I am currently very worried about my HIV status. I would like to receive your opinion about my chances to be positive.
I had an unprotected (broken condom) event on 12th of Jan 2014. Unfortunately the lady was also bleeding and I was the active part in an oral session too. So there was definitively a risk as I do not know here status. In worst case she was freshly positive with a very high viral load.
I took a VIKIA 1/2 rapid test 5 weeks later (negative)
very normal haemogramm 5 weeks later.
Rapdi test (unknown brand) 6,5 weeks later negative
same day HIV-1 RNA PCR (abbot real time, subtypes M, N, O and P )negative
At 8 weeks a screening test CMIA includingP24 antigen - also negative.
After 5-6 weeks I was facing flue like symptoms like, fatigue, sore throat, weight loss (3KG)
After 7 weeks a dry cough started which is still present (@ 9th week) still feeling weak and fatigue.
Of course some symptoms can also be caused by the extreme stress I am currently facing plus a common flue which is currently present everywhere around me. But I have never been sick for almost 3 weeks.
I know that the RNA test is not approved for diagnosis of HIV due to several reasons (false positive, elite controllers, costs) but can I assume that in my case the test must had been positive in case of a “fresh” infection?
Does my thallassemia minor influence the creation of antibodies? I read that modern test should be conclusive at 8 weeks in case the immune system is not harmed (eg. miss use of alcohol, medicine after transplantation, cortisone etc.) Is that correct?
Do the above mentioned test assure that I am not infected so that I can return to my normal life and also have unprotected sex with my wife again?
Would a test at 9,5 weeks make any difference? I can definitely not wait till the 12 week mark.