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Paranoia getting the best of me
« on: Today at 05:11:27 PM »

It's really nice to meet you all. Over six weeks ago I had an encounter with a sex worker and I let my immaturity get the best of me. She was very young (20), told me that she was married with a small kid (even showed me pics of her kid on her phone) and only does massages. However, she sorta took a liking to me and seemed more happy to accept cunnilingus from me. Afterwards she kissed me on the cheek, looked into my eyes, and said that she wanted me.  I asked her if she was clean and she said yes and we had unprotected vaginal sex. It lasted only about 30 seconds and I afterwards mentally panicked and immediately went to the bathroom to urinate and take a shower all the while brooding over how stupid I am and how I am going to freak out if I happened to get sick (with autumn/winter fast approaching) in the next few weeks/months.

Fast-forward a couple of weeks and I found myself with a stuffy nose. I ride a very crowded bus every day to work and all my co-workers had colds at the time so okey...makes sense. Seriously, I'd go on the bus and panic whenever someone would sneeze or cough near me. A day or two later my armpits start feeling a bit tender. Of course, I have no idea if they were ever swollen or not, because they certainly were not engorged and only felt painful when I'd press down hard upon them. A day later I got a sore throat but it only lasted for a day or two before subsiding and the armpit pain resided after a week. Of course, I started hypochondriac(ing) and reading up everything I can on HIV (kinda cool in a way because immunology has always fascinated me). I did not have a fever, no fatigue, no rash, no headache, no night sweats, nothing that would make me get up and run to the hospital. Everything subsided after a few days and I sorta put it behind me.

Now, more than six weeks have passed since my little adventure and my paranoia is starting to return to me. I was stretching my arm a bit yesterday evening and felt a slight pain somewhere just south of my right arm pit. It has since disappeared but now I can feel my throat getting sore again (it has been really cold/snowy over the past few days and I was recently in close quarters with people who could have easily been harboring a cold) so I figured that I would make an account here and see if anyone would be willing to answer my questions:

1) Can ARS mimick the symptoms of the common cold alone? (stuffy nose, sore throat, POSSIBLE swollen lymph nodes)
2) Are swollen armpit lymph nodes (alone) indicative of HIV infection? I understand that HIV is more likely to cause generalized swelling of the lymph nodes throughout the body.
3) Is ARS likely to occur after 6 weeks?

I know that I should get tested and I will try to do so this week, I also understand that it's not cool to discuss symptoms on this forum, but I would really like to go into the clinic with the peace of mind that things are probably more than likely okey so please bear with me.

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Re: Paranoia getting the best of me
« Reply #1 on: Today at 05:18:34 PM »
Itís in your favor being the insertive partner Ö the cunnilingus was not a risk. A negative test at 6 weeks rarely ever changes when confirmed at 13 weeks, so go test asap. We do not discuss symptoms Ö so nice try LOL .

You did have a risk for HIV and will need to test, you can do so at 6 weeks past any possible exposure and again at 13 weeks to confirm the results. You can read about testing here...
Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

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 without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

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. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

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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Re: Paranoia getting the best of me
« Reply #2 on: Today at 05:23:39 PM »
Thank you for your kind response. I will definitely go get tested ASAP!

Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Ironically enough, I have told this very thing to people on many an occasion then I broke the rule myself. Regardless of what the results will be, it is a nice life lesson to remember. It is also important to remember to always try to have a condom on you and not to let your hormones get the best of you.

Have a great day!


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