HIV test negative after 18 months now
hi i had high risk exposure with HIV positive girl then i did HIV antibodies test after 3 weeks ,3 months,6months,12 months,15 months,and now 18 months all were negative but i have white coated tongue and pain on it and phelgum from exposure pls advice me what i do now?
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver online helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
Current international HIV testing guidelines suggest testing at or after 12 weeks post exposure for conclusive results. As such, your many negative results obtained past that date are conclusive for no current HIV infection, provided that you have not had any further possible exposures in the interim. You may wish to speak to your primary health care provider regarding your oral symptoms for medical management of them; however, you can rest assured that they are in no way related to a possible HIV infection. That said, we do encourage all sexually active individuals to opt for regular STI (including HIV) testing for their safety and the safety of their partners. Depending on the individual, this may on an annual, biannual, or every 3-4 month basis.
I would also like to point out that people, regardless of HIV status, are not determinants of the level of 'risk' of a sexual situation. Activities, such as unprotected penetrative sex or sharing needles for drug use are considered 'high risk' activities. Using protection, regardless of who you have sex with, especially since one can never be completely certain of the HIV status of one's sexual partners, reduces the risk for acquiring HIV in any sexual situation. This is why we encourage all individuals to use protection when having sex.
I hope this helped to answer your question and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
All the best,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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