chicken pox + hiv

Question

Thank you for reading this,I'm now at the lowest point of my life, I suspect That I have been expose to hiv five months ago.one month after the suspected exposure,i came down with chicken pox which was more serious than normal(6 weeks to recovery) and two months after recovering from chicken pox ,I started having headaches,rashes,fever,pain in armpits,neck groin area,both arms and legs are very weak. All these lasted for a month and is still on going till now(the fever came on and off about every weekly) My question is 1)I had an antibody test at fourth month and it was negative ,however having chicken pox being thrown into the picture,is this test realiable?Again would it be realiable if i take another test six month after the suspected exposure?2)Would the acute symtoms that usually appear weeks after exposure be delayed by chicken pox and appears only after months. 3)Will chicken pox causes an earlier progression to aids? if so,by how much? 4)What is the meaning of seroconversion and how it will affect the res ults of a hiv antibody test. Thanks alot for your time, I will really appriciate it if you could help me on this.(please pardon my english,I'm not really good at this).

Answer

Hi. Thank you for your question.

Having chicken pox will not affect an HIV antibody test. Your present symptoms may have been linked to chicken pox or other causes. Chicken Pox in adults can be especially serious, regardless of whether you have HIV or not. The antibody tests will still be more than 99% accurate 6 months after a possible exposure to the virus. Based on all available data, having chicken pox will not delay the onset of Acute Viral Syndrome, if you were to be infected with HIV. I have found no information showing that getting chicken pox will cause AIDS to progress sooner in persons with HIV. However, in persons with weakened immune systems (due to AIDS or other causes), such persons are much more likely to get chicken pox as adults, and this disease can be much more severe in persons with weakened immune systems. Remember however that HIV does not usually damage the immune system until literally years after infection.

The term "seroconversion" means the time that an infected person starts testing positive on an HIV antibody test. For the most accurate test, one needs to wait 6 months after their last possible exposure. The fact that you got chicken pox should not affect the test. Chicken Pox should not change the symptoms associated with recent HIV infection. For more information about the symptoms of recent HIV infection, see the question, "Symptomatic Stage". Anybody can get chicken pox, and having this disease is NOT an indication of HIV infection. But in those who have weakened immune systems (from AIDS and other causes), chicken pox can be much more severe. If your symptoms are continuing, it's important that you see your physician to determine the cause. You cannot assume at this point that you have HIV, or that your symptoms are HIV related.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).