Dear Dr. Cumming,
I'm writing you from Germany with a problem which gets more serious to me every day.
I did an HIV-combination-test (HIV 1/2 - antibodies / p24 Ag) here in Germany last friday. It was negative, i got my results a few hours later that day.
My "risk" might sound a bit stupid, I got pretty drunk on the evening of 1st may this year, I was going home by cab that night, but several scenes of this cab ride are simply missing, e.g. the few steps from the cab to my house door. So I keep on thinking or wondering or worrying whether "something" might have happened with the taxi driver....must sound stupid, I do confess. Whatever, I can't get it out of my head.
So the test I did was on 17th june, 46 days later, and as I said negative.
After 41 days I got an aphte on the inner side of my right cheek. 44 days after the 1st of may I found 3 swollen lymph nodes at my lower jaw and the cervix. Another one on the right cheek exactly on the temporomandibular joint in front of the right ear. All of them are hurting a bit when I press on them. I also got a very slight sore throat and a even slighter stuffed nose. But I never had fever or elevated temperature, always 37° C.
Last friday, the 17th, they also did a blood test, Leukocytes, Thrombocytes are normal, inflammatory biomarkers low and normal, erythrocyte sedimentation rate normal. So everything perfectly okay with my blood values.
But I'm still running extremely scared because of the symptoms, I'm really unable to enjoy my life right now. can you tell me maybe about the expressiveness of my HIV test after 46 days after my maybe-exposure?
Thanks a lot for your help, I'm hoping for a quick answer,
greetings from Germany!
Sunstroke (29, f)