Are my tests conclusive ? Please help
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It is important to first note that receiving oral sex is considered a negligible risk activity. Additionally, our saliva actually contains enzymes which kill the virus. In order to contract HIV, the virus needs a fluid, activity, and direct access to the bloodstream.
In your case, there was a negligible risk activity, and no direct access to the bloodstream.
I will answer your questions below:
1) Your body starts making antibodies to any virus directly after infection. Thus, if you had been infected with HIV during that first encounter, your body would have already started making antibodies to fight the virus. Laser treatment does not affect antibody production. Based on your timeline it seems like you received laser treatment anywhere after 1 week post-exposure. Thus, your body would have already started producing antibodies. Additionally, you have been tested from 3-6 months post-exposure, during which time you would have built up more than enough antibodies to be detected in the ELISA test.
2) Shingles is not necessarily a symptom of HIV infection. It is part of the Herpes family and can be brought on by a variety of factors. I would highly recommend you discuss this with your Health Care Professional, so that it may be addressed.
3) The PCR DNA and RNA tests detect the genetic material of HIV itself. In this process, the genetic material of HIV is extracted and amplified, and detected – should HIV exist in your blood. While both these tests are highly accurate (99.9%), they are only available for screening of HIV+ babies or organ donors, in Vancouver. Both tests are accurate and results considered conclusive after 3 months.
The World Health Organization and International Guidelines on HIV testing consider test results accurate after 3 months. Thus, the fact that you have had a variety of tests in a large time frame, all with negative results indicate that you are not HIV positive, and these results are conclusive. Your symptoms may be due to another illness, thus it is best to work with a medical practitioner and have them diagnosed.
We recommend that anyone engaging in sexual activity go for regular STI check ups, to protect themselves and their partners.
I do hope that I have addressed your concerns. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us again.
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