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12 weeks that I have been exposed to HIV.

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its now 12 weeks that I have been exposed to HIV. i had vaginal sex protected with a condom with a girl i didnt know her status, deep kissing and little fingering. I fought that that exposed me to nothing. one week after that activity, i started having the following symptoms: upper burning back pain that was sometimes spreading to the arms, legs and abdomen and I could sense some burning skin pain. Because of that, I was anxious, couldnt eat, work and later they were ceasing and today coming sudden. I had extreme fear, I was becoming tired during the day but with Exercise I sorted this later out.

After 10 days, I had an antibody test that came back negative but Doctor said it was unreliable. Today I am having a flu and a sore on my tongue.

Please tell me if this is really it cause I am scared.


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replied May 30th, 2012
HIV and AIDS Answer A35508
Welcome to e health forum.

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.

The chances of contracting HIV from a single sexual encounter from a female is about 0.04% (per act). This is actually very low to cause a confirmed infection, just by one act.

With regarding to HIV testing, there is no need for a large no of tests to be done. All you need to do is wait for 4 weeks and get a ELISA test for HIV antibodies. In case, this test is negative, then you need to repeat the test again at the end of 12 weeks. A negative test at 12 weeks will conclusively confirm your status as HIV negative.

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