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Author Topic: Sure I am infected, scared, need some advice quick please  (Read 3108 times)

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Offline jeffwalker123

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Sure I am infected, scared, need some advice quick please
« on: June 20, 2006, 12:18:37 PM »
I am currently aprox 30 days from what I thought was protected sex with a SW.  I had alot to drink, but I thought I was protected.   I am so scared right now, and have no one to turn to.  About 3 weeks after I have/had every ARS sysmptoms.  At exactly 3 weeks I had a fever that spiked to 101.5 for 3 days.  My throat hurt for 3 days and my tonsils have been swollen for 1 week with pus (still swollen).  I had a rash on my groin area with smal red bumps,  I had 3 red bumps on my torson which went away in a couple days.  Everytime I swallow or see my tonsils it reminds me I am inftected.  I may have lymph nodes present under my jaw.

What are the chances of all these symptoms three weeks from possible infection when I have every ARS symptoms?  It just could not be.

I had a whole battery of tests at 24 days. I do not have mono or strep.   All std's and hiv were neg.  Although it sounds like the hiv test done then is next to worthless.  I need some advice.  I am so scared.  Please send some encourgagment if you have any, i dont think there is any hope of not being infected right now....

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Re: Sure I am infected, scared, need some advice quick please
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2006, 12:30:29 PM »
We don't do the symptom thing here. You cannot, CANNOT diagnose HIV through symptoms, or through the internet - let alone both.

Drinking and casual sex with partners of unknown status is far riskier than most people believe, until they wake up not knowing whether the condom broke, whether they actually used one, et al.

Though in all likelyhood you were protected, I would recommend an HIv test at 13 weeks past your incident before you resume unprotected penetrative sex with your partner.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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Offline jeffwalker123

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Re: Sure I am infected, scared, need some advice quick please
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2006, 12:41:51 PM »
Just got 27 day neg antibody test.  I know I have to wait 13 weeks.  Is this at all suggestive of a neg result in the future or is it pointless to test this early.

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Re: Sure I am infected, scared, need some advice quick please
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2006, 12:44:55 PM »
I guess a 27 day test is a good indicator, since the average time to seroconversion is 22 days. But we really are splitting hairs here.

Like I said, you were most likely totally protected. My only testing recommendation is based on your stated uncertainty. Better safe than sorry, right?

In which case, your only real indicator will come at the six week mark, and then of course, the 1 week test is considered conclusive. I don't see the point of testing between now and then.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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Re: Sure I am infected, scared, need some advice quick please
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2006, 12:49:32 PM »
Thank you.  I cannot tell you how much your advice means to me.  Take care and be well.....

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Re: Sure I am infected, scared, need some advice quick please
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2006, 06:12:54 PM »
Yes, that negative at 27 days is a happy thing.

I'm not sure what you mean by you "thought" you were protected. You're doing the smart thing by getting tested since anytime there's any doubt about whether a condom was used then testing is the way to go.

It maybe of some comfort to you to know that HIV is a fragile virus and not easy to transmit. It is significantly harder to accomplish from female to male. So even IF you were unprotected the adds are still overwhelmingly in your favor against transmission having occured.

What you do need to pay attention to in the future is mxing excessive drinking with casual/impulsive intercourse. It's a very dangerous combination. So either less booze or keep your woody in your pants.

I do expect you to come out of this incident ok.

Cheers,
Andy Velez

 


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