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itsalrightma:
Hi! Just have a couple questions...i had unprotected vaginal sex in late march, and was tested for HIV at 10.5 weeks...negative. is this conclusive? I have had some irregularities in regard to my health lately..i had bacterial vaginosis 2 months ago, a UTI and yeast infection 2 wks ago, and what I think seems to be another yeast infection.  Also, I had the flu w a sore throat and extremely achy body around the time I had a UTI..maybe this was connected? I think the reason why I had all of these vaginal problems was because that was the first time I ever had unprotected intercourse; maybe the semen altered my vaginal pH.  I also have myself convinced that I have oral thrush (my tongue is a tad whitish, but the doc said it was normal...if it was thrush the doctor would have to diagnose it, correct? also, I am aware that perhaps this could be due to the flagyl i took for the bv) I am, however, quite nervous about maybe these things being connected to HIV and it would be VERY helpful to have some input.  Thank you so much. peace to all.

Ann:
itsalright,

Symptoms or the lack of symptoms mean nothing when it comes to hiv infection. Only testing at the correct time will reliably inform you of your hiv status.

An hiv test is not considered conclusive until it is taken at the 12-13 week mark. Although your 10.5 week negative is unlikely to change, you should test again so you can put this behind you.

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL STIs together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with a sexually transmitted disease.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results. Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv.

I fully expect your conclusive test to also come back with negative results.

Ann

itsalrightma:
Thanks for the info.  If I were infected to the point that I was having recurring yeast infections, etc, wouldn't my body already have developed the antibodies to the virus? and therefore I would have tested + at 10.5 weeks if hiv were what was causing these problems?

Ann:
itsalright,

Yes, that is an accurate assessment.

Once a woman gets a yeast infection, it is very easy to keep getting them. We all have the organism (candida) that causes yeast infections in and on our bodies all the time. We also have beneficial bacteria that keep candida in check. Things like antibiotic use and changes in the pH levels in your vagina can upset the delicate balance between candida and beneficial bacteria and cause what we call a yeast infection. All I have to do is look at a bottle of antibiotics and I get one - and that's been going on since I was fifteen. It's nothing to do with hiv.

As for your hiv result, it is absolutely unlikely to change. However, I have to stick to the official window period of 12-13 weeks and that is why I suggest to you to get your conclusive test so you can put this behind you with complete confidence. A conclusive negative result will allow you to move on with your life without having a nagging doubt at the back of your mind.

And please, look through those condom and lube links in my signature line. Be sure to check out the bottom three links on the left-hand side of either of those pages. They talk about female condoms and female condoms also protect against hiv infection and very importantly, they give you the control over condom use. I sometimes use them and they're very good. But even if you choose to stick with the traditional male condom, you can make sure your fella is using them properly, so get reading!

Please remember to insist on condoms in the future. You don't want to end up with hiv and condoms will prevent that happening to you.

Ann

itsalrightma:
Alright, I will go get tested again in a week so I'll know for sure.  I've been getting quite a bit of acne on my clavicle/shoulders area...although I'm prone to acne this seems much more than usual.  Can the rash that accompanies hiv infection resemble acne (i.e. whiteheads that can be popped)?

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