1.) No risk. HIV is a fragile virus and it's outer shell is destroyed when exposed to changes in PH and Oxygen levels rendering it unable to infect seconds after leaving its host.
2.) 3 months is conclusive for every test including the rapid test.
3.) Nope. It's not. It was a coincidental viral illness.
4.) That's like asking how long is a piece of string.
5.) You did NOT have ANY risk which means any symptoms you think you're having are not in anyway related to HIV.
7.) Yes, they can.
In adults, HIV is transmitted by:
Unprotected Anal/Vaginal Sex
Sharing IV drug equipment
Direct blood contact as in infected blood transfusions.
Uses condoms for vaginal and anal sex, and you will avoid HIV infection.
KJ268, thank you so much. I just want to know what is the fever like, I mean does it go away with medication?
What is the joint and muscle pain like? Is it persistent and severe or is it mild and stays for a few seconds and is recurring?
And the last thing the lymph node that I mentioned is invisible, it can only be notices when touched. Do lymph nodes swell up really huge so that they are visible or they can be tiny as my node? And there is only one lymph node.
Thanks a ton. It is much appreciated.
We are not going to speak baout symptoms because they will not tell you anything about HIV, nor will a lack of.
It varies person to person. Like Vance said, we do not discuss symptoms. They are a terribly, poor indicator. Take it from me. In general though, classical ARS symptoms are a high fever (above 101), severe joint and muscle pains where you can barely stand up and walk for a long time, severe sore throat where you can barely swallow your own saliva and a generalized rash.
YOU HAD NO RISK THOUGH.
Thank you KJ. Much appreciated. I had no severe pain and no generalized rash.
Just a last question, if there is a rash how is it? I just remembered scratching all over my body - hands, feet, trunk and having an itchy skin. But I am scratching even now, it has been months.
Move along. You have had no risk.
Your test result is irrelevant since you had no risk of infection to begin with.
Forget about this whole incident.
But, since you are wondering, an FDA approved rapid test is conclusive at 12 weeks post exposure if negative.
I missed the date of the post. Sorry, but it was posted at the top....vexing!