You never had an exposure. HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host.
HIV is transmitted by;
Unprotected penetrative anal and/or vaginal sex
Sharing works with other IV drug users
Mother to child
If and only if you have unprotected penetration, then you were at risk. HIV RNA test are not typically used for diagnosing HIV, but antibody tests. I think your test might be too soon. Take a DUO/4th generation test at 4 weeks. If negative, repeat at 12 for conclusive result.
Please note the exposure was in 2011.
Do you suggest that I take any HIV test after taking that 8 day PCR RNA test which showed that I am not infected?
After the shingles episode last 10 days have been devastating.
I take your replies very seriously.
Shingles has nothing to do with HIV, you never had an exposure.
Thanks Teak.. that was a huge relief for me.
One last question that lingers in my mind. What are the chances of negative male getting infected by positive female and negative female getting infected by a positive male. This is just by sheer anxiousness and for my knowledge.
Thanks once again for the great work done by you here.
We don't play a numbers game here.
If you don't have unprotected sex, you won't contract HIV.
Thanks all for their comments and responses.
Gave me a relief today
You said shingles (Herpes Zoster) has nothing to do with HIV but I read on so many sites that in second phase of HIV its the first infection to get usually. Whats your opinion on that?
Why does it even matter? YOU HAD NO RISK.
Shingles is an after effect of having had chickenpox's, nothing at all to do with HIV.
I got my test done today and want to share the results :
HIV 1 BY WESTERN BLOT TECHNIQUE
Core Antigen No band deteced.
Endonuclease Polymerase Antigen No band detected.
Envelope Antigen No band detected.
Interpretation For HIV Blot NON REACTIVE FOR HIV
ANTIBODY TO HIV I & II BY CMIA (P 24 AG AND GP AB) (SCREENING TEST)
ANTIBODY TO HIV I &II (P24 AG & GP120 AB)
HIV I & II - 0.08
0 - 1 Non Reactive
1 - 5 Indeterminate
> 5 Reactive