Welcome to the HIV forum.
All laboratories in the US, including Quest -- widely considered among the most reliable of all labs -- only use the most modern, accurate HIV tests. Following the sort of exposure you describe, PCR/DNA testing really wasn't necessary. But that negative result, along with the negative antibody (EIA) test at 8 weeks, prove you did not catch HIV. HIV subtypes make no difference in test reliability. Your skin rash does not hint at HIV as a cause; it sounds like you have acne, nothing more.
I suggest you stop overthinking this. Accept the negative results for what they are and move on with your life. All is well.
Good luck-- HHH, MD
After some time she replied with "o subtype b". I hung up phone thinking they reported my results to the website provider incorrectly and I thought the virus was found in the dna as subtype b in my type o blood. I called back and spoke to a different rep who replied to me they test for "subtypes a-e" or something to that effect and that nothing on my report is consistant with what the previous lady told me. She also went as far to say after a pcr test the only results offered are detected or not detected and that they wouldn't run a test to find which subtype is present unless ordered. "We wouldn't run any additional tests". Long story short (too late) my questions are. Are my results legitimate and can you shed light on a newly infectef hiv person's rash as a symptom of hiv and if the one I mentioned fits the description.
Questions are supposed to be limited to the original window. On some MedHelp forums, the moderators set their browsers so they never see the follow-up comment window. However, I did see these comments before I replied above. They do not change my opinion or advice.
Thanks DR. I should also mention that within about 3 weeks I developed a sickness with a low level fever and extrene fatigue. Heavy cough as well. It began with extreme shortness of breath as I exerted any energy whatsoever. Within a day of that first problem I was in bed for 4-5 days with what I mentioned above. Fever and feeling extrenely tired along with a persistant cough which I'm not sure was due to the illness but perhaps with the fatigue and breathing problems. Symptoms began monday and ended saturday AM. Is this consistant with ARS? I'm very nervous and anxiety has completely taken over
to clarify: the cough was actually very heavy and my breathing problems persisted as I exerted any energy
This information also doesn't change my opinion or advice. Test results always outweigh symptoms and your negative test results prove that someting else was the cause of your fatigue, cough, etc.
"Anxiety has completely taken over" is a major overreaction. It is not normal to be so resistant to common sense reassurance and you might benefit from professional mental health care. I suggest it out of compassion, not criticism.
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