I had a broken condom experience with a high risk person and am very worried as I am having symptoms such as swollen glands in the armpit, sore throat and headache (no fever). I had an HIV DNA PCR test at day 14. It was negative, but am worried that it may have been too early for an accurate neg result. Am I over reacting?
The symptoms mentioned appear to be due to streptococcal pharyngitis, which is very common, in individuals with âânew sex partners. A course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor might help to clear the infection and reduce your symptoms.
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 ânegative, it is definitely confirmatory of a HIV negative status. â
In case, where the test was done at a early date and you still have doubts, you may consult with a HIV counselor and undergo retesting (HIV DNA PCR) at the end of 3 weeks or a 4th generation ELISA test after 4 weeks of exposure. This will give a proper confirmation of your status. â
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