and HIV testing
Thanks for choosing health care magic for your query.
I have gone through your query and I understand your concern about HIV testing discrepancies.
I would like to elaborate on the HIV pathogenesis and HIV testing to clear your doubts.
Semen and vaginal fluids are very rich in HIV particles and HIV enters the body through small abrasions caused in the mucous membranes covering the genitalia during sexual intercourse.
After entry, virus reaches the local lymph
nodes and multiplies there. It takes 4-11 days to spill back into the blood and is then detectable in the blood.
So technically there is no test to detect HIV immediately after exposure for at least 4 days.
Tests of choice in early exposure is p24 antigen detection and PCR for HIV DNA/RNA
against HIV develop from 3 weeks to 12 weeks after exposure (21 days to 3 months).
This period varies in different individuals, so 100th day test for HIV antibodies is preferred.
Answers to your queries:
1. Yes, you have tested enough for HIV and you are definitely HIV negative.
2. Many individuals who are HIV positive are asymptomatic. There there is no real correlation between symptoms and antibody formation. I would not be worried about HIV if tests are negative even you had symptoms similar to HIV.
I hope I have cleared your doubts.
Please get back if I cam assist you further.