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Hi Doctor, please help me as my anxiety is killing me. 1 week after exposure with a girl I got sick with cold or flu (runny nose, coiffing, pain in mussels, neck pain) and it lasted for about week and a half or 2 weeks. Next week when I got better, I developed a feeling like something is in my throat or at the end of my tongue, so I went to ENT doctor and he did not see anything only he said that one of my throat walls was king of irritated so it might be acid reflux. On next day I developed sever pain in neck and upper back (it was hard to move for a week but when I was resting I was feeling fine). Later I developed some red rash in the middle of my chest (some of them like small bumps and some are flat and it relatively on small area and it are already like for 2-3 weeks). I took HIV antibody at 4 weeks and I was negative. So my question is - 4 weeks antibody test is more or less reliable? And is that possible I got HIV? How long usually symptoms last? Do they come all together?


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replied March 26th, 2011
HIV antibody at 4 weeks is negative?
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health forum.

There is no risk of HIV transmission in the history described by you.

HIV is diagnosed based on the serological detection in the blood samples. It is not diagnosed on the basis of nonspecific signs and symptoms.

Your symptoms described appear to be due to streptococcal infection of the upper respiratory tract. They are not diagnostic of HIV infection.

A person after exposure to HIV can get tested as early as 4 weeks to 12 weeks with the ELISA for HIV antibody test. 90% of normal individuals who have HIV exposure, will seroconvert within 4-6 weeks. The sensitivity of the ELISA test is 99.9%.

Since the HIV antibody at 4 weeks is negative it is conclusive proof of your HIV negative status.

I hope this helps.





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