I am female and 5 weeks ago did something, with great regret, out of the ordinary and had an unprotected, rough sexual encounter with someone I had just met, though he did not ejaculate inside of me. I spoke with the individual, who told me that I had not had anything to worry about and he was clean. He said, based on his profession, his employer supposedly gives him tests every so often. Though, naturally, I simply cannot count on his word as I do not know his history and what he does outside of work. Obviously everyone is susceptible, regardless of their profession.
So far, thank goodness, all of my STD tests have come back negative. My greatest concern, though, are my HIV tests. I have had 5 Negative tests so far and am due for another 2 tomorrow. My first tests were at the 10 day mark, it was a Rapid Test (though I know these aren't accurate so early) as well as a certain "Viral Load" test which the Antiviral Research Department at the hospital had guaranteed me to be accurate within 7 days of potential exposure. Fortunately, both came back Negative. Though, this has not helped to calm my anxieties. I am unsure of the exact Viral Load test they had done and even though they had guaranteed me that it was 100% accurate at my 10 day mark, I have read on certain sites that some of them have the possibility of resulting in false-negatives until up to 2-3 weeks after exposure. Not sure if theirs is "better" than others, or what.
I have become obsessed with it and have almost convinced myself that I do, in fact, have it. Since last week, (4 weeks post-exposure), I have been sort of ill, some vomiting, abdominal/pelvic pain, diarrhea, unable to eat, though I have been stressed out of my mind to near nervous breakdown, unable to sleep more than a few hours a night, and have been smoking over double the amount than I normally do, so that may very well have been the cause. My temperature seems to fluctuates from my normal 97.9, though it has not gone over 99.0. On Sunday, (33 days after exposure) I picked up an OraQuick test, which came out negative, as well. I know those aren't completely accurate until the 3 month mark, though.
I ended up going to the ER last night after getting faint and falling over (possibly from stress and having only a few bites of food to eat, per day, for the past week). I told them about the unprotected sexual encounter I had and all of my symptoms I have been having over the past week, and they agreed to run a full blood panel as well as STD tests. My blood panel was perfect, (surprisingly, after having not eaten or slept for a week) and my blood STD tests were Negative. I forgot to ask what specific test they had used, though, which is driving me absolutely insane. They gave me some anti-nausea medication, which made me release a great deal of gas (sorry for TMI), which I assume was attributing to my vomiting and abdominal pain. I felt nearly 100% better after leaving the hospital and am feeling even more better today, no more symptoms, am able to sleep & eat, etc. Though, the weirdest thing is that my hands and feet keep sweating.
I am going back to the same place that offered the 7-day Viral Load test tomorrow and will have another Rapid Test prior to that. I am hoping that at 36 days post-exposure (5 weeks, 1 day), it should be more than accurate and I will be able get the results in 2 weeks, or they will notify me within 1 week if it is *knock on wood* positive.
My question is, are all of these negatives a good sign? I know it was a little over a month after exposure, and some organizations recommend at least 3-6 months, though should I have been more than confident in my initial Viral Load test result? Thanks!