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Old 07-08-2012, 09:33 AM   #1
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What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

I have completely convinced and regarded myself HIV positive, and am suffering from both mental and physical pains. Story is that I had a high-risk sex exposure with a sex worker this year, following that I started to have all HIV related symptoms as listed online: lesions, profuse night sweats, soar throat, chills, itchy on scalps/over body, rashes, white tongue, hand/feet numbness and stinging, weight loss, gum soars/tumor, muscle/joint pains, extreme fatigue/no energy at all, runny nose, cough, vomiting, diarrhea...etc. etc. many of these persisted for 5 months, and some were really sever as I felt dying and ended up going to the emergency room twice. Now I am still having bad muscle/joint pains and no energy for legs, rash on back, tumor on gum. I took anti-HIV drug AZT prescribed by my primary doctor for 3 weeks during the 3rd month after exposure, which had indeed helped relieve my symptoms a lot! After stopping AZT night sweats and soar throat, etc. came back! CD4 was only 530 and 31% (a tiny lower than normal range bound of 540 and 32%), WBC was higher and Lympa% was far below normal range, but No auto-immune was diagnosed. So, based on these, I am definitely convinced that I got HIV contraction. However, I tested HIV 1/2 antibody (2nd generation) Negative after 6 month! Yes, after 6 month (26 weeks)! I also tested the HIV-1 PCR DNA and RNA Viral load at 7th week after exposure (before AZT) and both were undetectable, also took the HIV-2 DNA at 5 month (2 months after AZT drug) which was not detected. I am confused, could not explain why AZT helped my body a lot, if it is not HIV what else it could be?? AZT is only treating HIV! I can only explain that I am a rare case to show antibody later. I tested Hepatitis A/B/C, and other regular STDs all negative. One clinic told me to test HIV out to 1 year! Now I am unable to do exercise such as run and walk far, suffering the fatigue, living in nightmare of HIV... Meanwhile, I am looking and praying for HIV cure and treatments etc for all of HIV sufferers.. Thank you for reading and advice.

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Old 07-08-2012, 09:42 AM   #2
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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

I not sure why he would have given you that medication apart from thinking you had a Viral infection which.

Anyway on to your tests. 3months is conclusive by the current cdc guide lines. 6 month tests were replaced in 2004. I have no idea whats wrong with you, but you tests have more than proved your HIV negative and you certainly do not need to test at 1 year on.

The course of action is to seek a doctor and keep working with them to get to the bottom of your illness, best of luck mate.
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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Thank you, Apollo123. The family doctor gave me AZT and said "help symptoms" and "preventive treatment", she also answered "if the drug help you, it means you got HIV". Later I visited one infectious disease doctor and he would not listen to me about symptoms and AZT effect etc., and he just run test and then said "well, I don't see HIV"...he didn't test me on HTLV, EBV etc. which I requested.

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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Buddy, the reason the infectious disease doctor told that he did not see HIV is because it is not present. Despite your beliefs and convictions that you have HIV you have been tested conclusively negative, 100% conclusive. And the reason he would not comment on your symptoms is the same reason they will not be commented on here. They have no bearing on a HIV status. The only way HIV is diagnosed is by an HIV test, yours was negative, 100%.

You can lead your life this way if you want but this is now through choice. You have now chosen to ignore your negative results and ignore all the medical science that as studied HIV for the last 30 years. There is nothing you can be offered on any HIV forum because you have tested consluively negative, whether you accept it or not. By fixating on something you clearly have not got and has been utterly and unequivocally ruled out you are actually is danger of overlooking the real issues that maybe the cause of your ailments. It is not HIV.

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Old 07-08-2012, 11:42 AM   #5
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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Thank you. When I found that AZT helped my health I believed the HIV infection, although I also believe that test is the only way to tell and symptoms and CD4 etc are not very reliable. However, the antibody tests through 6 months also surprised me. I guess I will keep HIV testing but also looking for if there are other causes?

 
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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Buddy, having needless HIV tests carries with it, its own risks. HIV testing is not infallible, sometimes the results from an HIV test returns a positive result even though that person does not have HIV. This is called a false positive, it happens, I have seen it happen and it is well documented it happens. The results if it happens can be devastating and cause serious psychological damage. The more you needless test the more you run the very real risk of a false positive, which can take time to sort out.

You have no need for any further HIV tests or concerns, you have not got it. You have tested negative. Please do yourself a huge favour, look elsewhere for the cause of your concerns, it is not HIV. The only person keeping HIV in your life now is you; this is by your own choice.

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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Their is no point testing for HIV, as you dont have it, its been ruled out by your doctor - fact. Your not going to get better by taking the same test over and over again are you?

For eg, if you tested negative for cancer would you still keep testing, of course you wouldnt.

Honestly it sounds like you have stress and anxity symptoms to me and by your very last statement, i think your current state of mind is not helping you. Really you need to leave it to the doctors, not your guess work
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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Thank you two! As I understand that PEP needs to test to 6 month, wonder I took the drug and even needs to take longer.

 
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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Buddy those on PEP do not need to test to 6 months. PEP lasts for 28 days and a conclusive HIV result is then available 3 months from the completion of PEP, making the total period 4 months. The only people that may be advised to test beyond the 3 months mark are those who have had chemotherapy, been on anti-rejection drugs after an organ transplant, been a long term street drug user or been on PEP. There are no other exceptions. Even these exceptions do not warrant testing to 6 months.

Do yourself a favour here buddy stop looking for ways to dismiss your conclusive negative results, you really have not got HIV.

Look mate I have seen lots of people disappear down the rabbit hole of denial, refusing point blank to accept their negative results. Totally convincing themselves that they are the exception to the rules, totally convinced that they are right and medical science, which has studied HIV in depth for the last 30 years, missed them and is wrong. They keep testing and testing. I have even come across one guy who kept testing for over four years, totally convinced he had HIV. The only thing they achieve is to ruin their own lives over nothing. This is now you call; you can choose to join them or put your HIV concern to bed.

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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Just some points to add:

* The doctor that prescribed you AZT was a quack. I hope you crossed the border to get AZT prescribed in Mexico, because if it happened here in the US, that person should have their license revoked. AZT is only appropriate for retroviruses (i.e. HIV).

* Your initial risk was not particularly high, because, if I read your post correctly, you don't even know whether your partner had HIV. You can't be exposed to HIV from someone who doesn't have it, and the overwhelming majority of sex workers are HIV negative (despite what you may have heard). Thus, the odds were overwhelmingly in favor of you testing negative.

* The beneficial effect of AZT on your 'symptoms' that you feel you experienced would have been a placebo affect. Psychosomatic symptoms, stress, etc. which are typical during an episode of HIV anxiety, are strongly responsive to placebo.

In summary: believe your infectious disease specialist, HIV has been ruled out, forget about it and this entire episode, you don't have it.

 
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:33 PM   #11
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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Joggen, thank you for care. I didn't cross the border to Mexico to get AZT lol. My family doctor prescribed me AZT after 15 days of exposure to "help symptoms" and "preventive treatment", I didn't go to the pharmacy to get it until after two months. Yes I made a big mistake not take AZT immediately after 15 days.... though somebody says PEP is only effective within 72 hours, but who knows? I prayed that AZT would not affect before taking it, after I realized that AZT indeed helped me in the first day, e.g. night sweats and soar throat were gone, I actually cried and cried because it convinced me that the virus is in my body. So I really don't see it was a placebo effect. Btw, my antibody test after 6-month exposure is 3 month after stopping AZT, so theoretically window period shall passed.

 
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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Buddy I am stunned here, seriously. PEP will only have a chance of preventing an HIV infection if prescribed and taken less than 72 hours after a risk of an HIV infection. Starting to take it 2 months after a possible exposure is a complete waste of time. You should never have been prescribed it at 15 days and you should not even bother taking it at 2 months.

It will have zero impact on an HIV infection and will have zero impact on your HIV status or tests, which are negative.

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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

what you need to really realize
no matter what you or anyone else out there thinks
the test is the FINAL determining factor for hiv here.
just because you still do not feel well after the test results
or what the circumstance of you being tested in the first place.
does not discount or diminish the test's accuracy in any way shape or form!
simply put
believe in your test results!
the reason you are having doubts with these results is not
a valid reason,maybe in your eyes it might
but to an outsider reading this like me
it isn't!
if you are not satisfied with your results
seek out a infectous disease doctor who specializes in such things
who can point you in the right direction.
a closed mind is not a good way to be...
good luck

 
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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

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what you need to really realize
no matter what you or anyone else out there thinks
the test is the FINAL determining factor for hiv here.
just because you still do not feel well after the test results
or what the circumstance of you being tested in the first place.
does not discount or diminish the test's accuracy in any way shape or form!
simply put
believe in your test results!
the reason you are having doubts with these results is not
a valid reason,maybe in your eyes it might
but to an outsider reading this like me
it isn't!
if you are not satisfied with your results
seek out a infectous disease doctor who specializes in such things
who can point you in the right direction.
a closed mind is not a good way to be...
good luck
Thats all you have to understand, your HIV negative Fact
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Re: What happened to me HIV test after 6 months

Hi WhereHope, HTLV can cause leg weakness, white tongue, high CD4 count, back pain. Please connsider testing for it. Though testing for HTLV antibody is very diffculat cause no one knows the window period and doctors are blank when they hear about HTLV. PCR test would be helpfull if repeated antibody test is negative. Good luck....

 
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