Three months ago I had a risk encounter. I topped a guy unprotected who promised me he had been tested and was clean. However, a month later I started having a sore throat and enlarged lymph nodes in my neck though I never had a fever of any kind. I also have had no rash or thrush. I had one single mouth ulcer that went away in 3 days. 6 weeks after possible exposure I tested negative. Eventually my lymph nodes went down to normal size and I felt fine for a few weeks. Then, my sore throat returned, though it is mild, and now I have one single lymph node in my neck that has been swollen and somewhat painful for weeks. Additionally, I have fatigue that is affecting my daily life to the point where I sleep 10+ hrs a day. Do you think a test at this point would be conclusive? Do my symptoms match up at all or am I being a hypochondriac? Thank you for any input.
Typically 28 days is enough time to get a reliable result, but a 90 day test would confirm that. I wouldn't expect a 28 day negative result to change by 90. Your symptoms are not HIV-related. Check with a doctor to determine other possible causes.
Lastly, please don't use the word "clean" to describe being HIV negative. While I'm sure you meant no harm, using the word "clean" to describe being HIV negative implies that someone who is HIV positive is somehow "dirty". It's hurtful and helps perpetuate HIV-related stigma. Bottom line: Don't do it. Say "HIV negative". And do me a favor: When you hear other people use the word "clean" to describe being HIV negative show them this answer. Thanks for helping spread the word.