|20 Years of Fear
May 30, 2012
I am a 38 year old woman. My only possible exposures would have been unprotected sex with 3 men at the age of 17. I had a negative test in October 2010, and another less than one month ago (April 2012). I have read on this site that is possible to not have antibodies (test negative) during end stage AIDS. My doctor believes my negative tests are "definitive". Should I have further testing (PCR?)? My doctor offered to send me to an ID specialist because "sometimes someone further up the food chain can convince you". He also advised a therapist- I have an appointment with her next week. Would someone with end stage AIDS have specific symptoms (fever, etc.)
| Response from Ms. Southall
Hi The guidelines for HIV testing are to be initially tested at 3 weeks then again at 3 months, if both of these tests are negative then so are you. You were tested clearly within these guidelines. You are HIV negative. I agree with your doctor!
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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