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One High Risk Event, Two OraQuicks, Both Negative

Feb 24, 2014


Thanks in advance for any answers I may receive. Short and to the point. About 5-6 months ago I had unprotected sex with a woman I met randomly. A few months later I had two swollen lymph nodes in my neck for quite a while, I experienced headaches and cold symtoms(which were in winter months admittedly, but I never get sick). I took two Ora-Quick tests exactly as recommended and instructions followed closely and got two negative results back. Someone I had sex with after that person had blood tests done and came back negative for STD's. I am fairly confident that I do not have HIV, but I am starting to develop nagging illnesses such as ear infections, sinus infections, headaches, coughs, and my lymph nodes still frequently flare up. Should I be concerned about HIV?

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there It would depend how soon after your unprotected sex event you took the HIV tests to determine how conclusive the negative results are. Current antibody tests can pick up HIV infection earlier than prior tests and by 90 days practically all (>97%) infections are detected by antibody testing alone the remainder turn positive by 180 days. Therefore, a negative HIV antibody test after 90 days means that infection was highly unlikely and a test that is negative at 180 days or beyond is considered conclusive for the absence of HIV infection. Take care DR W

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