|What are the Chances?
Jul 13, 2006
I had a potentially very risky sexual encounter earlier this year with a person of unknown HIV status (they later claimed to be negative but had not tested for a "few years").
I got symptoms of a viral-like illness with swollen glands, etc. starting a few weeks later.
I have tested out to 5 months (20 weeks). At 20 weeks I had another (had several earlier)negative Elisa and a negative proviral pcr DNA test. I have tested negative with antibody tests at 7, 11, 17 and 20 weeks.
What are the chances of me ultimately being positive given I have tested negative with these tests at 20 weeks? Note, I have had no sexual relations since this troubling event in February although I still don't feel right (I was diagnosed with an active EBV infection early on).
Thanks you in advance for your opinion on this,
Response from Dr. Conway
The current PCR and antibody tests are extremely reliable. At this stage, I would consider that HIV infection has been effectively ruled out, and you should move on. I would advise you to also get tested for syphilis if you have not yet done so.
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