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ars symptoms negative RNA and 3 generation antibody test
Oct 15, 2012

Hi! I had unprotected intercourse 12 times with someone of unknown status that I was dating at the time, this was 13 weeks ago today. I experienced ars symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes ( confirmed by doctor), fatigue, low grade fever, sore throat, headache, and rash. All this happened 6 weeks after possible exposure. I have had a 4 week RNA test which was undetectable, 4 week antibody test which was negative, 9 week RNA test which was not detected, 9 week and 11 week 3 generation antibody which was negative. The doctor I have been seeing believes I just had a common virus that is not HIV related, but I'm terribly confused.... I had all these symptoms, but negative tests. Could it be possible that I am HIV positive and the RNA tests didn't pick up infection? Should I test some more? I was thinking about finding somewhere that does a 4th generation test and testing one more time.. If I had the RNA test during the time of ars symptoms would it have been positive? I've had swollen lymph nodes in my neck for 7 weeks now and they have gone down drastically but still present.

Response from Dr. Wohl

There is something else besides HIV going on. I would follow up with your doctor. DW



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