Symptoms are not reliable. 4 weeks after exposure, duo test is 95% accurate. So if you tested with a duo / 4th gen test, it is a good indication of your result. 6 week duo test will be 99% reliable. So, stay hopeful.
I don't think it was a duo test. I was told it was araquick finger prick. Then again at 5 weeks mark I bought an oraquick home test (oral swab which was negative) idk how reliable this is for now until my other results come back.
Go get a DUO test (4th gen Ab/Ag), p24 antigens can be detected before antibodies and will be present until enough antibodies are produced. Results come back pretty quickly, so you can have some peace of mind. Maybe see if you can order it online, that's what I do with mine and I get my results within 1- 2 days after visiting the lab to give my specimen...but I'm in the US, I'm not sure if you are too. Rapid finger-prick tests that are antibody-only aren't too reassuring this early on.
Also please remember that you cannot diagnose HIV with just symptoms. I've been there myself. You will drive yourself crazy and spiral into an anxious depression. Take care!
Hi guys, I have done the following test:
Finger prick oraquick at 4 weeks negative
Elisa 4th generation and RNA hiv1 at 5 weeks -negative
Elisa 4th generation at 7 weeks negative
Elisa 4th gen at 10 weeks- also negative..
how reliable are these? I did all kinds of STD panels and they all come back negative but I developed a yeast infection, I also have skin itchiness, and white tongue, and lots of gas.. idk what's going on with my body.
Can I move on with my life and think HIV is not my issue? How reliable is a 4 gen Elisa at 10 weeks after exposure?
Your 10th week result is an excellent indicator of your status and i believe it is not going to change. Many would consider this conclusive as well. But as per CDC, only a 12th week result would be conclusive.