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What are the Chances?
Jul 13, 2006

Hello Doctor:

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

Dear Will:

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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