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Offline fingers

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Snowballing Symptoms
« on: March 23, 2009, 02:13:03 AM »
Hello, this is my first post here.  I think that the community here is very powerful and healing for people who have this terrible virus.  I've read various posts before starting my own thread, and I want to take the time to thank the people that volunteer their time to answer questions. 

Here is my background:  I'm male, had homosexual sex (non-receiving, non-giving anal), never done needle drugs, and I've never had a blood-transfusion.  I haven't been sexually active for two years, since college. 

My symptoms started with that "flu-like" sickness that lasted for 4 days.  I had never been that sick before then.  With the sickness came a sore throat.  The sore throat persisted.  First a week.  A month.  And now I've had it for a year.

6 moths ago, I began noticing a tingling sensation in my neck, I later found out my lymph nodes.  Since then, they've been visible in the mirror. 

3 months ago, I began experiencing a profound exhaustion, daily.  I have to drink coffee constantly to even stay awake.  Around this time, I noticed that my glands were also swollen under my arms, and I could feel them in my groin. 

1 week ago, I noticed a tugging sensation in abdomen, left side.  With that has come an inquenchable thirst.  No matter how much water I drink, I want more a few seconds later.

* * * *

I have a lot of information to provide, but I'm trying to keep the text clear and concise.  Please, if you have follow-up questions, do let me know. 

Again, Thank you for your time.

Offline HIVworker

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Re: Snowballing Symptoms
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 03:36:36 AM »
It's impossible to tell what you have from symptoms. So go take a HIV test. It will be conclusive at this point.

Your symptoms could be a number of things...such as Mono. Either way you don't want to ignore swollen glands and fatigue, so go to a doctor as it could be something other than HIV that you are ignoring because you are worried about HIV.

Also, what is non-receptive, non-giving anal sex? That's a double-negative and indicates you didn't have sex. Can you clarify?

R
NB. Any advice about HIV is given in addition to your own medical advice and not intended to replace it. You should never make clinical decisions based on what anyone says on the internet but rather check with your ID doctor first. Discussions from the internet are just that - Discussions. They may give you food for thought, but they should not direct you to do anything but fuel discussion.

Offline fingers

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Re: Snowballing Symptoms
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 06:36:51 PM »
I am going to have a full STD panel as soon as I can afford it.

6 months ago I bought a at-home HIV test --- six months ago I could afford to do things like that ---  it was a blood test.  And that was negative.

I agree, my sexual history is confusing.  I have participated in oral sex.  Giving and receiving.  Nothing else.  I was trying to say that there was no anal involved.

I posted here because money is extremely tight, and I wanted confirmation that my symptoms sound hiv-like.  (I'm measuring priories.)

Thank you for your reply.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Snowballing Symptoms
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009, 06:49:40 PM »
OK. Neither the presence nor the absence of symptoms will ever tell you anything about your HIV status accurately.

If the only sexual activities you are concerned about involved oral giving and receiving, your negative test result is a slam dunk.

Any symptoms you are having are something to discuss with your doctor. In terms of sexual risk for HIV, if you consistently use condoms for anal intercourse you will be well protected. It's as simple as that. No guy has even been confirmed to have been infected by getting a blowjob. And your saliva has over a dozen elements in it which are effective (very) in preventing the transmission of viable HIV. Reports of transmission through giving oral never seem to hold up under scientific examination.

You're worrying needlessly but if you're sexually active it's good to regularly have a full STD panel done. That means at least annually because other STDs are much easier to acquire than HIV.

Cheers.
Andy Velez

Offline fingers

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Re: Snowballing Symptoms
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2009, 10:16:06 PM »
Thanks guys. 

I realize that HIV is asymptomatic, and can vary from body to body.  I'm looking into diabetes, mono, and hepatitis as possible diseases that I might have, because my lifestyle has been largely sedentary.  I'm not discarding HIV as a possibility, I'm just trying to narrow and educate myself before I go to see a doctor.  Again, I'm doing this for financial reasons -- and if I can narrow the scope, or give a better context to my symptoms, then it will help the doctor diagnose me more effectively. 

Thank you for your insight, both of you.  If anyone can point out other diseases that I might have, I'd be appreciative.  (If I search online, I always get referred to HIV.) 

Thank you.


Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Snowballing Symptoms
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2009, 08:17:11 AM »
I do appreciate your concern about financial in relation to having your problem properly diagnosed. However, attempting to self-diagnose can be a very slippery path to go down as suddenly everything that happens or doesn't happen to you physically becomes another cause for concern.

"Self-education" can quickly become obsessive.

We can't "point out" other diseases to you. We absolutely do not diagnose here. It would be irresponsible to do so.

If your symptoms continue I urge you to seek proper medical care.

Good luck in getting this sorted out. It's not about HIV even if your head tells you otherwise.
Andy Velez

Offline fingers

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Re: Snowballing Symptoms
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2009, 02:44:28 AM »
Quote
attempting to self-diagnose can be a very slippery path to go down as suddenly everything that happens or doesn't happen to you physically becomes another cause for concern.

The foresight you have is amazing, because here I am again!  I just scared myself all over again by reading that my at-home HIV test was worthless.  (It wasn't the kind you mail back to a lab.)

Tomorrow if I feel well enough, I'm going to the health department, and making an appointment for their free HIV test.  You have enough crazy people to deal with in this particular forum.  (Some of these people are insanely irrational -- I'm sure you guys have to find frustrating.)

I could be one of those few that received HIV while performing oral sex.  A theoretical risk.

I don't have a problem being open and honest about my sexual history to whomever proctors the exam, what can I do to ensure that I am taken seriously when I tell them that I've only participated in oral sex?    (I'm otherwise a virgin.) 

Because if I am positive, then I want my data to contribute to statistics, so that people know that oral sex is viable mode of transmission. 

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Snowballing Symptoms
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2009, 06:36:12 AM »
What's it going to take for you to understand that you were never at risk is the question.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Snowballing Symptoms
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2009, 08:28:53 AM »
You seem to be bent on insisting not only were you at risk but that you're HIV positive. Any standard HIV test result is going to hopefully disabuse you of that misconception. You can get tested anytime now and get a reliable result since you are at or past the 13 week point since your sexual activity.

Leave your lymph nodes alone. Squeezing and pressing them can create a real problem because they are very sensitive. Your symptoms are something to discuss with a doctor. Quit self-diagnosing. Practicing medicine on yourself without a license is a really bad idea.

This is not an HIV situation whether you believe that or not. But go and get tested and collect the inevitable negative result.
Andy Velez

 


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