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I understand your concern
Since, you have taken PEP it is recommended taking HIV tests (because PEP may prolong the appearance of antibodies) at 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months post exposure. Negativity at 6 weeks as in your case is definitely a good sign but follow-up tests for confirmation are recommended. Negativity at 6 weeks and 3 months post exposure is conclusive that you are HIV free. Your symptoms may occur as side effects of PEP. So please do not worry for now and repeat test at 3 months again.
Feel free to discuss.
Patient replied :
Thanks for the reply.
I took PEP(viraday - combination of 3 meds) for just 7 days after which my Doc said that i should stop taking it. I am confused why this can be done. Looking at my PCR RNA results, he told me that i can stop taking PEP. He then gave me Zoster(zovirax) and Greatum 500. Can 7 days PEP and these 2 medicines affect my HIV duo result at 6 weeks?
what are my chances of being free from HIV?
can i go for Duo or PCR test after 8 weeks exposure?
How many people turn out to be false negative after 6 weeks for duo test?
I am even having headaches at the back of my head, can it be a problem or just because of anxiety and stress?
PCR test is extremely sensitive, and hence you do not need to worry.
The headache is definitely from your stress levels.
The medicines won't affect the virus. If you got it, it will be detected. I will request you to repeat the test at the end of the 3rd month.
In my opinion, considering your values from Lal path labs, you are free of HIV.