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Offline ryaaaa

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quick help please
« on: January 31, 2012, 03:05:17 PM »
Hello im a 20 year old male, and had 2 encounters with the same girl with an unknown status within a month ago and over the past days am experiencing a number of different symptoms. My first symptom was tender lymph nodes in my neck that lasted a couple of days and having night sweats also for a couple. Then i had a small congestion and a sore throat with a general feeling of just knowing somehting was wrong also i do not look healthy my eyes are very drawn and discolored. and i am feeling stiff in neck and lower back please help i am really panicking over this and want to know how symptoms of the initial infection would come about how strong how long they would last and all this. Thank you so much

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 03:06:00 PM »
My feet get clammy as well, and the sex was unprotected

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012, 03:12:38 PM »
And there is something i feel like it is stuck in my throat when i cough it came on with the sore throat then after that calmed down it is still there i feel it in my esophagus

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012, 05:27:00 PM »
Please clarify specifically what you mean by "two encounters" with that girl. Was it just sexual play or did you have either vaginal and/or anal intercourse?
Andy Velez

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2012, 07:54:57 PM »
vaginal both times

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012, 08:05:28 PM »
and now im feeling real bad wrist pain

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012, 08:05:58 PM »
OK, well unprotected vaginal and anal intercourse are definitely risks for HIV. In fact they are the only two confirmed risks for the sexual transmisson of HIV.

So you do need to get tested. You can do it initially at 6 weeks after the most recent incident. If you test negative you still need to re-test at 3 months to confirm your negative status. If you test negative at 6 weeks the likelihood is that you are going to continue to test negative.

HIV is harder to transmit from female to male rather than the other way around. So that is in your favor that you will test negative. But in the future you need to always be using a condom for either vaginal or anal intercourse. No exceptions no matter what you think you know about your partner's history or anything else. Condoms are a must.

As far as your symptoms are concerned, swollen lymph nodes happen for all sorts of reasons. Keep your hands off of them as squeezing them can cause problems. If they persist you should discuss them with your doctor. And wrist pain is not an HIV-related pain.

Good luck with your tests.

Andy Velez

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012, 08:13:20 PM »
Im not trying to disagree with you, i thank you for all of what you said but on a couple of sites it has said that joint pain like wrist pain is a early sign of HIV infection are you sure that it is not at all?

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2012, 08:16:58 PM »
Im not trying to disagree with you, i thank you for all of what you said but on a couple of sites it has said that joint pain like wrist pain is a early sign of HIV infection are you sure that it is not at all?
If one has ARS symptoms that are a multitude of symptoms not just pain in your joints.

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2012, 08:22:29 PM »
So i wouldnt have one thing one day then different things other days?

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2012, 08:27:39 PM »
because i have had many other symptoms that really make me worried and theyve all been in a very short amount of time, not to mention complete malaise

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2012, 08:49:58 PM »
So i wouldnt have one thing one day then different things other days?
No, they come all at the same time and all leave at the same time.

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2012, 01:26:49 AM »
ARS, the syndrome that sometimes (though far from always) accompanies early HIV infection. It is NOT an artifact of HIV in the body - rather it is YOUR body's immune system responding to the infection.

This is why it's so difficult to use symptoms to diagnose HIV infection. YOUR body will react differently to ANY virus, not just HIV. One person's flu is NOT another person's flu necessarily for that very reason.

In the vast majority of cases, ARS symptoms, when they happen, are notable. And they last between one to two weeks. Then they completely go away, because your body has already created the antibodies. The dance of HIV infection has begun. And it is often YEARS before the immune system is depleted enough to cause issues.

HIV is NOT something any competent doctor can START to diagnose through symptoms. Especially smack in the middle of cold and flu season.

PLEASE don't pay attention to the asinine web site that state X X and Y as "symptoms" of HIV infection. HIV infection can occur in the total absence of symptoms. It often does.

Even AIDS, the Syndrome, encompasses over 200 different opportunistic infections. Many of which happen to people who are not compromised with HIV. The only way to determine HIV is through an antibody test three months past your last unprotected sexual exposure.

I wish there were reliable shortcuts. Or telltale signs. Sadly, we are dealing with a pathogen that provides neither.

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2012, 08:35:01 AM »
You would also be doing yourself a big favor by not surfing the net for an answer that only an HIV test taken at the right time can give you. On the net you will only find more fuel to feed your worst fears and all to no good purpose.

If you test negative at 6 weeks then you will likely continue to test negative at 3 months. That's what I recommend that  you do.
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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2012, 04:04:05 PM »
Is vein pulsating and/or muscle twitching or anything like that a symptom

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2012, 04:05:18 PM »
Is vein pulsating and/or muscle twitching or anything like that a symptom
No.

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2012, 04:16:02 PM »
so if i still have a stiff neck but mostly everything else has calmed down Is it still a possibility that this is ARS thanks for your time

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Re: Really worried because of symptoms
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2012, 05:21:26 PM »
No, it is not. If noticeable ARS symptoms occur, they all come on at the same time and go at the same time. You are NOT experiencing ARS. There is nothing HIV-specific about anything you are reporting.

Unfortunately on the web you can find all kinds of inaccurate misinformation to feed your fears that call everything in the world another HIV symptom.
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quick help please
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2012, 09:34:46 PM »
warm and clammy hands, and extremeley cold and clammy feet. is this an HIV indicator?

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Re: quick help please
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2012, 09:49:20 PM »
No.

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Re: quick help please
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2012, 07:11:44 AM »
Rya,

I've merged your new thread into your original thread - where you should post all your additional thoughts or questions. It helps us to help you when you keep everything in one thread. It doesn't matter how long it has been since you last posted in your thread or if the subject matter is different.

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Neither symptoms nor the lack of symptoms will tell you a single thing about your hiv status. ONLY testing at the appropriate time will.

Clammy hands and feet are symptoms of stress and anxiety, NOT hiv.

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Re: quick help please
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2012, 02:06:11 AM »
when are the appropriate times?

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Re: quick help please
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2012, 04:20:13 AM »
when are the appropriate times?
Your 3 month post exposure test will be conclusive.

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Re: quick help please
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2012, 06:24:17 AM »

So you do need to get tested. You can do it initially at 6 weeks after the most recent incident. If you test negative you still need to re-test at 3 months to confirm your negative status. If you test negative at 6 weeks the likelihood is that you are going to continue to test negative.


when are the appropriate times?

Ryaaa,

You need to re-read your entire thread before jumping on here and asking questions to which we have already given the answer.

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Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


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