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Offline allenergy

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Worrying situation
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:48:07 PM »
Im 22yo gay male, been sexually active for about six months. Have never had anal sex but have done quite a lot of fooling around incl. oral.

Week before Christmas I had a bad case of diarrhea, sore throat, felt feverish and after some internet research (bad i know) became really paranoid above hiv. Ever since the diarrhea and sore throat have more or less continued. Early January I noticed multiple lymph nodes had swollen up on both sides in the groin and neck, confirmed by doctor who did blood tests for mono, but said results came back normal. Worried about these symptoms, I had a rapid hiv antibody test (41 days after last encounter) that came back negative. This cleared my head but then I returned to doctor who confirmed lymph nodes were still swollen and has booked an ultrasound, then on the way out asked if i'd ever had an hiv test.

After the hiv test came back neg i relaxed alot but now after the doctor raising hiv without prompting (i hadn't discussed sex/sexuality with him at all) it's really bothering me again, losing sleep, can't concentrate.

Don't have the ultrasound for a few weeks and don't know what to do in the meantime. I know my actions were very low risk and the test is really encouraging, but I can't shake the feeling that I might have contracted the virus.

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Re: Worrying situation
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 01:28:05 PM »
All,

There are plenty of things that can cause the symptoms you are experiencing, but happily, hiv is the least likely to be the cause in your case.

As you yourself noted, by only engaging in oral you really haven't had a risk.

Add to that the fact that the vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks (42 days), with that average time to seroconversion being only 22 days. A six week negative is highly unlikely to change but must be confirmed at the three month point - where there has been a real risk. You haven't had a real risk.

If the symptoms you have experienced had anything to do with seroconversion, your 41 day test would have been positive. The illness that some go through is the body's reaction to the production of antibodies, not a reaction to the virus itself.

Keep working with your doctor to find out the true cause of your problems. Whatever it is, it is not hiv.

Ann
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