|Negative but scary symptoms, please answer this time
Mar 23, 2013
I am a gay male who had unprotected anal sex with another man whose HIV status is unknown.
I developed all the classic ARS symptoms starting 3 weeks after the exposure. My symptoms included loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, maculopapular rash on my upper arms and stomach, oral lesions, white gums, and thrush. The flu-like symptoms lasted about a week; however, the white gums, thrush, and rash are still present over 5 months later.
I had negative PCR DNA tests at 23 and 145 days, and negative EIAs at 14, 66, 86, 121, and 145 days.
Due to condition and the nature of my symptoms should I continue testing or can I consider myself negative? The chronic oral thush and rash on my upper arms have me concerned. The oral thrush and rash look like classic HIV.
I appreciate your answer.
| Response from Dr. Wohl
This question has been answered many many times on this forum. To be clear, HIV testing for virus and antibody that are repeatedly negative will get a response that infection is not present no matter your symptoms.
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