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Author Topic: After 7 years of hell, I'm quite worried :(  (Read 1275 times)

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After 7 years of hell, I'm quite worried :(
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:36:53 PM »
To make a long story short, I've been a mess in the last 7 years of my life -- mainly drug usage (though not IV) and complete carelessness, ruining relationships left and right and falling into pretty severe depression.

Through this period, I had protected sex with 5 escorts (within the DC area, which is known for its high HIV + rates) -- yes I know; that must mean I haven't contracted HIV but with the symptoms I've been facing it's really hard to believe that.

It started a year ago (a few months after my first exposure) with having loose stools just about every single day and an extremely bloated stomach, along with frequent urination. My digestive system has just not been the same since.

Then in the past 3 months I've been extremely fatigued (I'm 23 Y.O) -- I can't stay up past 9pm when I'd usually be up late, and I'm not able to exercise the same from feeling weak.

To make matters worse, I've been having persistent mild grade fevers for about 2 months. It just comes and goes, but when it comes, I certainly feel it (I just feel off, a little dizzy and hot). This is the symptom that really scares me, as it's almost like my body is telling me that it's fighting something (but why for almost 2 months now?)

I've tested using OraQuick at the 3 week, 6 week and 12 week mark and have gotten back negative results. I refuse to take a blood test due to the anxiety.

I'm just wondering if anyone can relate to the symptoms, and if I should stop worrying even though these symptoms are right in my face everyday? I promise I'm not being paranoid for no reason, I just can't help but notice how bad I feel! Any insight or support would be warmly appreciated :(
« Last Edit: December 02, 2013, 08:38:56 PM by Lost_Soul »

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Re: After 7 years of hell, I'm quite worried :(
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 08:46:27 PM »
The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. Most who are infected will test positive by 6 weeks. For various reasons a small number will take longer and that is why we follow the CDC recommendation to test at 3 months for a conclusive negative result.

Your negative test isn't going to change to positive this late in the game so if you are sick go see your doctor and find out why because its not HIV . You are HIV negative , the test you took are accurate and reliable .

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Re: After 7 years of hell, I'm quite worried :(
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 08:52:54 PM »
Thank you so much for the quick re-assurance @JeffG!

I did want to add that I'm experiencing muscle wasting on my thighs/lower legs as well as occasional cold sores on my lips, since my first exposure (if that matters).

Like you stated though, its most likely something else; given my history I attributed my symptoms to HIV as they do seem to have some similarities .. I guess I will put this idea to rest though as long as things don't worsen.

I will say that I have seen quite a few of doctors, have had colonoscopies, CAT scans along with other tests and nothing but a case of intussuception was found (which by the way is apparently common among HIV+ patients)

Thank you again and have a great night!

« Last Edit: December 02, 2013, 08:56:04 PM by Lost_Soul »

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Re: After 7 years of hell, I'm quite worried :(
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 08:54:47 PM »
Your symptoms are a match for many other things than HIV , the only way to know your HIV status is to test and you did that , thankfully it was negative . 

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Re: After 7 years of hell, I'm quite worried :(
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 08:57:20 PM »
Thank you once again! I'm so grateful for such a quick response  ;)

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Re: After 7 years of hell, I'm quite worried :(
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2013, 09:02:11 PM »
You are welcome !

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Re: After 7 years of hell, I'm quite worried :(
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2013, 07:21:06 AM »
Lost,

Have you ever been tested for viral hepatitis, both hep B and hep C? They're both more easily transmitted than hiv. I know you said your drug use hasn't extended to injecting, but if you've been sharing rolled up paper money or straws to snort drugs, then you've been at risk for hep C.

But hiv? You're reliably and conclusively negative on that score. You need to work with a doctor to find out what is going on, now that you've ruled hiv out of the picture.

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