[Question #7763] Testing after pep
5 days ago
Hey doctors, hope you guys are doing great.
I’ve been trying to get more information at local clinics regarding hiv, symptoms, and window periods after pep, I’ve seem to have no luck anywhere.
I’ve asked some questions here before. And have been a little more calm regarding my exposure since talking to you guys.
I told you guys here before that i took pep for 5 days only and I stopped taking it after that.
I tested 6 weeks after those 5 days of pep. At that time I’ve had some unexplained lightheaded and unbalanced issues for maybe 2-3 weeks, (which I currently have). And some pain on both arms around the elbow area.
My question is if those symptoms that I have was cause by hiv or my body fighting hiv, would my test be positive at that time even tho those 5 days of pep?
The test I took was a 5th gen test, I know you have told me that there’s no time frame that benefits the 5th gen test to the 4th gen regarding window period.
The lightheadedness and woozy feeling that I’ve been having have been there now maybe for longer than a month. Can ars symptoms last that long ?
Does the window period start after the last dose of pep ?
Is it common for someone that tested negative at 6 weeks on a 4th generation test after pep to change to positive after testing later in a few weeks.
Regarding my symptoms I did a full blood test of my health and everything came back normal. That’s why I started to worry about hiv again.
Like I said I didn’t plan to ask here again about any problems I was having but it’s very difficult to find someone here local where I’m at to talk to or go in to talk to them. Most places would just tell me to do a rapid hiv test as a recommendation.
Thanks you so much
Edward W. Hook M.D.
5 days ago