How do I know I am possible HIV infected?
I had a condom break about 6 months ago with a girl whom status i dnt know.3 weeks later i got down with some flu like symptoms and so did my girlfriend.she recoverd but i havent up to now.i have a lymphnode on my left neck en my girlfriend bilateraly on the neck.i did a rapid test at 6 and 8 weeks which came out neg.a western blot at 11 weeks which was neg.i again did a rapid test at 5 months which ws neg.can i free my mind now?my lymphnode is still enlarged though.
It is advisable that you do another Western Blot before you can be assured that you are not positive. Needless to say, the initial flu-like symptoms and so on are characteristic of the first phase (acute infection stage) of HIV infection. You can read more in this article – http://www.healthhype.com/stages-of-hivaids-first-to-final-phase-signs-and-symptoms.html
However there are a number of other causes, even other sexually transmitted infections, that may be responsible. Mono (infectious mononucleosis) is one of the common causes. You can also find a list of other causes of a swollen lymph node in the neck in this article – http://www.healthhype.com/causes-of-swollen-neck-lymph-nodes.html
Hopefully you are being overseen by your doctor for this matter and not just monitoring your status on its own. Your doctor will be able to pick up any signs of other infections or underlying non-infectious causes rather than just testing and monitoring your HIV status on your own.
If you have not been attended to by a medical doctor, it would be advisable that you seek medical attention immediately. Ideally your girlfriend should also be attended to as well.
As hard as it is to swallow i will take another test.but doc is it possible that all these tests could ve missed the detection of the virus? As hard as it is to swallow i will take another test.but doc is it possible that all these tests could ve missed the detection of the virus?By the way,the doctor had diagnosed me as havin a urinary tract infection the time i went down with the flu like symptoms and so was my girlfriend a week later.but i do get some urethral itches at times.
Well i went to see a doctor last week who played down my lymphadenopathy fear as my nodes were less than a CM in diameter.quite reliving it was.and doc how accurrate is the elisa antigen-antiboy test.did one at 14 weeks which ws all clear.am js waitin for my U&Es results and da FBC.Hope am fine.ive learnt my lesson
Yes, it is possible but quite unlikely once you have your final test now. You should also get tested for other STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, syphilis and so on. This could also account for your symptoms and present with a urinary tract infection (UTI).
u should not be happy yet and jump into conclusion. It might i mean the virus might be in its incubation stage despite the already known period of incubation, it still varies with persons. U might have other STIs that is just there and by the time you sleep with another girl, she becomes infected because of opened orifice that can allow all sorts of viruses and bacteria to strive