Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question.
I can affirm the accurate replies you had on the community forum. When HIV testing is done sufficiently long after the last exposure (4-8 weeks, depending on the specific test[s]), the result overrule all other factors. Your're wrong about 6 months. With the standard HIV tests currently in use, taking that long for postive results is an urban myth.
Your symptoms are not suggestive of an HIV infection, and the timing is wrong. But even if they were highly typical, and no matter the nature of the exposure, your test results prove you didn't catch HIV. In other words, the direct answers to your two questions are no and no.
So you can relax and move on. All is well. Best wishes-- HHH, MD
By the way the test I took after 3 months was a blood test that got sent to a lab - LabCorp I believe it is. I believe it's an "HIV 1/2 ab screen"
I saw this before replying above. You had a standard, highly reliable test by a highly respected national laboratory.
Hello Dr. Handsfield.
thank you for your reply. I just have one last question, and this will relieve the last of my worries. Are there any circumstances under which it could take 6 months? For example, I wear thick orthopedic insoles that make my shoes tight, and may even slightly cut off my circulation. Would this have any impact on my immune system or ability to develop antibodies?
Thank you and have a nice weekend
Tight shoes affecting HIV test results??? That's a new one!
No, it would have no effect. There are no medical conditions that affect HIV test reliability or result in delayed positive results as long as 6 months, with hte possible exception of things like terminal cancer.
I encourage you to ignore any and all extenuating circumstances that may come to mind. There is nothing that will change the fact that your negative test results are 100% reliable.