You're very welcome for whatever help I may have given you. I think your plan is an excellent one! If you test again this month, you will have 100% conclusive results and can put this behind you.
Do make sure you have a blood drawn test and preferably at a reputable lab. No more home test kits.
Good luck if you decide to do some therapy. It can only help.
Have a great and safe summer!
RNA tests, if done within the window period of 9-14 days, will show a positive result based on the presence of the virus. This test was approved by the FDA in 2006, and while it is considered "diagnostic," it is NOT a "stand alone" test, meaning you will still need confirmatory testing later.
Your test was negative and since then, within the proper window period, you have had two more negative results.
You do NOT have HIV.
What you DO have at this point is some pretty heavy duty anxiety and it's a very wise move on your part to be seeking therapy to help you through this.
You do not need to test anymore, but it's perfectly understandable if, for your peace of mind, one final test will convince you, then by all means DO IT.
Any test that is based on a blood draw will be 100% conclusive at this point, but taking into consideration your anxiety, I recommend you have a qualified lab (such as LabCorp) do this test. (One less thing for you to be anxious about)
I hope you will let us know when your FINAL results are back.
We do NOT give lectures here, but I have no doubt that after this experience you will ALWAYS (PLEASE) use a condom.
I wish you the best
If you've had high-risk exposure to HIV within the last few days, you should ask your test counselor about PEP - Post Exposure Prophylaxis (learn more about PEP).
What's the specific window period for different types of HIV tests?
Antibody tests ("Rapid" tests) — give a positive result based on antibodies to HIV, not the virus itself. It takes your body up to 3 months to produce these antibodies at levels that can be detected by this test.
4-6 weeks (up to 3 months) after infection, most people will have enough antibodies to test positive
12 weeks (3 months) after infection, about 98% of people will have enough antibodies to test positive.
Home testing kits — As of Fall 2012, there are two "home tests" which have been approved by the FDA for use in the U.S.:
OraQuick by OraSure is an antibody test that you complete at home, usually conducted using oral fluid. According to the manufacturer, the window period is 3 months.
Home Access HIV-1 by Home Access Health Corp is not actually a test, but a sample-collection kit. You use it to collect a blood sample which you then mail to a lab for processing.
PCR tests (Polymerase chain reaction tests) — also test for the actual virus. This type of test is often used for testing the viral load of HIV-positive people, as well as testing babies born to HIV-positive mothers. You can read more about PCR tests on the AIDS.gov website.
2-3 weeks after infection, there will be enough viral material for a positive result
I got a 4th gen ELISA today, 6 months after exposure: negative.
Time to move on!
Thank you for your kind support.