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Timing of Acute HIV and Sero-Conversion
      #198864 - 07/05/06 10:28 AM

My question relates to timing of possible HIV exposure, Acute HIV and subsequent sero-conversion.
Note I have tested negative with Elia tests out to 19 weeks but I have not been well since 2 weeks after the event feeling tired with off and on with swollen glands. I feel like I've aged 25 years in a few months. What also worries me is my patner has not been himself either and he appears much more tired and listless than usual.

Thanks in advance for any responses. Please only respond if you have some knowledge about this subject. I realize people want to help but answering me with assurances based on kindness is not really what I am looking for. I want to know if the scenario I describe is something that is seen often, or is not likely at all.

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Re: Timing of Acute HIV and Sero-Conversion new
      #198942 - 07/05/06 07:58 PM

I was reading this link today and think that it will help you with your question on seroconversion. I tested at 20 weeks and still have concerns due to symptoms.
http://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/insite?page=ask-01-07-31

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Re: Timing of Acute HIV and Sero-Conversion new
      #198946 - 07/05/06 08:13 PM

Thanks for the link. It seems like a very thorough site. The only problem is that I can't get any of hte answers on the site to the questions to appear. I click on the link and get a blank page. I can see the page with the questions, but just none of the answers. Very frustrating....

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Re: Timing of Acute HIV and Sero-Conversion new
      #198951 - 07/05/06 08:50 PM

What you said is not very clear.

If you tested negative 3 months after your last risky exposure, then you are more than likely negative. However, the literature continues to say that a minority of people do not produce detectable anti-HIV antibodies until up to 6 months after initial infection. So, it would be possible in theory to have it and receive a false negative result up to 6 months post-exposure.

However, no one can tell you what could possibly be wrong with you based on the description you provided. It could be anything. Listlessness and swollen glands could be mononucleosis or any number of illnesses.

HIV cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms. Only a test will tell if it is present in the body or not. If you have doubts about your previous HIV test results or other concerns, your best bet is to see a doctor and let a professional pinpoint the problem. You won't find any concrete answers on the Internet and you are not qualified to self-diagnose.



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Re: Timing of Acute HIV and Sero-Conversion new
      #198952 - 07/05/06 08:53 PM

I was not clear because the original post got cut off when I was typing. The corrected post was sent right after with a similar title.

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