Mouth Feels Dry After HIV Test With Non Reactive Results?
Want to ask. I just did a HIV test a week ago and the results are non reactive. I had my last relationship 5 months ago. But after the test results came out, I still had doubts. Moreover, now I feel that my salivary glands taste less like usual (so my mouth is dry). After I read several sources on the internet, it was said that if a person has decreased the number of salivary glands, it means that the person has decreased immunity. So, how about it? I am very scared about this
Hi Rizjah, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com
There are many types of HIV testing. Each type of HIV test has different accuracy and can detect HIV at different times. All types of HIV testing available today, including the rapid HIV test (rapid test), already have very good accuracy. In 95% of people, HIV can be detected through examination with a rapid test approximately 4 weeks after exposure. If the results are negative in the examination performed 4 weeks after exposure, the examination can be repeated 3 months after exposure. HIV would have been detected in 99.9% of people if the test was done at 3 months post exposure. If you have an HIV test approximately 5 months after exposure to HIV and the results are negative / non-reactive, chances are that you do not have HIV.
Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of things, not just an immune system disorder. The following are some of the things that can cause dry mouth:
dehydration or not drinking enough fluids
profuse breathing from the mouth (for example due to nasal congestion)
consumption of certain drugs (including over-the-counter drugs such as antihistamines, cold medicines, etc.)
the presence of nerve damage
smoking and drinking alcohol
certain diseases such as diarrhea, Sjogren's syndrome, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, etc.
In the meantime, try to drink more fluids (drink 2-3 liters of water every day), smoke less and avoid drinking alcohol, avoid using illegal drugs, avoid the habit of breathing through the mouth. If you are currently using certain medical drugs, consult your doctor about using these drugs. Henceforth, avoid unsafe sexual intercourse (changing partners), and use condoms during sexual intercourse.
If after trying the methods above you still experience dry mouth, consult your doctor directly so that further tests can be done.
Here are articles you can read about dry mouth
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