The advice from an infectious diseases specialist who has directly examined you is more reliable than anything I can say from an online question. Since your ID doc says you don't have HIV, that's also my opinion.
Further, the odds are your partner was not infected, and if she were, if you used no protection at all, the chance you caught HIV would have been around 1 in 2000. With a condom (even natural membrane) that risk was reduced still further, probably by 90% of more. Finally, the combination of a negative PCR test at 8 days plus negative antibody test at 23 days comes close to 100% assurance. On top of all that, your symptoms came on much too soon to be due to HIV. Putting it all together, the chance you have HIV is literally less than the chance you'll hit the jackpot on the next lottery.
Natural skin condoms are considered less reliable than latex condoms, but the actual protection factor has not been studied. But any barrier is better than none and almost certainly you were highly protected, even if your partner had HIV.
Bottom line: Mellow out. You cannot have HIV. But continue to follow your own providers' advice.
Well, your *symptoms* developed to soon to be hiv. You had a negative test at 23 days, which is reassuring. Take one more test at the 6 week mark & then forget about it. Chances are you didn't contract hiv. For future reference, natural or lambskin condoms do not protect against STDs because they have larger holes or "pores" that allow the small particles that can cause some STDs to pass through.
I was given a test by a life insurance company at 23 days. do you know what type of test they typically use? I thought that DR. H has said that lambskin condoms do provide some measure of protection against HIV? Do you know what could cause pain under the armpits, in the groin and under the left side of the rib cage? I have been examined and Dr's say there is no swelling yet there is pain? It does come and go. How accurate is an antibody test at 23 days? And is it affected by taking Combivir?
All I can do is repeat my opinion that you do not have HIV. I have no opinion about other possible causes for your complaints, but anxiety seems more likely than a physical explanation. Continue to follow up with your personal health care provider. I will have no further comments.
Dr. Just a few quick questions. I was not actually examined by an infectious disease Doc. They consulted with a Nurse Practitioner and also me on the phone. So inyour perception if I did become infected with hiv it definitely would have shown up in the PCR test at the eight day mark which measures the amount of hiv in the blood. Also the anitbody test I was given at the 23 day mark was by a life insurance company what hiv test do they generally use. Also in general I am still having symptoms now. Such as feeling tired and pain under left rib cage and under arm pits and sometimes groin but no swelling. I also have some nausea. Is it at all possible for people who are newly infected to contunue to have symptoms from first exposure right through five months after? I am having a CAT scan this week to see if there is any enlargement in spleen or lymph nodes, or anything else. Thanks for your help!