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I tested negative using a 4th generation test at 6 and 8.5 months post exposure. About 2 weeks after my exposure I was very tired and took 2 days off work. I was wiped out. Four months after exposure I ejaculated blood. This happened again at the 5 month mark. I also lost 15lbs., have had infected cuts, a sore on my scrotum, bruising, and what I believe to be thrush a couple of times. Other problems include unexplained joint and muscle pain and weakness. Up until this point I was the picture of health; now I feel like an old man.

I have had and continue to have symptoms long after the seroconversion should have occurred. Based on my test results I am HIV- but I’m not convinced.

What should I do?


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replied December 18th, 2018
HIV and AIDS Answer A64660
Usually, in otherwise normal individuals, who are infected with HIV, develop symptoms between 6 weeks to 12 weeks post exposure.

The symptoms of HIV and AIDS vary, depending on the phase of infection.

Within the first few weeks
When first infected with HIV, you may have no signs or symptoms at all, although you're still able to transmit the virus to others. Many people develop a brief flu-like illness in about 6 weeks after becoming infected.

Signs and symptoms may include: Fever, Headache, Sore throat, Swollen lymph glands, Rash

You may remain symptom-free for years.
But as the virus continues to multiply and destroy immune cells, you may develop mild infections or chronic symptoms such as: Swollen lymph nodes , Diarrhea, Weight loss, Fever, Cough and shortness of breath

If you receive no treatment for your HIV infection, the disease typically progresses to AIDS in about 10 years. By the time AIDS develops, your immune system has been severely damaged, making you susceptible to opportunistic infections — diseases that wouldn't trouble a person with a healthy immune system.

The signs and symptoms of some of these infections may include: Soaking night sweats, Shaking chills or fever higher than 100 F (38 C) for several weeks, Cough and shortness of breath , Chronic diarrhea, Persistent white spots or unusual lesions on your tongue or in your mouth, Headaches , Persistent, unexplained fatigue, Blurred and distorted vision , Weight loss, Skin rashes or bumps.

As explained above, HIV symptoms can be very confusing, and many other conditions can be mistaken for HIV. Hence HIV is not diagnosed based on signs or symptoms. It is diagnosed based on serology tests detecting HIV antigens and antibodies in the blood.

In your case , since the test results are negative, it is unlikely that your symptoms are due to HIV. They are more likely due to nonspecific and common issues or due to psychosomatic conditions like depression, anxiety, chronic pain syndromes, etc.

Consult a doctor and seek a proper medical opinion.

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