[Question #4650] #4528 concerns

26 months ago
Last month I asked question about the Alere determine  rapid test.  I stated that I took it 3 times
73,87 and 103 days after exposure.  I did mention about my sore throat which lasted for weeks but I forgot  to include that my tongue has white paste at the back and  my tongue is red at the tip. Could this be something  to worry about(oral thrush)  I also saw that in one question  Dr.handsfield told the people use lab test not rapid  Determine  test when being 100%  accurate. I know in the past this rapid test was not effective for Antigens.  Has this problem been resolved? Is there any reason to test at 6 months  and just to be sure is it correct if you have  ARS symptoms  for more then a week your body produces antbodies  that will show up on the test as postive.Thank you
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
26 months ago
Welcome back to the Forum.  On this occasion I will be answering your question.  I have reviewed your earlier interaction with Dr. Handsfield however and agree with all that he said, including that your results were conclusive and that there was no need for further testing.  When persons have symptoms for which there is an association with HIV, if the HIV test is negative, that should be considered proof that HIV has not caused that problem. Thus

1.  with a sore throat, if the HIV test is negative at the time or afterwards, the sore throat is not related to HIV.
2. With a "white paste" at the back of your throat and a red tip of the tongue- your negative HIV tests again prove that  these problems are not related to HIV.

In other words, when symptoms and an HIV test disagree, the test is always correct.  

You can be entirely confident in your results.  if you have HIV you would have had antibodies to HIV by the time that your symptoms occurs.  Believe your test results.  There is no medical reason for further testing related to your encounter over three months ago.   EWH
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26 months ago
Thank you for your quick response  Dr.Hook. My other question was Dr.handsfield did mention  to someone  on question  2463 to use lab test for 100% accuracy  not rapid test like aleree  determine . I did use alere rapid  test three times, that's why I I'm worried about my results. Is there any reason  to test at 6 months?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
26 months ago
At six months and after three tests, there is no reason for further testing related to your exposure of concern.  EWH---
26 months ago
Are you telling me to test at six months or is 103 days after exposure  conclusive?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
26 months ago
Sigh- both are conclusive.  Believe the results.

This completes this thread which will now be closed. Further repetitive or anxiety-driven questions may be deleted without a response and without a return of the posting fee.  EWH
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26 months ago
Ok thank you Dr.Hook for your help.