Thank you for responding. Another question....would I have symptoms this early? I feel like I have swollen glands, a sore throat and lower back pain. But no fever or rash.
Assessing HIV from symptoms is mostly irrelevant.
You can take standalone antibody test in 6-8 weeks and it will give you conclusive results. Or at 4 weeks, you can take the duo test which includes antibody + p24 antigen test and its conclusive at 4 weeks. Most common ARS symptoms are fever, skin rash, and sore throat, and these symptoms usually appear at the same time. Your symptoms are not worrisome of HIV. Since you are sexually active, its good that you get tested regularly anyways. Get tested for a piece of mind.
Thanks all! I will get tested in a few weeks.
A 3 month post exposure test will be conclusive. worried4144 post was incorrect.
Thanks all! September 1st was the 6 week mark. I tested negative again. I'm hoping and praying that when I test early-mid October that I'm still testing negative! That will be the 12 week post exposure test.
Your 6 weeks negative result is really encouraging. Various HIV experts suggest that at 6 weeks, 95 to 99% of people have positive antibody test. If you want 100% assurance, get another test at 12 weeks. But at this point, the chance that you will turn positive is minuscule.
Update on this story~! Last sexual contact - July 15. HIV rapid test on 9/1 is negative! Another rapid test TODAY 10/5/2011 - and that is also NEGATIVE!!
I feel great and consider myself HIV negative :-)