[Question #2719] Follow up - [Question #2628] Worried about HIV, condom broke, please help for me

42 months ago
Anyway I live in Florida and was not able to go to  a lab due to the hurricane. 

I have been freaking out you know from all my other posts. The only symptoms I have had for 7.9 weeks is fatigue and sore throats. I bought  a  thermometer and check it reguarly and am always checking my lymph nodes.

Well today I feel like I am coming down with the flu, it is 8 weeks post exposure today. Dont know if I have fever but my whole body feels achy and I am completely exhausted.

I did take another Oraquick home test at 7 and 4 days (53 days since exposure), and it was negative.

Sorry for asking so many of the same questions but just need some reassurance.

Have you ever seen an almost 8 week test negative then positive at the 12 weeks?Can ARS symptoms start at 8 weeks? 

Just so desperate for answers til I can do my lab tests.

Thanks again for the mental help.



H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
42 months ago
Welcome back to the forum, but sorry to see you found it necessary.

If you will carefully re-read your previous thread, you should understand there is almost no chance you caught HIV.

It can take up to 3 months for the Oraquick home test to become positive. However, among people with symptoms due to a new HIV infection, the HIV test is always positive. Therefore, your most recent negative test shows HIV is not a possible cause of your symptoms. Also, 8 weeks is much to late for onset of ARS symptoms. And no, I have never seen anywone whose test for HIV (no matter what kind of test) was negative at 8 weeks later become positive.

You don't have HIV. Really, believe it and move on. Have a final test at 3 months if you would like still more reassurance.

HHH, MD
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42 months ago
Well Dr. Handsfield,

I took a 4th generation HIV test at 9.5 weeks, and it was negative. I am hoping this is conclusive, thanks for all the advice you have given.

What do you think after this test?

Thanks in advance.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
42 months ago
As we have discussed, the Ag-Ab (4th generation) HIV tests are conclusive any time 6 weeks or more after the last possible exposure. You don't need any more testing.

Thanks for the thanks about our services. However, please do note the forum policy about repeated quetions on the same exposure, testing, etc. This will have to be your last, OK?

Best wishes and stay safe.
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