All HIV Symptoms but tests negative

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The last 5 months have been a complete night for me. I became deathly ill following a potential exposure to HIV through unprotected sexual contact.

I had all ARS symptoms including severe muscles pains, headache, sore throat, inflamed lymph nodes, nausea, pins and needles in arms and feet and oral thrush.

i then continued to develop many other symptoms including: joint pain, extremely dry mouth, mouth sores/ulcers, recurring sore throat, vaginal thrush, petechial rash (little red dots all over body), weight loss, vertigo, constipation, liver/spleen pain, geographic tongue, vibrating sensations throughout body, pelvic pain, irregular bleeding/missed periods, metallic taste in mouth ... the list goes on

I am still suffering from oral and vaginal thrush, geographic tongue, various aches and pains and liver/spleen discomfort 5 months on.

I have tested for HIV at 4,5,6,7,8,9.5,11,12,14 and 16 weeks after the incident all negative using a combination of testing methods including 4th generation duo test.

I really feel helpless now borderline suicidal as I am 100% sure I am infected but the tests have not yet picked it up. I am considering a DNA PCR but have been putting it off due to the financial expense and my doctors will not do it for me.

I should also note that my doc ran a CBC during the acute illness which showed a significant drop in my lymphocytes.

Please someone help/offer support/guidance as I am desperate. The anxiety and depression is too much to handle.

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    No, 4th Gen HIV test is good to give you a conclusive at 4 weeks post exposure. At 12 weeks if you are negative, it only means that you do not have HIV.

    No, your symptoms are unspecific to HIV ARS.

    Practically, a negative with a standard antibody test - 3rd generation or earlier post 6 weeks would give you conclusive. Therefore, 12 weeks or 3 month wouldn't make any difference.

    You have conclusively tested negative, you don't have HIV.

    this is someone reply to me am in the same situation with you but also know that anxiety can cause all those symptoms you mentioned and I will tell you that HIV is not you problem as you tested negative outside the window period...

    I didnt develop symptoms like your but I am trying to keep calm still have 4 more days to complete my 12weeks window period. go for a general body check up cause you don't have HIV and HIV symptoms last for about two weeks

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      and Most of your symptoms are based on the last stage which means Aids symptoms so you don't have HIV period calm down

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      It takes like 4 years or more to get AIDS. Your own stress is causing you to feel this way. STRESS can significantly affect your body and it seems like you are beyond stressing yourself. THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO, can a deep breath and don't think about it. Wait for more exams, but don't put more than any thought other than scheduling it and thats it.

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      Hi Chris thanks for the reassurance. I know I am making things worse by being in a constant anxiety driven state, however there appears to be no other explanation for my illness which occurred 3 weeks after the incident. I truly believe I will eventually test positive, it's just a matter of time 😦

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      your own anxiety is taking a toll on you so calm down and think in a different direction.... I was once paranoid like you even when my girlfriend tested negative at 6 weeks I tested negative at every test I did up to the 10week and I know my test will still be negative at 12 weeks. I was really on the edge and nearly committed suicide but then I started sharing my worries with my girlfriend and that how I have been taking things calmly up till now I still think about HIV and I get scared and my anxiety level increases and I will start surfing the net and ask HIV experts about my chances and the told me my negative results are accurate way before my last test at 10 weeks but I should go at 12weeks if I am still worried which I will go and get tested in 4days time. I might even go before the 4days cause waiting is like walking on bunch of needles ... so please calm down and take care of your anxiety ... I know what you are going through cause I am also going through it... calm down cause no matter how many times you test it will still be negative... at some time I start thinking I have developed skin cancer another time it's mouth cancer so please calm down and go get a general body check up cause you don't have HIV

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      I am living an example for you. I am in 3yr mark from the day of exposure. Continously tested negative for a year. after i stopped testing, believing the test made me better.

      but i am sure your stress level increased and your immunity has gone down as me in 6 months. I even had more symptoms than you, to protect for those symptoms you got to be in diet for 2 months especially to keep you away from candida . There are tons of people same like us even more than 20yrs, 😃.

      Trust the results work towards your goal, forget this.

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      hi im having the same symptoms i had unprotected sex with a female and she turned out to be a sexworker as well now im having issue i tested at 5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13 weeks for the 4th gen and i took a RNA AT 13weeks my aniexty is high im also scared myself my last test was at 91days nonreactive im conclusive but i dont feel like i am i happy im out the 12 weeks period but im still scared too.

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      i mean i took a RNA HIV1 test at 73days and a i took my last 4th gen at 91days nonreactive everything u have i have im still nervous i been to alot of doctor still no answers

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      Hi RaheemRex

      We note from a recent post which you have made to our forum that you may be experiencing thoughts around self-harm. If we have misinterpreted your comments then we apologies for contacting you directly. But if you are having such thoughts then please note that you are not alone in this, and there are people out there that can help.

      If you are having these suicidal thoughts then we strongly recommend you speak to someone who may be able to help. The Samaritans offer a safe space where you can talk openly about what you are going through. They can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen.

      Their contact details are on our patient information leaflet here: https://patient.info/health/dealing-with-suicidal-thoughts, which also offers lots of other advice on how you can access the help you may need.

      If you are having such thoughts then please do reach out to the team at the Samaritans (or the other people detailed in our leaflet) who will understand what you're going through and will be able to help.

      Kindest regards

      Patient

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      Ashyam .

      if you are really convinced that you have hiv despite negative results , what could put your mind at ease is to start hiv treatment medicines and after a few months you might realize that you are not sick anyway.

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