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Offline intodust

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Advice Needed
« on: May 01, 2010, 07:19:00 PM »
Hello all,

I had unprotected sex almost three years ago now, with someone whose sexual history I did not know, but then later found out was quite promiscuous. I immediately became very worried, and went to get ALL my STD testing done.

Now, exact time frames are hard to remember: I know we had sex the 1st of July, and I know I waited three months before getting an HIV test. I went to a clinic which offered an anonymous, rapid HIV test. I tested negative. If I recall correctly, I may have waited exactly three months to the day, meaning I would have waited exactly 12 weeks. Since then I have NOT had unprotected sex. (lesson well learned)

For a long time now, I have been experiencing reocurring mouth sores and irritations. I have tried understanding what they are but am not sure. I looked up leukoplakia but these irritations go away on their own, although they are also white and patchy, and on the mucuous membranes such as my cheeks and the inside of my lower lip. I also get cankers(at least I think they are cankers) on the tongue. I have also been experiencing what could be frequent yeast infections/vagina; irritation, although I am waiting on the results of an HSV blood test ( have never had an active sore, but experience symptoms which could be herpes).With that I have also experienced neuralgia, mainly in the genital area but in the lower legs as well.

 I have heard in the past that you are supposed to test for HIV 6 months after your exposure as absolute confirmation that you do not have the virus. With these symptoms that are often found in HIV patients, I can't help but be a little worried (natural hypochondriac) and worry if I should get retested? I know the likelihood of being positive probably isn't high, but what about that one or two percent? Should I retest?

I may do so regardless for peace of mind.

Thank you.

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Advice Needed
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2010, 07:21:32 PM »
You don't have an HIV concern, see a doctor for your signs and symptoms concerns.

Offline intodust

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Re: Advice Needed
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2010, 07:26:59 PM »
Thank you, will do so. Just have seen conflicting information online about three months being the end point of testing vs. six months. I also noted on the forum that some of the moderators were saying 13 weeks, I would have tested at 12 weeks. I know this is nitpicky but like I said, hypochondriac.

Again, thank you.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Advice Needed
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2010, 07:34:00 PM »
Thank you, will do so. Just have seen conflicting information online about three months being the end point of testing vs. six months. I also noted on the forum that some of the moderators were saying 13 weeks, I would have tested at 12 weeks. I know this is nitpicky but like I said, hypochondriac.

Again, thank you.

The 12/13 week thing is a bit confusing. Essentially it's the same time period. It's just about how weeks are counted a little differently in the USA from other places like Europe, the UK, Australia and so on.

MtD

Offline intodust

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Re: Advice Needed
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2010, 07:54:55 PM »
Oh okay, makes sense. I figured one week wouldn't make a HUGE difference anyhow, but the mind loves to run away.

I just remember one website specifying that there are a slim (3 percent ish) amount of people who will not develop antibodies or show up on a test until 6 months, hence my confusion.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Advice Needed
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2010, 08:06:11 PM »
Oh okay, makes sense. I figured one week wouldn't make a HUGE difference anyhow, but the mind loves to run away.

I just remember one website specifying that there are a slim (3 percent ish) amount of people who will not develop antibodies or show up on a test until 6 months, hence my confusion.

There are a tiny proportion of people (MUCH less than 3 percent) who do take longer than 3 months to produce HIV antibodies. This group includes long term injecting drug users and people receiving immunosuppressive therapies such treatments for certain kinds of cancer or following an organ transplant.

Basically you'd know if you were in that group.

MtD

 


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