About 6 months ago i had unprotected sex with a friend whom i did not know their status for HIV, after that encounter about 6 weeks later i fell really ill with something that felt like the flu. My body and muscles were in pain everywhere, I had discharge coming out of my penis, and i had constant headaches. I have been tested several times (once last week) and the tests have all come back negative but over the last 6 months i have just felt my health deteriorating. I had a rash that looked similar to bug bites all over my chest a couple months ago, and i have had diarrhea for about 4 months now also i have had nasal congestion for the last 4 months even though i have never had allergies before in my life and also I now have a fungal infection on several of my fingernails. I was told that since my test was post the 3 month waiting period and also past the 6 month period that they are completely conclusive. Is there any way the antibodies couldn't have shown up for this period of time or could there be something else causing these symptoms?
Welcome to the Forum. while i can understand your concerns, I can also assure you that HIV antibody tests performed at 3 or 6 months following an exposure are conclusive and should be believed, particularly if you have been tested on more than one occasion.
The flu-like symptoms and rash you describe might logically raise concerns that they represent symptoms of recently acquired HIV however they occurred at the wrong time (early HIV symptoms typically occur at 4-8 weeks after an exposure) and when test results and symptoms disagree, the tests always win. There are many non-STD, non-HIV viruses that can cause the sorts of symptoms you describe and the symptoms you describe should be considered coincidental to your exposure but not related.
Please do not worry, you did not get HIV from the exposure you describe. EWH
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