Tested HIV neg at 5 months but experiencing multiple HIV symptoms
Please help...last exposure was with old GF 5 months ago. Started having ARS symptoms 4 months after last exposure and they have contiued to today (past the 5 month point of last exposure). Took OralQuick Rapid HIV 1 & 2 test at 5 months. It was negative result. Do you know of cases of folks seroconverting after 3 months. I am worrying myself into being committed.
Hi there and thank you for your question,
Was the Rapid test you took done at a clinic, hospital or by a health care provider? If so, a negative test result at 5 months is considered conclusive and definite. The international standard for testing is that any test done at or 3 months post exposure is conclusive and no further testing is not required after this point. ARS symptoms can develop in some people 2 -6 weeks after infection, however, these symptoms can mirror many other viral infections and are not a good indicator of HIV transmission as they do not occur in everybody. In addition, they are not chronic but typically clear up in a week or so. If you are still experiencing fever-like symptoms, I would suggest seeing visiting your doctor or healthcare professional to determine that cause of the symptoms.
The only cases where HIV testing would be necessary for a specific individual after 3 months are those who have a properly diagnosed compromised/weak immune system. Sometimes the antibodies take longer to develop in these individuals than normal people but unless this were the situation, you do not have to worry about seroconversion being an issue.I hope this answers your questions, please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.
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