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Offline martyboy24

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Continuing symptoms
« on: February 14, 2008, 05:35:11 AM »
Hi everyone.

Here is a brief run-down of my situation. Back in August 07 I had an encounter with a CSW in Poland. Was very drunk at the time but believed I was fully protected, a condom was certainly used for a start, just cant remember if it was still in place/intact by the end.

Around October 07 I started having some weird symptoms, pain in my groin and back and a general fatigue. Had numerous blood tests etc and doctors could find nothing abnormal. I wasnt even relating the CSW encounter to this incident intially but started to become anxious after doctors tests didnt turn anything up. Decided to have a full STD screen including hiv ELISA test. Took the test at 14 weeks post exposure and everything came back negative.

Since then I am still experiencing symptoms; intermittent diahareia, pain in my groin, thighs, knees, calfs, arms, underarms.. Also very cold feet. I'm having trouble sleeping also. Have not suffered any fevers or rashes.

Anxiety over HIV has been a constant factor also. Went for another test just for reassurance, this was another ELISA tset at 21 weeks post exposure. Again this came back negative.

I realise 21 weeks isnt quite out to the 26 weeks recommended by the CDC and I am worried that the fact I am still experiencing symptoms means that my body is still trying to produce antibodies and so the tests wouldnt be positive yet.

I am just looking for some reassurance that I can trust my 21 weeks negative ELISA and move on and try and find the real cause of my symptoms.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Continuing symptoms
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2008, 05:38:11 AM »
Actually kid, you're wrong there.

The CDC recommends a 13 week testing window period, not a 26 week window period. Given that, your 21 week result is more than adequate. You are HIV negative. Your symptoms have nothing to do with HIV.

MtD

Offline martyboy24

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Re: Continuing symptoms
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008, 05:47:36 AM »
I'm actually in the UK MTD, so the CDC guidelines have little bearing on me anyway, but I have seen 6 moths quoted by the CDC, maybe I am wrong. Would continuing symptoms not mean I am still fighting the infection and producing antibodies, which might effect the ELISA test? Can you say 100% I dont need anymore HIV testing?

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Re: Continuing symptoms
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008, 06:01:18 AM »
Marty,

I'm also in the UK and I can tell you that the official window period in the UK is twelve weeks.

You ARE hiv negative. You do not need further testing.

Keep working with your doctor to find out what, if anything, is going on with you. Whatever it is, it is NOT hiv. You do NOT have hiv!

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Offline martyboy24

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Re: Continuing symptoms
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2008, 06:55:38 AM »
I'm back again, I am having good and bad days when it comes to accepting my negative result, although this doesnt have any bearing on the symptoms I am experiencing,still feeling terrible. To go along with all of the symptoms I mentioned before, this week I've developed an intermittent fever and a cough and runny nose along with lower back pain. The pains behind my knee and in my groin are the most troubling, Im worried about lymph nodes in this area.

Is it possible seroconversation could last this long and that my negative test at 21 weeks could be wrong? I'm at the stage where I want to leave the fear of hiv totally behind so that I can pin down with my GP what is really going on here. It is almost unheard of for people to take 6 months to seroconvert now isnt it, especially for non-occupational expsoures.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Continuing symptoms
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2008, 07:12:01 AM »
Marty,

We can do this the Easy Way or we can do it the Hard Way.

The Easy Way is for you to re-read the answers already given to you in this thread in addition to our Welcome Thread. In doing so you will accept that you were not exposed to HIV and that your symptoms are something you should take up with your doctor.

You'll be given a friendly pat on the back, our best wishes and our hopes that you do well in the rest of your life.

Pretty straightforward, huh?

The Hard Way is much less pleasant. The Hard Way involves you not reading what you've been told and when you finally do read it, arguing with us about what's really going on. Our answers (based as they are in hard science) will not change and eventually you be banned without the hope of return to this forum.

Now which seems more attractive to you? The Easy Way or the Hard Way?

The choice is yours.

MtD

/edited for a small typo/
« Last Edit: February 23, 2008, 08:40:48 AM by matty.the.damned »

Offline martyboy24

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Re: Continuing symptoms
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2008, 01:05:10 PM »
Had my final hiv test today which is 29 weeks after any possible exposure. Took it for piece of mind more than anything and I fully expect it to be negative.

There is so much conflicting information on the window period on the internet but even the most conservative sites say that 6 months is fully conclusive. I look forward to gettin my negative result and finally being able to move on with my life after a horrendous 6 months. I'll post the results once I get them, which should be in the next week or so.

Thanks for all of the positive messages you guys have left.

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Continuing symptoms
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2008, 01:11:21 PM »
The guidelines is 3 months and you received that test result a long while ago. You don't need to post your results because they will not have changed from the negative results that you've already received.

Offline martyboy24

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Re: Continuing symptoms
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2008, 07:44:46 AM »
Well today I received the result of my almost 7 months test, and guess what.......it was negative. Conclusively.

I'm ready to accept now that whatever is going on with me, it is not related to hiv.

Thanks for the reassuring comments from all.

 


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