Can HIV tests give a false negative?
Q: I have done several tests after my last exposures: DNA PCR during window period, Tridot after 3 months, Unigold after 6 months and all tests are negative. But I am having a lot of problems such as fever, loss of appetite, weight loss. I don't know what to do; is it a possibility that I am positive and the results are not right? Should I start medications as I am really petrified and don't know what to do. I'll be getting married in another month's time should I cancel it?
A:You are not infected, stop worrying. Do not start medication. Even if HIV positive, it is most unwise to start anti-retroviral treatment at an early stage. As far as you are concerned, I see no reason to believe that you are HIV infected. You have had several tests, they have always been negative. So stop worrying and please go ahead with your marriage plans. I wish you a very happy married life. Please remember not to subject yourself to these worries again. Avoid all casual sex and risk exposure. Please remember that condoms offer a great deal of protection but they are not 100% safe. Your worries and tension may be contributing to your illness. If symptoms persist, see a doctor about treating them; these symptoms can be due to other things than HIV.