I am certain I am suffering from dual infection to both Hep C and HIV. I have had and continue to have symptoms that I believe are do to concurrent coinfection of these viruses. I had oral thrush, a flu like illness and a fever of 102-103 for over a week around 16 weeks after my risk. In addition I had elevated liver enzymes for a six month period, pain in my upper right abdominal area that is still there today. Itchy skin, numb hands and feet. I have all major Hep C symptoms but test antibody negative. I also had a HIV PCR DNA test 10 months after my risk that was negative.
1. Can a 10 month HIV PCR DNA test be a false negative?
2. What can I do to either rule out or show infection at this point?
3. Does dual infection delay the detection of antibodies?
I am awaiting the results of a Hep C PCR RNA test. If this comes back positive then I will know that I also have HIV infection
It is unlikely that your signs and symptoms will be due to HIV or Hepatitis C, in the presence of normal serology tests for the same conditions.
HIV DNA PCR test - has zero false negative rate, and hence if a test is done after 2 weeks of exposure and the test is negative, it is definitely confirmatory of a HIV negative status. Hence since your test was done after 10 months, it is highly unlikely to be false.
There is no form of cross reactivity between HIV and Hep C viruses, and antibody response to each agent is completely independent of each other.
The best thing to do is to consult a infectious disease specialist who can examine you and decide on the proper testing modalities and treatment.
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