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Offline davidc

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could it be
« on: June 10, 2008, 12:14:00 PM »
i had a heterosexual contact with female 8 months ago would it be possible for ars symptoms to start at the 5 month mark. a rash on the upper part of my body and nausea and the nausea is still present three months later. all the lessons i read say that would be unheard of and would symptoms of ars come and go at different times

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Re: could it be
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008, 02:35:35 PM »

Symptoms or even the lack of symptoms will never tell you anything about your hiv status. Testing is the ONLY way to know your accurate hiv status. If symptoms are actually ARS, they come on between two and four weeks after infection has taken place. They come on all at once and go all at once. Other than that, we do not discuss symptoms here.

You have had a risk and you do need to test. A test now will be conclusive as the window period is three months.

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.

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!

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Offline davidc

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Re: could it be
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008, 05:11:17 PM »
i always read that people do not show symptoms for anywhere betwee 8 to 10 years. would 8 months be to early for me to have nausea and rash and fatigue i am scared to death. i understand i will not know until tested but would i be a rare case this early i just know i am infected. i had an hiv test one year to the date and i was not infected so would this be a possibility

Offline davidc

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Re: could it be
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2008, 05:21:16 PM »
also i have not had any fever but this rash went away and about two months later it is on my back right above my butt maybe i am just not knowladgable but this rash thing is pretty scary is there a chance that a rash happens twice within a year. and is two to 4 weeks the case on everyone. and would the rash be present that far in advance i am weirded out  and appologize for the constant questioning

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Re: could it be
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2008, 06:15:58 PM »
You're pasting all sorts of bits and bobs together which is not a helpful thing to do. They explain nothing and they certainly don't tell you anything accurately about your HIV status.

If you've had either unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse then you need to have an HIV test at 13 weeks after the most recent such incident. That's how you will know your status accurately.

As for your symptoms, there's nothing even remotely HIV specific about them, but then as Ann has told you, symptoms are never the way you can know what's up about HIV.

Get tested, hopefully collect a negative result and then talk to your doctor about the symptoms.

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