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I have tested negative at 3 wks and at 9 wks for a ten panel

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I have tested negative at 3 wks and at 9 wks for a ten panel text of std's including Hiv I and Hiv 2 and the RNA early detection hiv test. Now I have pain in my muscles and bones and my lymph nodes under my arms are swollen and sore and they did have a red itchy rash. Could these test for hiv have been negative? If not what could be causing my problem. I am also very weak.
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Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.

Hi there,


Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.

I understand your concern.

These HIV tests are accurate.

RNA detection test along with HIV antibody tests are very sensitive especially after 9 weeks.

The sensitivity approaches over 99%.

So these symptoms are not HIv related.

Do not worry

Expert:  Dr. Cameron replied 2 years ago.


I am one of the HIV experts. If you have had RNA early detection test then it is 99.8% accurate. It is hard for me to say whether or not the ones done at 3 and 9 weeks are accurate because if they are antibody only, you are still in the window period.

That being siad, if you are having swollen nodes and rash, this could be another viral infection, like mononucleosis or CMV.

If the nodes are still swollen after another few weeks, I would talk to your doctor about getting one of them biopsied to rule out blood related cancers (lymphoma)

I hope that this helped.

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