I had a possible high risk sexual encounter. I'm not sure if the condom was used properly. I am assuming it was not
I was tested for HIV at 14 days with a rapid test, at approx. 4 weeks with an RNA and Antibody test and again at 34 days with another RNA and 4th Gen test. All of these were negative.
I have so many questions about the RNA, I see so much back and forth online. If I was someone whos body kept it under control would these still be somewhat reliable? Is the only problem with RNA which makes them not good for diagnosing that they are expensive and give false positives? With that said, should I just take the neg RNA twice and accept it? If they look for the virus and not antibodies or antigens, what are the chances of it not finding enough virus at 4-5 weeks? What are the chances of false negatives?
I have had antibody tests before so I know the two weeks was too early, but at a month and at 5 weeks should I feel good? That is including the antigen. I mean like I said, I had an antibody test before which was negative at a month only for me to find out later on that I tested too soon. Are HIV antibodies more aggressive than others and show up faster?
What are the chances that I am (I think this is right) an elite controller? Would any of these tests still give me an accurate result?
I know 3 months is almost 100% and 6 months is the same if not 100%, but based on these should I still be worried? Is there any chance that I should still be in doubt?
I am very worried about this. I have been having trouble sleeping, I have lost like 10lbs and such and just do not even feel like eating half the time. I am not sure if it is tied to it somehow or not...
Please if you respond do not just say wait and test in 3 months, please give information and whatnot that is useful.
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