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symptoms but (-) EIA result
Apr 2, 2001

I had unprotected oral sex 8 months ago.I had some symptoms after 1 months like acute viral syndrome. my symptoms were rash,dierrha,headache,sore throat,fatique. My groin area lymph node were swollen 4 months ago. (only groin area).I have had 4 purpish point for 3 months. One of my shoulder, 3 of my face.I have had very lots of dandruff in my hair for 4 months.I have had night sweat for 10 days. I tested anti-HIV (1-2 )EIA in hospital 1,2,4,5,6,7 months but all of my tests(-) negatif(6 times). 1- How many possibility of hiv after 7 months but some symtoms. ??? Can I say my body didn't produce HIV ANTIBODY?? 2- what can i do?

Response from Dr. Little

It is extremely unlikely that you are HIV infected if you have tested HIV negative for 7 months following a risky exposure and symptoms resembling a viral illness. The vast majority of individuals do seroconvert (become HIV positive) within 6 months of an exposure. The few examples of more delayed seroconversion that I am aware of have been associated with simultaneous exposure to Hepatitis C, the taking of antiretroviral medications (post-exposure prophylaxis) during the 4 weeks after the exposure, and any history to suggest that an individual has an impaired ability to make antibodys (not just to HIV). In the absence of any of these, I suspect that you are truely negative. Though, with a compelling enough (ie risky enough) risk exposure and symptoms, some physicians might advise that you have one final test at 12 months to be even more certain.


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