myself that I had HIV. Shorty afterwards a rash appeared across the whole of my body. I panicked because it didn't itch. I had started using a new shower gel though. Eventually I managed to put it to the back of my mind, but even 15 years later I still worried a bit as I know the virus can lay dormant for so long. During that time I've also stupidly taken other risks (but not in the last 3 months) and after hearing about this at home test thought it was time to bite the bullet. I did it about an hour ago and it was negative. I hope that helps to give you some peace of mind. #knowyourstatus

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 03rd May 2017

Hi Worried Sick Thanks for contacting us. The symptoms of HIV seroconversion illness are quite varied. One thing that is common to all is a fever. So if you haven't had a fever it is pretty much impossible that the rash was anything to do with HIV infection. Added to that a negative test at 9 weeks will be accurate 96% of the time. I think that you should be extremely encouraged by your negative test results. I am certain that your full STI screen will confirm your negative HIV status. I hope that this answers your question but should you require any additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us again. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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