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I had unprotected sex with someone who turned out to be high risk 29 days ago.  I took an RNA test at 22 days and it came back negative.  I was TOLD by the testing center that result is 99% sure however I should take an ELISA test at 3 months as a follow up (which I understand).  

How much faith if any can I actually put in the RNA results?  I am still experiencing what I would consider to be ARS symptoms; symmetrical red bumps on my ears (specifically on the tip top of the ear lobe before it goes into the canal) that don't itch but indicative of a "rash"?  I've never had anything on them before.  Two look sort of like pimples, but aren't and the other is a larger red lump.  They came up approx. 1 week ago (3 wks after the incident).  

My other concern is that the sore throat has been a commonality for me on and off over the last few months.  A fever of 99.1 for a few days.  Nausea, dizziness and loss of appetite have been on and off throughout the last 2 wks.

Any thoughts (other than I need to wait for the ELISA)?

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Just means so far HIV hasn't been detected but in no way is it conclusive. RNA tests are used in conjunction with antibody tests they are not standalone tests.
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Is 31 days to early for an antibody test?
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Thanks! I'll wait till the 6 wk. mark like Dr. Hook recommended to take my first one...then take another at 3 months.
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