[Question #5929] Scared from hiv

19 months ago
Hello, Doctors Before I had sex with a female sex worker from Africa using condoms and the practice was oral and vaginal sex and I was afraid that she is infected with HIV so I opened the Internet and read about HIV  It made me more afraid So I made several analyzes as follows:
HIF 1 PCR after 7,11,23,37 day and they came back negative and 4th generation test after 44 days and it came back negative.
So I should  be worried about my status and what is the window period for HIV 2 test because it is more in Africa so what I should do for HIV 2 for  Confirmed result .
My next question is /I have all HIV symptoms but my test is negative so i should worried about the symptoms 

My next question is / Do anti-bio and allergy pills Affect the analysis
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
19 months ago
Welcome. Thanks for your confidence in our services.

Even if your partner had HIV, use of condoms for vaginal sex is highly protective; and oral sex is risk free with or without a condom. Therefore, you did not need testing -- your risk was too low. And having decided to be tested, you have gone about it the wrong way. You really didn't need PCR testing at all. Your single AgAb test at 44 days was conclusive for both HIV1 and HIV2, proving you have neither virus. (The PCR tests were valid only for HIV1 -- and most of those were a waste of money. A single PCR at 14-21 days would have been sufficient to be sure about HIV1.) 

Don't worry about whatever symptoms you have had. Even the most typical HIV symptoms usually are caused by other things. Most important, it is not possible to hvae HIV stymptoms with negative blood tests. That is, your blood test results overrule everything else:  no matter how high the risk of HIV at the time, and no matter how typical your symptoms, the test results are valid and prove you don't have it. There are no medications or medical problems that have any effect on HIV test results, including antibiotics and allergy treatments.

So all is well. Don't have any more tests. If you have a regular partner, you can safely continue or resume unprotected sex without putting that person at risk.

I hope this infromation is helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD


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19 months ago
Thank you very much for your response, but I am still a little worried about HIV 2 because I have read that the virus takes longer than HIV 1 to evolve .My question is whether it is possible to change the result of the test in the future to positive and what is the longest period to detect HIV 2 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
19 months ago
HIV2 can take longer to progress to overt AIDS, but no longer than HIV to develop positive blood tests. The longest period to detect HIV2 is 6 weeks, and you've done that. All is well -- time to stop worrying about it!---
19 months ago
Thank you very much I think I will stop thinking about it and go ahead with my life
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
19 months ago
I'm glad to have helped! Thanks for the thanks.---