I came across this statement from a medical practitioner on the web:
"In truth, none of these tests are ever likely to be 100% (EIA, RNA PCR). They have had cases of dormant STD infections that went tested and undetected for years, even up to 10 years has been documented. If your immune system is healthy enough to tuck the infection away and prevent it from spreading for a while, it will. This prevents anything from showing up on many tests until the immune system gets low for some reason and allows an outbreak or the virus. This is most common with HPV where women usually go several years without it showing up on tests. HIV is the same, and it is usually recommended to continue testing for years to be sure, if you think you could have been exposed."
1) How accurate is the above statement?
2) I had a brief possible exposure in the U.S. (vaginal intercourse/unknown status/condom broke) about 4.5 months ago. Had bad symptoms that began 1 week later and some still present today (1, possibly 2, small enlarged lymph nodes in my neck, white tongue (culture swab diagnosed heavy bacterial growth, not thrush), on-going folliculitis on arm pits and torso, fatigue, and very bad acid reflux/heartburn with strange sounds in my stomach and esophagus)
Had several tests: 2,3,4,6,8,9,14 weeks EIA Negative. and 17.5 weeks EIA plus Western Blot for HIV 1/o/2, RNA PCR HIV 1, both Negative, and CD4 count of 718.
How reassured can I be with these results, especially since I'm still experiencing bothersome symptoms that no doctor can yet find a cause for?
3) How plausible/relevant is a possible rare strain/subgroup infection?
4) If I did contract a rare strain/subgroup would any of my tests not designed to detect rare strains/subgroups detect anything or indicate a possible problem, or would they just return a clean negative result?
Thank you Dr.!!!