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Offline Moses

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3 Questions...
« on: August 20, 2007, 06:30:19 PM »
Hi everybody,

Iím found this site and immediately sign-on to it. Iím very worried; Iíve been exposed with the HIV. My partner got infected while weíre not seeing each other for a period of 3 or 3 and half months. We reunited and he asked me to get tested, because he told me that he had an affair while I was gone. He never told me that he didnít use protection with that guy.

Needless to say, I had unprotected sex with him, Iím the top partner, and the incidence was oral and anal sex. He didnít climax in my month, but I tested his semen and another occasion within those two days I had unprotected anal sex with him, I was inside of him for a short period to help him have his climax. I used my semen to penetrate him.

We got tested the week after and he tested reactive to the EIA. He had tested for the Western Plot test and it was confirmatory. He was also positive for Syphilis. I was tested for syphilis also and the results were negative.

After the third week of exposure, I started to develop weird low-fever on my hand palms, back, legs, arms; not all simultaneously (always partially). Headaches, nausea, rash, browses, molucus contagious, and oral ulcers, my body temperature has never arisen above 100 F; but I felt discomfort when I reached 98.9 or 99.6.

I got tested after 2, 3 and 5, 6 months of exposure and the results were negative (also for Syphils).  Even a PCR test after two and half months after exposure, the results was that the Amplicor test was not able to detect ARN-HIV below 400 copies. The symptoms I was describing at the beginning haven't ceased, Iím desperate and donít know what to do now. Do I have HIV? Am I having an acute retroviral syndrome? Why would the tests came out negative?

Please help!!!! ??? ???
Thank you, Moses

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Re: Am I infected?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2007, 06:35:27 PM »
You've reliably tested negative, you do not have HIV. Always use condoms and water base lube.

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Re: Am I infected?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2007, 06:59:26 PM »
Moses,

The window period for both hiv and syphilis is three months. You were conclusively negative when you tested negative at three months and you are still hiv negative.

Make sure you always use condoms and you will remain hiv negative.

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 sexually transmitted infections together. To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex with a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

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

Although you do not need further testing for this specific incident, 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.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple.

Please see your doctor about your physical problems. You have already ruled out hiv and syphilis - but there are other illnesses in the world besides those two. We cannot tell you what is causing your problems, we can only tell you it is not hiv. See your doctor to find out what really is going on.

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Worried!!!
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2008, 12:35:34 PM »
Hello to all,

First of all I want to thank you all for being here for people like us, who comes with doubts, fears, who seeks support; and listen to our sadden and stressful stories.

Iím looking for support, since I was exposed Iím too paranoid; know well, though. I need psychological help. Next is my story.

On Feb 9/2007 my partner and I got back together from a 3 or 3 and a half month we were apart. At that time he went out with 2 men, who one of them passed him the HIV infection. We talked about getting ourselves checked, and agreed to get tested, but the two days I spent with him before we did any type test we had risks. Iím the top partner and one occasion within the two risks I took I used my semen as lubricant to penetrate him and help him to reach climax. We never knew, well I never knew the possibility that he may be infected. The next week after, we got tested, I was okay and he didnít, he was reactive to an EIA and positive for Syphilis. He got a confirmation for his infection. After that the things fell apart for us, for me.

About the third week of exposure I started to develop strange symptoms, not all at once (partial body ďfevers/heatĒ (hands, arms, back, legs, head; 99.4 to 99.9 F was my body temp enough to feel disconfort), skin rash, molluscos infections, oral ulcers, joint aches, headaches, nausea, bruises), but made me to believe I was in my ARS, my world collapsed in front of me, I was reading too much about the disease, my body was reveling almost all the ARS symptoms. I was so scared, so hopeless.

Two months and a half I waited to get tested for HIV and for Syphilis, the results were good. In the same week a friend of mine helped me to get a PCR test, the results were that I may had less than 400 copies of the virus because the Amplicor Test is designed to detect over 400 to 750,000 copies, not less. I went to my doctor I showed him my results, he said that basically my PCR was negative, that I was okay. But I had my doubts, because the results didnít say ďUndetectableĒ, my fears went more further by the time went by, the symptoms were not ceased for the next 7 months, and feared the worst. The follow test results I had performed were in a 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12 month period after the exposure and came back negative, thank to God.

In September/2007 I decided to leave my partner, there were too many problems that I, we couldíve handled. Iíve known a friend for quite a while; heís the one who helped me get the PCR test. Well to say a long story short, he and I become a couple (Dec/2007), I know heís okay, we got checked for HIV together (April/2007, October/2007 and Feb/2008). Weíve had protected and unprotected sex, which leave me too tense for fearing that I may have something, that the tests I had werenít able to detect. I know that is only in my head. Well, the relationship didnít last, my paranoid thoughts, thinking now that he may have something turned the relationship down. During this past month my ex (the one who has HIV) called me, weíre seeing each other since, not as a relationship way, because I leave very clear that I did not want anything to do with him sexually. That I was there for him as a friend and nothing more.

He tried so many times to get us back together the way we were before, but was useless, I canít. Well, Iíve spent days with him; I had breakfast, lunch and dinner with him...

Hereís where my mind started to get crazy again... weeks before I left my current partner I started to develop weird mild, very mild sweats at night, I was talking and seeing my ex at the time. Two weeks ago I had sort a flu symptoms, sore throat, again sweats which I couldnít associate them from a fever at night, very mild, feeling my back, neck and between my legs humid. The sweats I was experiencing didnít happen only at night, I started to feel them at daytime also, and I was so terrified that I may have something, I got over the flu and the ďsweatsĒ, and it lasted like a week. On Sunday last week I thought the flu was gone, and I went outside without a sweater that day, the weather itís not good it is cold still, and needless to say, I got back the sore throat that lasted almost the whole week.

My mind started to go crazy thinking that my ex has must done something to pass me his infection. May be putting something in the food heíd prepare for me or I donít knowÖ I havenít done anything with him, anything. I donít even have a tooth blush at this houseÖ

Are any studies ever performed over passing the virus through food? Tea, coffee, soda?

I know Iím nuts, please help!!!
Moses

P.S. Iím a hypochondriac, need advice for peace of mind, Iím terrified about the next test Iíll be takingÖ

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Re: Worried!!!
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2008, 02:06:03 PM »
You are beyond the scope of help that you can obtain from Internet. Seek out professional mental help.

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Re: Am I infected?
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2008, 03:18:49 PM »
1. I've merged your threads. Please keep your entries in this same thread.

2. You have conclusively and reliably tested negative for HIV. You are HIV negative.

3. HIV is not transmitted via any of the scenarios you are conjuring up.

4. Discuss your physical symptoms with your doctor. Stress can be expressed through all sorts of physical manifestations. Neverthless it's always good to check matters out medically. Whatever is going on has nothing to do with HIV.

5. As Rod suggested, get yourself to a therapist or other like professional to get help with sorting out what's going on emotionally. We can't help you with that.

Good luck to you.
Andy Velez

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Re: Am I infected?
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2008, 09:57:28 AM »
Thank you Andy, Ann, Rod! I'll seek help! :)

Offline Moses

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3 Questions...
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2008, 08:51:19 PM »
Hello to all,

Iím posting three questions hope youíll find time to respond themÖ

1) What does STATS mean? Ann posted a response using this acronym; did she mean statistics?

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=22106.0

2) Has anyone heard of the timo/thymus gland stimulation term? I social worker once told me that by 'stimulating' sort of speak this ďglandĒ by putting one or two fingers poking right down your neck/throat in between your clavicle bone, at the point of feeling sort of choking; that it would help your immune system, that for those with HIV will get low viral load on their test results.

3) If this is true, what if you got exposed to HIV and you take an EIA test in 3 or 6 more months after the exposure; would this interfere with your results?

Thank you,
M

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2008, 09:26:35 PM »
Wrong forum. You should have posted in the "Am I Infected" forum.

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2008, 04:40:18 AM »
Moses,

I removed your thread "3 Questions" from the Off Topic forum and merged it here, with your thread in Am I Infected, which is the ONLY place you should be posting hiv related questions. Please READ and ABIDE by the posting guidelines in our Welcome Thread. Thank you for your cooperation.

If you're still worried about the situations you've posted about above, you are conclusively hiv negative and your lastest questions are irrelevant.

Please seek counseling. You are beyond the scope of this forum.

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Scratches/bites
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2008, 07:33:32 PM »
Hi to all,

Hope I don't get banned for posting silly questions regarding HIV transmission...

My friend who is HIV positive bought a little puppy to sort of helping him getting his mind distracted from this illness, I've talked about him here before... Well the question... his dog likes to bite a lot and when he does he scratches as well. In different occasions had bitten and scratches (not hard) my friend 'till the point of exposing some blood. I know that the virus only functions in humans, but what about if this puppy does his thing with him (blood exposed) and the puppy bites or scratch me afterwards?

Should be worried? On two or more occasions this happened, and till the point I bled.

Please advice...

Thank you,
M

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Re: Scratches/bites
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2008, 07:49:14 PM »
Your questions will NOT be answer until you return to your orginal thread.

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2008, 08:28:41 PM »
You cannot contract HIV from animals.

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2008, 08:35:07 PM »
You've been told before about keeping your entries in this one thread. Once again I have merged them. If you start a new thread again you're going to get a time out.

You already know the answer to your question or you ought to after the time you have spent here. Of course there is no risk from that situation. Instead of asking these kinds of questions which your better sense already knows the answers to, how about respecting us and yourself by reading the lesson on transmission. There's a link to it in the Welcome thread which opens this section.  
Andy Velez

Offline Moses

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Lesson learned...
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2008, 08:42:02 PM »
Andy,

 I truly apologize for taking time from you guys with the last silly questions I asked; and for starting new threads.

You were right on your last reply, the time I spent knowing these forums I should know most the questions I may have. Please forgive my insecurities, you guys can't help me on that; only for the purposes these forums are about.

If I asked them, was just for reassurance.

Thank you and God bless you all,
M

Offline Moses

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One question...
« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2009, 01:13:42 PM »
Hello & greetings Andy, Ann, Rapidrod & supporters,

Thank you for such extraordinary website, when I'm stressed over situations my mind considers "risky" I read some of the cases posted here in this Forum, and it relaxes me.

I never came across of the next situation I would like to ask, though I felt stupid about it and paranoid, I still would like to ask it.

Here's my story/situation:

I spent the weekends with my ex-bf, his poz & been under meds over more than a year, his vl is undetectable (so as he said).

He could be very stubborn (I think mean or vengeful sometimes), he likes to have situations under his control and not otherwise... Not going far, recently I had some bad arguments with him. Though I never saw or felt anything out of the ordinary, that might endanger me... but the fear is there.  What if he tries to prick me with an infected hollow or sew needle while I'm sleeping? I'm sure I would feel it, but what if I can't? Does the virus stay active long enough that can be transmitted that way?

I've been having some weird symptoms & and I got paranoid (last Friday I felt like I was going to get the flu, I had body aches, tiredness, a very awful headache & a fever 100.9 F. I took some pills for the flu; my body temperature got normal after a few hours. Never had runny nose, cough or sore throat; only body ache, tiredness & fever. I think I got my back-ear lymphs swollen. The body aches lasted like a two or three days).

I don't have any sexual activity with my ex-bf.

Please evaluate my situation...  ???

Thank you & God bless!
M

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2009, 01:47:16 PM »
This kind of what if situation is not something we can take seriously. You haven't reported doing anything which would have put you at risk for HIV.

Concerns about the flu are something you should discuss with your doctor.

If you are going to continously be worrying about your HIV status in relation to your HIV positive bf, how about seeing a counselor or other professional and discussing your concerns. Many, many thousands of sero-discordant couples are having good lives together in every way, including sexually while protected the health of the sero-negative partner. Get some help with your problem. We can't address that properly in this setting.
Andy Velez

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Worried about my bf...
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2010, 03:42:21 PM »
Hi to all!

I have a situation I would like advice from the experts, my bf is a phlebotomist, and this last Monday he got accidently pricked by an infected hollow baby needle after he withdrawn blood from this baby. The baby boy it's POZ. What could be possibility for him to become infected?

He's started PEP already.

We're both tested negative when we began intimate 4 months ago, just retested again and we still do. Prior to this incidence we didn't use protection. Now we'll have to.

Can you please advice?

Thank you & appreciate your help!!!

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2010, 03:54:47 PM »
Wait a minute, when you began this thread you said your partner had become HIV+ during a period when you two had broken up.

Now you're saying he's negative and you are worried about his having gotten infected through this recent incident?

What's the real story here?

Please clarify.
Andy Velez

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2010, 05:35:17 PM »
Sorry about the confusion. This is a new guy I'm dating. My ex-bf who's HIV+ is in the past.

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2010, 07:39:47 AM »
Moses,

PEP has a very good track record in occupational accidents like this - that's why they use it. Your boyfriend has a very good chance of coming out of this hiv negative.

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2010, 08:28:27 AM »
Thank you very much Ann! God Bless!

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2010, 08:43:41 AM »
Also, I just want to remind you that in the meantime you guys need to be using condoms for anal intercourse. And you should continue to use them until such time as both of you test negative at a reliable testing point.  AND no less important, that you have both committed to being in a securely monogamous relationship.

Until if and when that is the case, condoms are a must everytime.
Andy Velez

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Re: 3 Questions...
« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2010, 06:54:38 PM »
Thank you Andy! We will, God Bless!!!

 


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