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Worried about HIV infection!!
Hello,I have a situation where in 2001 I had 2 unprotected sex encounters with a person whose HIV I didn't know. After those encounters I started to experience every HIV related sympton imagineable. I also started to worry so much that it affected my day to day living and I was unable to function without thinkin I was HIV positive. About 3 months after the last encounter I had the orasure test done. The person who administered the test worried me a bit when after I removed the swabb from in between my cheek and gum she said that the swabb wasn't wet enough so she asked me to spit on it. I was a bit confused but I did what she asked me to do. My result came back 1 week later and it was negative. I was still worried and the fact that I felt like the test was compromised I retested about 1 month later. That test was also negative. I was still worried and I still have off n on symptoms of HIV. I had 1 more test done in 2007 and it was -. Am i okay


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replied August 24th, 2010
HIV and AIDS Answer A15582
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the possibility of HIV infection because of your symptoms (not mentioned by you)simulating those with HIV disease. You have also made a mention of low iron and loss of blood for which you are on iron supplements. Orasure test is a HIV antibody test in which the HIV antibody is estimated in saliva of the patient by taking the mouth swab. it usually take 6-12 weeks for the HIV antibodies to develop after the high risk exposure. If you are tested negative in 3 months and again at 4 months and then again at 6-7 years post exposure, it is highly unlikely that you have HIV infection or disease as these tests are highly sensitive and accurate. You must consult your personal physician for definitive diagnosis as the same cannot made online.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.



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