I have a question regarding my hiv testing
, both antibody
and PCR DNA tests I've done and would like some information regarding when and if I need to test again. The risks were women I had met at a bar and I didn't know them or what their health status was. I have tried to reach both partners and have not been able to contact them as this occurred as I was working out of state at the time.
Below is a timeline of the risks and the tests I've had done.
I had two possible risks, one on March 10th, I used a condom for vaginal sex but no protection for oral sex, both ways. Five days later I had a soar throat, fever, and what appeared to be thrush (which I have time to time). I took antibiotics and got well quick and no other symptoms. I was diagnosed with strep throat even though no throat culture was done.
The second possible risk was on April 13th, again I used protection for vaginal sex but not for oral sex, both ways. I did have not had any further symptoms since after the March 10th symptoms.
I started reading about thrush and found that with the other symptoms this was a symptom of possible hiv exposure, I believe referred to as ARS. I went in for an hiv antibody test on May 13th (64 days after the first possible exposure, 30 days from the second) and the result was negative.
After reading online I realized this was probably too quick for a definitive test and that a PCR DNA test would be more accurate for early detection, so I had the PCR DNA done on May 22nd. While waiting for the test results, the next day (May 23rd) I actually went to an std testing facility to actually talk to someone in the industry about hiv testing and risks (extreme anxiety) and had another antibody test done which was also negative. This was also negative and was 74 days after first possible exposure and 40 days from second exposure. The nurse told me that my tests for the first possible exposure was surely accurate (98%+) at this timeline and that the PCR would confirm the second exposure. Two days later the results came in from the PCR test and they were also negative. The nurse at the std clinic said in the event that the PCR test was negative I really didn't need to get tested again being as my risk was extremely low.
I don't have any problems getting tested as often as needed, but would really like some assurance from another source what these negative tests confirm or do not confirm and when and if I need to get tested again.
In also take methotrexate (six 2.5mg once a week) for RA, and also use an Advair inhaler
. I had also taken oral steroids during the March 10th risk time.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.