I had some "risk events" in the last years, meaning sex with prostitutes. I did use a condom almost all the times for vaginal sex, but never for oral sex. My last event was over 5 months ago. I began having some symptoms about one month ago, like sweats, chills and one swollen lymph node in the neck. My normal blood work came out fine and my doctor could not find any reason for my symptoms. Being very scarred I might have got HIV, I finally took the plunge and ordered an Oraquick in home test (I was very scarred and ashamed to go to a lab and take the test). I performed the test, acc. with the instructions and the result was negative (one line in the C and no line in the T). I was very happy and relieved for the moment, but now, one week later, I'm having second thoughts. I am again scarred that I did not perform the test correctly, that I didn't swab well enough or in the correct region, that this is not an accurate test and so on. So please, help me with two questions:
- If I got a line in "C" does it mean that I performed the test correctly and that I can trust the result?
- Do I need to get another test, in a professional lab, or is this enough and I can go on with my life?
Thanks a lot for your help.
Home tests kits are very accurate. Yes as long as there is a line in the C it does mean the test was done correctly.
There are a multitude of reasons why your lymph nodes can be swollen. From allergies to the flu. Lymph nodes are a major part of our immune system and responding when fighting something off.
The testing guidelines for HIV are to be initially tested at 3 weeks post exposure and then again at 90 days. As long as there are no other exposures happened during this time frame than the results are conclusive.
HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted.
Condoms are effective in the prevention of HIV transmission, as long as they are used correctly and do not break or slip off. Also if lubricant is used it must be water based.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon