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Offline scared1234

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A Query
« on: July 16, 2009, 01:15:40 PM »
Hi All.
First of all i would like to congratulate all those involved with the site with the good work they are doing.
I am a 29 year old hetro male living in the middle east. And although i am not that sexually active but i did indulge in some risky behaviour in 2007.  I performed oral sex on a CSW, now i know Oral sex carries only a theoritical risk ,nevertheless i would like to point out that my oral habits arent really that good.I have had bleeding gums and tooth decay for quite some time and continue to do so.
Sex wise,  performing cunnilingus  without any protection  has been my only risk factor, as i have always used condoms for vaginal sex, no exceptions.
My last sexual act was in august of 2008, it was only protected vaginal sex, nothing else (i have NOT had sex since then).
I finally mustered enough courage to get tested in march of 2009,blood was drawnd from my vein and that was it.
It was a Rapid Immunoassay and i tested negative, the results were given to me in about 2 hours time.
My query is, are rapid immunoassays same as ELISA tests? further more how realiable are they?
I ask about this because i got the results in 2 hours!
After that test i felt relieved and was going on about my business until after about 3 days later  i developed some sort of blisters on my lower lip, they were painless. That freaked me out and my mind kept racing back to the fact that the lab where i tested, could have used a "used" neelde on me. Because i never had any blisters of that sort ever before!
My other query is, if they did use a "used" needlle on me, how much of a risk i was at? nothing was injected into me, only blood was drawn out of me.
Other than that towards the end of march i started to get these really bad headaches, like pain behind the eyeballs. I read up somewhere that sero-converters have these sort of headaches.
I would also like to know what "swollen lymphnodes"are? how do they feel and look like?
are they visible to the naked eye? coz i cannot say if my nodes are swollen or not, although i do have shoulder and neck ache since over a month now.
Let me also state that this whole year since jan till today, i havent fallen sick or had any rashes or anything, but i also know that not all people have symptoms and thats freaking me out more.
Furthermore after the test i developed some sort of fordyce boils/spots in my underarms which are not going away no matter how much i shave them!
Hiv is not an easy issue in the middle east bcoz of the social stigma attached to it.
If a person is found to be positive, he/she is immediately expelled from the country, hence i worry.
I would like Ann and Andy's answers/comments on my situation.
Thanking you all in advance and God  bless!!!

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: A Query
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2009, 01:22:53 PM »
You are worrying needlessly. I wouldn't have even thought testing was necessary over the incident you mention. But since you did get tested, yes, that was an approved test and your result is reliable.

As for your symptoms, you should discuss them with your doctor. They have nothing to do with HIV. This is not an HIV situation. Period.
Andy Velez

Offline scared1234

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Re: A Query
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2009, 08:49:42 PM »
Hey Andy!
Thanks for the prompt reply.
I feel somewhat relieved.
Athough i do not want to put you off, but i would like to mention that right after the test, (which was in march), in early May i developed some sort of a throat infection and since then i have sort of developed a "lump" feeling in my throat, i dont know what it is. Add to the fact that i have started to notice white blotches on my tongue and some sort of a  geographic tongue which comes and goes.
I am terribly sorry to bother you once again but i would like your clarification.
Also you did not answer my previous question i.e what exatly are swollen lymph nodes? are they visible? are they painful?
That is all!
And i wont bother you with further questions..
Thanks a lot and sorry once again!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: A Query
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2009, 08:58:30 PM »
See your doctor for your concerns they have nothing to do with HIV.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: A Query
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2009, 05:03:49 PM »
There are lymph nodes around the body. They are very sensitive and can become swollen for all sorts of reasons that have nothing to do with HIV.

They can become noticeably swollen, sensitive and even painful. But again, when that happens it can be related to various things going on in the body. If it persists for more than a few days it's something to discuss with your doctor. And to keep your hands off of.

We cannot diagnose anything here. So if you have concerns about your tongue or anything else, tell it to your doctor. I can tell you tha nothing you are micro-watching is in any way suggestive of HIV. But then that's not a surprise since you didn't have a risk for HIV.   
Andy Velez

Offline scared1234

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Re: A Query
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009, 02:21:19 PM »
Thanks Andy!
i wont pose any "ifs" or "buts" questions here.
since i have been celibate since about a year now i guess i am quite safe!
thanks once again and god bless!

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Re: A Query
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009, 02:47:34 PM »
You're welcome.

And if and when you decide to give up celibacy, just make sure that whether for anal or vaginal intercourse, you are always wearing a condom. No exceptions. 
Andy Velez

Offline scared1234

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Re: A Query
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2009, 05:18:12 PM »
Helly Andy,
I know i had promised not to post here. I probably might get a warning for posting too.
But i was just wondering if a "used" needle is inserted into someone for drawing blood, what are the chances of being positive from this one time incident?
Please do reply and thanks for being so patient!
God bless!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: A Query
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2009, 05:22:01 PM »
Move on..

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: A Query
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2009, 05:51:02 PM »
A used needle?!!!  That's what we call as being in the "what if" category.

We've already made our thoughts very clear about your incident. And we're not going to indulge you in taking this latest scare thought seriously.

You were not at risk. Period. End of story. Get on with your life.
Andy Velez

Offline scared1234

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Re: A Query
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2009, 01:58:25 PM »
Hey Andy,Rapid and all others...
I hope this is my last post here and that i wont have any need to post here in future.
3 days back i had to go for a complete body/health check up. It is necessary to get a new visa or once every 2/3 years for visa renewal.They check the blood for everything all STD's including HIV.
I got my results on Monday and i am perfectly fine! I was thrilled about this!
I just want to thank all you guys for bearing with my paranoid behavior and being so patient.
I will be extra careful in the future regarding sex.
And i sincerely hope and pray that one day a cure for this dreaded disease is found.
Thanks everyone and God bless!!!


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