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Hi,, I am suffering from extreme anxiety. I had a test done at 23 days )HIV ag/ab combi test, i tested negative. I am really worried because now i have extremely achy muscles, diarrhea, i can feel a bad flu coming my way. Is the test reliable, doctor told me it is very assuring. I had unprotected sex with sex worker, maybe 5 seconds, washed and urinated after it, i am circumcised. I am very worried, has their been cases of people retesting positive as i am worried about symptoms. Please help really scared.

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Thank you for asking your query at DoctorSpring.

HIV Ag/Ab combination test is a reliable test without much false negative results. So basically its reliable and you consider yourself to be HIV negative. The test also looks for p24 antigen, which will occur early in the blood. (Usual tests only look for Antibodies)

The symptoms are probably unrelated. Early HIV is asymptomatic in most cases. The symptoms you are having is not typical of HIV sero conversion illness either. You will only need symptomatic treatment. You can take an OTC pain reliever like Ibuprofen for the aches. Diarrhea should resolve by itsown in 2-3 days. Drink planet of water, avoid milk and spicy food meanwhile.
Just to be sure (for your mental peace) you can do a repeat HIV antibody test after 5-6 weeks. I am sure this will also give a negative test and you can also be sure for the record

Hope this helps
Please feel free to ask followup questions.
Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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