HIV - International Expert Forum
8 weeks hiv elisa
About This Forum:

This forum is for questions and discussions relating to HIV exposure and risks, living with HIV, HIV prevention, HIV testing, HIV transmission, HIV treatment. All questions will be answered by a medical expert from FreedomHealth.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

8 weeks hiv elisa

hi, im a 23 year old male, had sex with a sex worker and my condom broke, that was almost 3 months ago, i had an elisa test taken at 6 weeks negative, thenat 8 weeks negative, since i live in mexico, i dont know how good the test is.
Plus i´ve been feeling tired, with no apetite, and i have a very dry mouth persistant for 3 weeks almost, i have been very anxious or depressed i dont know, and i think they are symptoms of stress but i also fear that they come from hiv,  so my question is:

are the symptoms related to anxiety or depression?

is the elisa test at 8 weeks reliable?

1024580_tn?1331577721
Hello,
Thank for your post and welcome to our forum.
A negative Elisa test at 8 weeks can be considered conclusive in practical terms as the vast majority of people would have seroconverted by then.  However current guidelines would only consider it conclusive after 12 weeks.  The fact that your sexual encounter was relatively low risk: unknown status of the lady, condom failure, vaginal intercourse; and you had a negative test at 8 weeks; this is very reassuring and it could be considered conclusive.  I do not think that you need to worry about it.  make sure that you get tested for all other STDs as well.
Your symptoms are most likely to be related to stress and anxiety.
Best wishes,
Dr José
5 Comments
Blank
4306673_tn?1352800555
elisa test at 8 weaks is very encouraging but not conclusive,i will advice you to stay calm,because seroconversion is a symptomatic,and vast majority of people seroconvert at 2to6 weaks,you will get your conclusive result at 12 weaks,next time use enought lubrication during sex
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Thank you doctor your answer reassures me.
I have only one more question, I have a very dry mouth and it is driving me crazy, i have had it for almost 3 weeks now, and i was very scared that it was because i had hiv.

Is it related?
Blank
1024580_tn?1331577721
No, it is not related to HIV.
Best wishes,
Dr José
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Sorry Dr. To botter you again, it is just that today i was diagnosed with xerostomia caused by enlarged salivary gland, and i have read that enlarged salivary gland is related to hiv, plus i been having dermatitis, i have always had dermatitis but not this much and i have also read that it is hiv related so,
my question is
should i worry?
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
936016_tn?1332769204
Dr Sean CummingsBlank
FreedomHealth
London,
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank