I am writing in hopes of closing this chapter as it has been a long six months to say the least. I have gone the distance in terms of antibody testing, testing more than 17 times over the last six months. In short, I had a DNA PCR done at 20 days, 2 Blood Drawn Elisa's (3rd Gen Through Labcorp) done at week 3 and week 13 respectively, and 14 rapid tests done out to 26 weeks / 182 Days. All the test results were negative.
The reason for the excessive testing is simply because virtually every time I get comfort around my negative status, some annoying symptom shows up that brings me back to being concerned. Over the last month or so, I have had repeated canker sores that do not seem to go away. My exposure was six seconds of unprotected oral sex from a CSW, something i have never done before, and something I deeply regret. I came to my senses and stopped the act.
Is my testing 100% final at this point? I desperately need to move on, however the strange set of symptoms over the last six months keep bringing me back to this awful place of being concerned about HIV. I have read that testing trumps symptoms, and I wondered if at this point my testing would in fact "trump" my symptoms? I have also read that six months does give you the "absolute" level of conclusivity, but I have also read "rarely" people take longer than six months. It is also worthy of note that through this process I was diagnosed with a moderate IGA difficiency, but normal IGG and IGM.
Any insight you can lend would be warmly appreciated and desperately needed.
Thank you -