Non-reactive Vct Test Results 5 Weeks After Taking Risky Actions?
On December 23, I did a risky activity that is related to unprotected sex, then on February 13 I did a VCT test and the results were non-reactive, and during those 2 months I only experienced symptoms of joint pains as much as 1 time, then have I been stated really not exposed to viruses?
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To understand more about HIV testing, there are some things we need to know about HIV infection. When the human body is exposed to germs, both bacteria, viruses, and fungi, the body will form a body's defense system called antibodies to fight these germs. Especially for the HIV virus, antibodies to HIV will begin to form since the initial exposure, but usually after 3 months the amount is sufficient to be detected on a rapid test. Keep in mind that HIV testing is a test to detect the presence of antibodies to the HIV virus, not to detect the virus itself.
Therefore, HIV testing in people at risk (history of changing sexual partners without using safeguards, history of making tattoos, history of using syringes, etc.) is recommended to be done at least twice, within a period of 3 or 6 months thereafter, with conditions in the period the patient was not re-exposed by the HIV virus. If you have done the examination and the results are negative, I advise you to check again 3 or 6 months afterwards.
On the other hand, in each type of infection there is the term incubation period, which is the lag time needed since the patient is exposed to the infection, until the onset of symptoms. For the HIV virus, the incubation period is relatively longer than for other infections, which is around 5-10 years, even more depending on the patient's immune system. This means, if you suspect that the exposure to the HIV virus is in 2018, then the earliest symptoms that can appear are in 2023 to 2028. The symptoms that can occur are such as prolonged diarrhea (more than 14 days), high fever (above 38-39 C), fungus appears in the mouth, drastic weight loss, and is easily affected by other infections.
Thus the information from me, do not forget to always get used to a healthy lifestyle, and avoid having sex outside of marriage or changing partners, using syringes, making tattoos, and other things that can increase your risk of getting HIV.