|please help im petrified. does my 6 week hiv test become invalid...
Apr 29, 2012
Hi thank you so much for your help. I'm worried because on January 2nd this year I slept with a guy who had been with many women, and had just got back from Thailand where he had unprotected sex with a sex worker. I didn't use protection. Maybe I should mention I'm 21 and female. Well we continued to have sex until about 7 weeks ago, but also did unprotected anal. I got tested in February, 6 weeks after our first encounter, and was hiv negative. It was a blood test. However I'm worried I might have contacted hiv after the first time, meaning my first test would be invalid. My symptoms are aches all over my body for a week (just last week) a sore throat which lasted 1 day, a tiny mouth ulcer which went in a day, and insect bite style rashes on my bum which I got a few days after our first sex, and lasted for a month. I have also noticed one or two pinks dots on my stomach and had itchy palms, but I should note I'm very paranoid. However I feel fine apart from being anxious. I guess my question is, what are the chances I have hiv, and does this sound like hiv? Thank you so much and sorry this is so long
| Response from Ms. Southall
Hi The guidelines for testing are to be initially tested at 3 week post the last exposure then again at 3 months. From what you have described you need to get another test to ensure your status.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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