How long after the onset of possible ARS symptoms will an HIV test turn positive? At around day 25 after unprotected vaginal sex where I was the receiver, i noticed some symptoms which worried me. I had 8-10 insect bite looking spots on my arms and legs. They look like when you blot the tip of a red pen for a few seconds on a piece of paper. Flat and red with a somewhat pale area around it. Nothing on my torso, thorax or face though. I also have some muscle and joint aches. Short pains in the arms, fingers and legs. I also noticed that i would wake up with a congested nose and throughout the day, I would feel mucus accumulation at the back of my throat which made it difficult to swallow. No fever, nausea or swollen lymph nodes though. Needless to say, I got worried so I took an HIV test two days later which came back non reactive. It was a 4th generation Chemilumiscent Ag/Ab test. But after that, I had what I think was a sore throat. It wasn't painful but there was discomfort like scratching in my throat. I also felt like throwing up a few times but didnt. I didn't have any fever but I'm not sure because i didnt really check with a thermometer. I also have more red insect bite looking spots on my legs but the original ones were already gone/fading. The short muscle and joint aches also persisted as well as the mucus accumulation at the back of my throat. and by day 32 i also have little headaches. By day 35, the mucus accumulation has turned into little coughs.
In a previous discussion on the experts' forum, i think from a few years ago, one of the doctors said that if you have symptoms, the HIV test will normally turn positive after about a week. I will try to find that discussion again and post it for reference. So now I'm thinking that I took my test too early which is why it turned out to be non-reactive? Since the onset of my symptoms started at around day 25 and I took the test only 2 days after? Do my symptoms even look like ARS symptoms? I've read discussions saying that hiv cannot be diagnosed by symptoms and I understand that, but at least just tell me if my symptoms look like the usual ARS symptoms? Please, someone clarify for me.