False HIV Negative?
Jan 8, 2012
I am a 29 year old male from India. I have masturbated each other with another male. I am suffering from Acne vulgaris and currently under treatment. Treatment began before the last sexual activity. Can the drugs used for treating acne vulgaris (tretinoin microsphere gel(topical), clindamycin phosphate gel usp(topical), Voveran etc) cause False Negative results for HIV rapid tests?
I tested for HIV after 6 months and 9 days after the possible exposure. I had a moderate fever for 3 days during this period after 2 months of the possible exposure. I was tested as HIV Negative. It was a rapid test. I got the result after 30 minutes.
I am experiencing dry lips and I am also experiencing something that we feel after a heavy fever, a kind of tastelessness, what we call an unusual kind of feeling in mouth. I am experiencing this for quite a few weeks.
Are those side effects of the tretinoin gel. I have discontinued the use of that drug for more than 2 to 3 months. But I still feel those stuff I told you before. Before discontinuing those drugs I had a kind of slight peeling skin aroud my ass and it caused a slight pain while I washed my ass with soaps. Now its fine.
I never had any oral sex or hard gay sex. I have only masturbated with some one else. Hugged each other while being naked. I pressed my erect penis(fore skin pulled back position) against his Ass. Never inserted. I have also never allowed anyone to insert his penis into my ass. Never allowed anyone to suck my penis.
The guy at the HIV Test centre told me that there is no need to worry. The test can't be a false negative after 6 months.
Or could it be some other STD. I dont have any other problems than these. No discharge through penis or anything abnormal during urination or pubic region.
My doctor said there wont be any side effects like that (May be because I asked him to give me some drugs that have no side effects and at that time I had a serious case of acne vulgaris)
Please help me. Do I need to worry about HIV? Is tretinoin is same as accutane?
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi, I agree with your doctor that after 6 months unless there has been any other type of exposure that time you are HIV negative.The standards for rapid HIV tests, whether oral swab or blood are very accurate at 28 days, and conclusive at 90. However, when someone has had a known exposure to someone with HIV, you could perform a six month test, just to be extra cautious.
I looked up the gel, Tretinoin Cream that you are using and go to the web site below that I have inserted as many of the side effects listed are what you have asked about.
In kindness, Shannon Tretinoin Cream
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