Welcome to the Forum. I'll be glad to try to clarify things. Let's get the major question out of the way first. The test results your partners produced show that you could not have gotten HIV from either of them. If you had, their tests would have been positive. I would also point out that there are tests which can provide reliable tests in as little as a half hour (these are called "point of care" or rapid tests) so that the results were quickly available should not concern you.
The symptoms you describe are similar to the symptoms we see with persons who have recently acquired HIV however these same sorts of symptoms are also caused by many other viral illnesses and when studied, less than 1% of persons with symptoms such as yours turn out to have HIV.
If you choose to test for HIV, you do not need to worry about the window period. While it can take up to 8 weeks (not three months) for HIV antibodies to appear in some people, the antibodies are also typically detectable just a few days after symptoms begin so a negative HIV test at this time will be proof that your current symptoms re not due to HIV.
I hope you find my comments helpful. there is no reason to be worried about HIV. EWH
The test she had was a duo antigen / antibody screen done by the ministry of health. A test my doctor states takes "up to 2 weeks and a minimum of 1 week to receive back from the ministry" in both cases her results show they were processed and faxed back in 2 days. Which is what drew my skepticism, although I may be looking too much into things. Maybe im just paranoid.
The only further i would like is, are you familiar with the biolytical insti point of care blood test I took, and if so how conclusive is a 5 week result. Should I do another test?
Sorry, I am not sure about this test. If this is an approved HIV antibody test, it would have detected well over 90% of infections acquired 5 weeks earlier. EWH
Thanks Dr Hook. This Will be my last comment.
It is an approved test , It also recently gained FDA approval. It is a whole blood test that tests from a finger prick. On the website the manufacturer claims it will detect up to 90% of infections between 4 and 6 weeks. Im not sure what that means since 5 weeks is right down the middle.
Would you advise for me to go get re tested at this point? Or should I forget about HIV as a possibilty?
If I were you, I would not be worried further about HIV. EWH
Thanks Dr. I appreciate your help.