Welcome to the Forum. I'll be happy to comment. With all due respect, your question suggests a bit of a misunderstanding regarding how HIV and other STDs are transmitted. These infections are transmitted ONLY by sexual contact or, in the case of infections also transmitted by blood, by introduction of infected material DEEP into tissues, as might happen with a contaminated needle. HIV is not EVER transmitted by contact with spit or saliva, by touching with the hands, through clothing (even when the clothing might get damp with genital secretions. thus NONE of the activities you describe have ANY risk for HIV even if one of these women had HIV (and this is unlikely).
AQs you point out, your sore throat is likely a coincidental infection from your kids or that you caught in your activities of daily living, not a manifestation of early HIV.
It is hard to tell what sort of test you had for HIV but you do not need testing to start with. Thus any negative result is only additional, confirmatory support for what I have already said- no risk.
I hope these answers are helpful. Window periods are irrelevant. You really do not need further testing. EWH
You never had an exposure.
Many thanks Dr Edward for your expert opinion. My apologies for raising these final points to close this. I have listed my questions below:
Am I correct in understanding that there is ZERO risk in relation to points 2 and 6 in my original post - i.e. vaginal secretions on my hands, lips, body etc. AND direct vaginal contact on damp jeans?
I am mainly concerned with the recurring rash and lymph nodes as per my original post. Are you able to kindly guide me on these?
As I understand "Elisa P24" automatically imply a duo antigen and antibody test? And if so, is the window period 28 days for that?
Is it really possible to just test antigens using Elisa P24 and what is the window period for that? Likewise, is it possible to just test for antibodies using Elisa P24 and what's the window period there?
If there was a test conducted before the end of the window period, what is the general likelihood of testing false negative (to be tested positive at the end of window period)?
You understood my comment about no risk. I will not repeat it.
There are many possible causes of a rash and lymph node swelling. If you wish to learn what might be causing it, you should be seen by an experienced physician such as an internal medicine specialist. HIV from the events you describe is not a concern.
There are tests which test only for the p24 antigen. It sounds like neither you nor the person you spoke with clearly understood what test was done. I will not comment further unless you really know what sort of test you had. EWH
Hello Doctor. Thanks for putting my mind at ease.
Being a married man with two little children, I have been unable shake the fear. This has been compounded with these symptoms as I described. Just last night I was sweating terribly and had nightmares related to HIV.
My intention was just to check the possibilities of the kind of HIV testing based on what was told.
I have been avoiding sex with my wife and wanted to check if I can really move on with my regular sex life and more importantly my work, which has been terribly effected too?
Thanks again doctor.
Of course you can move on and have no reason to avoid sex with your wife related to the events you described. EWH