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A 40-year-old male asked:

Had unprotective sex w gf starting on 1/13 & last time 1/24. she said she's neg for hiv/aids. i tested neg for gh, cl & syph on 1/17. now want to get aids test. too soon? sore throat at times since 1/20. how likely is it to be hiv symptom?

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Not Likely: It is very unlikely to be a presenting symptom of HIV and it wouldn't be from her if she was tested a few weeks ago. You would of had to have had it for probably a few years already. It is never too soon to get an HIV test. Go get yours today and use condoms if you are so worried about STD's.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Sore throat alone is almost never due to HIV, and heterosexually transmitted HIV remains rare in situations like this. Since you're apparently worried about your partner's HIV risks, also get tested for common STDs -- much higher risk than HIV.
Jan 29, 2017
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Too soon to test: A negative result this soon after potential exposure to HIV would not rule out infection. If this is the only exposure you are concerned about, you may wait 6 months to get a HIV nucleic acid test. In the interim, practice safe sex.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Maybe Dr. Singh is thinking of a different kind of HIV test. The standard HIV blood test (4th generation, antigen-antibody test) is conclusive any time 4 weeks or more after exposure.
Jan 29, 2017
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
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Dr, Handsfield: The fourth generation test is definitive, more or less, if positive at four weeks. However it misses about 5 % of the infections at 4 weeks. At 12 weeks after exposure, 99.5% of the infections are detectable. I generally recommend doing HIV nucleic acid test at 6 months after potential infection to rule out HIV, not to diagnose, which as you stated can be done much earlier.
Jan 30, 2017
Dr. Geraldine Goertzen
Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
Not likely: If your girlfriend has been tested and does not have HIV, and you have no other possible sources, it is not HIV. It takes weeks for the HIV blood test to show a new infection. If you were tested now, it would only show what you had before this new contact. People who think they were exposed to HIV in health care test at 6 weeks and 6 months.
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