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Could it be Mono or HIV?


I recently had unprotected sex with someone. About three weeks later I went to the hospital not feeling well and they took blood, testing me for strep and mono because I had a swollen tonsil with puss and a swollen lymph node. The results of my blood test stated that I had mono. However, after researching a little when I got home. I realized that HIV and mono symptoms can reflect each other. I am freaking out that I may have HIV since I had unprotected sex with a new partner. I was wondering if my mono test could be incorrect and if the results could have been skewed due to acute HIV symptoms?

HIV will not give a false positive mono test. This test uses antibodies towards the virus that causes mono, and is pretty specific. That being said you could have both MONO and HIV. Did you voice your concerns at the hospital, they could have done a rapid HIV test as well to put your mind at ease.

The only way to find out if you have HIV is to get an HIV test. Some people experience some flu-like symptoms within a couple months after being infected with HIV, but it is impossible to tell the difference between flu symptoms caused by HIV infection and flu symptoms caused by actual flu.
HIV infection would not cause a false positive mono test. The HIV test and mono test are 2 different tests. It could take up to 3 months, or in very rare cases, up to 6 months, for someone to test positive for HIV after being infected. For peace of mind, get an HIV test 3 months after your last possible exposure.

While the symptoms are similar, the blood tests are not. They are two different types of tests. If you are still scared you can have an HIV test done to clear your mind.

I don't think its HIV because you said you have swollen tonsils and that's not a symptom of HIV. That website you were looking at was wrong. Dont panic mono is curable.

Mono is mono and HIV is HIV the two are not confused when under the microscope. However, have you learned anything about unprotected sex?

It would take at least 6 months for HIV to show up. And you wouldn't have any symptoms anyway.

But I bet you won't have unprotected sex again, huh?

you wouldn't be feeling the symptoms of HIV already...

Ummm, go get an HIV test, from your doctor.

dayum! your ******!.... dumbass

It is possible, if you were exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Some people develop a flu-like illness when they first become infected with HIV, usually two to six weeks after being infected. Doctors refer to this illness as acute retroviral syndrome, or primary HIV infection.

Early HIV symptoms may include:

* Fever
* Headache
* Fatigue
* Swollen lymph glands
* Rash

These early HIV symptoms usually disappear within a week to a month and are often mistaken for those of another viral infection. During this period, you are very infectious. More persistent or severe symptoms of HIV infection may not appear for 10 years or more after the initial infection.

HIV is diagnosed by testing your blood or oral mucus for the presence of antibodies to the virus. Unfortunately, HIV tests aren't accurate immediately after infection because it takes time for your immune system to make these antibodies 鈥?usually about 12 weeks after infection. Rarely, it can take up to six months for an HIV test to become positive.

If you're concerned that you might have been exposed to HIV, talk to your doctor about your testing options. There's no vaccine to prevent HIV infection and no cure for AIDS. But it's possible to protect yourself from infection. If you don't know the HIV status of your partner, use a new latex or polyurethane condom every time you have anal or vaginal sex.

AN01726

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