When Is An Accurate Time For An HIV Test?
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. HIV or human immunodeficiency virus is a dangerous virus that can infect humans through sexual contact. Once in the human body, this virus will attack the immune system, making the person more susceptible to disease, which, when exposed, will have more severe symptoms and be harder to recover from. What makes this virus even more dangerous is that until now a cure has not been found.
The symptoms of the HIV virus are not specific, and in some people it may not cause symptoms for several years. Symptoms such as fever, sore throat, diarrhea, fatigue, muscle aches, and weight loss are also present in many other conditions, so it is difficult for us to determine whether your symptoms are due to HIV or not. Moreover, you feel these symptoms about 10 days after risky intercourse, even though symptoms appear, usually only a few weeks after infection.
Then regarding the HIV test, the recommendation is to take the test twice, the first about 4 weeks after exposure, and the second one is 12 weeks after the exposure. This relates to the immune system used to detect the HIV virus. So in your case, if you want to be more certain about whether you have HIV or not, we recommend that you do a retest at week 12 or month 3 post-exposure or post-risky intercourse. If the result is negative, it is likely that you are not infected with the HIV virus.
Meanwhile, stay healthy by not repeating these risky actions, maintain your diet, eat more vegetables, fruit and drink water, exercise regularly, avoid stress and get enough sleep. So, hopefully it answers your question.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa