[Question #7041] HIV question

10 months ago
Hi Doctors,

I hope you are doing good during these difficult times and thanks in advance for your help.

I had protected sex with someone a year ago have been thinking about it since then.
I had multiple HIV4th gen and RNA tests over the year at 3,6,9,11 months and all came back negative.

is there any chance for these tests not to detect HIV if I am infected and also is there a chance for someone to get HIV and automatically get cured or viral count to stay at very low undetectable levels? 

Also is it possible to get infected and transmit to someone and then later viral count to become very low to be detectable by tests. Sorry if these questions doesn't make sense, My mind is acting crazy and coming up with weird scenarios.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
10 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  Thanks for your question.  Even without testing your risk for HIV was minuscule.  Most people do not have HIV and condom protected sex is safe sex.  Since then your testing more than proves that you were not infected.  Most experts consider RNA tests to be conclusive after 11 days and 4th generation tests are conclusive 6 weeks following exposure.  You have had multiple negative tests well beyond the time when test results are conclusive.  You can be100% confident that you did not acquire HIV from the exposure you describe.  There is no need for further testing.

I hope that this information is helpful.  Please don’t worry.  EWH 
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10 months ago
Thank you for the response Dr.Hook. 

Based on what you said am 100% negative and no chance of having HIV since my 4th gen and RNA tests were negative at 3/6/9 and 11 months post incident. Sorry for repeating it


Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
10 months ago
Correct.  The results are clear.  You were not infected by the encounter you described.  EWH---