I have been reading the archives over and over and I apologize for yet another testing/confidence level message. Sorry for the long message.
In July and Early August, 2008, I was very promiscuous sleeping with a several unknown partners. Normally unprotected oral, protected vaginal. The last such occurrence occurred on August 6th.
On August 13th, I came down with a flu. Fever, Runny Nose, Body Aches, shooting knee joint pain when walking up stairs. The fever lasted a couple of days and by the 16th-17th, I was feeling more or less myself with a runny nose.
Around August 18th to 19th, several joints in my body started to ache and produce pain. Specifically the joint in my right thumb was very sore. This joint pain still exists today, September 27th but is much reduced from what it was.
September 8th, 2008: I went to LabCorp for testing (doesn't everyone?). I had the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), DNA by PCR With HIV Antibodies by ICMA. Results were fine/not detected. This was just over the 4.5 weeks from last possible exposure. They use a third generation test for the antibodies, correct? With a window period of 2-4 weeks. I am a little concerned over these results as the clinic had difficulty drawing blood.
September 10th, 2008: I developed oral thrush. Doctor prescribed an anti fungal.
September 11th, 2008: Full STD check in Alberta Canada. (all came back fine). HIV test I do believe is a 1st or 2nd generation. I attempted to get more info but was unable.
September 12th, 2008: General bloodwork. Elevated (higher than previous tests) Lymphocyte counts. Above normal Transferrin Saturation and Iron.
September 26th, 2008: Rash on my lower back. Similar to the "(Pseudomonas Folliculitis)" pictures found on the web.
Since the original fever, I have had mild recurring fevers (2-3/week) and occasional night sweats with continuing joint pain. I do have a few small red spots on my chest but nothing I would call a rash.
I want conclusive testing done. I can't keep living my life in constant worry over every ache and pimple. I was not tested for HIV-2 by PCR. Does the labcorp ICMA test detect HIV-2 in early exposure as effective as HIV-1?
Should I go get a HIV-1 again AND a HIV-2 PCR test from labcorp? I'm to the point where money doesn't matter. I want my life back.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.