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Author Topic: please help I am not sure if this is ARS or not.  (Read 832 times)

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Offline bobbyray

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please help I am not sure if this is ARS or not.
« on: June 14, 2012, 11:52:11 AM »
Hello Everyone,
Thank you for reading my message.

I had unprotected vaginal sex with a woman on the 8th of last month.  We had sex twice for about 30 min that day back to back..

On the 28th of May I developed a rash on my forehead here is a photo of it. in the pic it was going away. but it was not much bigger than this  It was gone by the 1st.

on july 1 I developed a sore throat on hurting it was about a 3 out of 10 if 10 is the highest number.

on july 2 i started coughing up phlegm and feeling bad with the sore thoat. here is a photo of it.



 and my nose got stuffy here is a photo of some of the stuff.. (I am sorry if it is "gross" I am just very scared). 

on the july 5 I started running a 99.6 - 99.8 fever

I started feeling better july 7-10 but I was coughing VERY BAD I could not stop coughing!!!

i was trying to feel for swollen lymps but I am not sure if I was feeling right or not.  I can feel something in my innter thigh like b.b.

I was wondering does this sound or look like ARS?
If was to test now would i test positive If it was ARS symptoms?  I know the clinic offer an "oral test" but I am scared if i was positive it still would not detect it. or should I go to the doctor and try to get a blood test.

it has been 5 1/2 weeks.

I know you guys are busy but please read and look at my questions.

Thank you.


edited by Ann to remove photo links
« Last Edit: June 14, 2012, 12:14:23 PM by Ann »

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Re: please help I am not sure if this is ARS or not.
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012, 12:22:08 PM »
Bob,

I removed your photo links. We don't want to see your photos. Nobody can diagnose you over the internet through photos or laundry lists of symptoms. We don't want to know about your symptoms.

Symptoms are meaningless when it comes to diagnosing hiv infection. ONLY testing at the appropriate time will ever tell you a single thing about your hiv status.

We go ONLY by whether or not your behaviour has put you at risk for hiv; we do NOT go by symptoms. So don't bother posting more lists of your symptoms or photos of your symptoms.

None of your symptoms are hiv specific - but that's just the problem with trying to diagnose hiv through symptoms - they are very general and flu-like. Your symptoms could be anything.

You have had a risk - one very much on the lower end of the scale - and you do need to test.

Hiv is a fragile, difficult virus to transmit and more so from a woman to a man. I would expect you to test negative over this one-off incident, but you must test to make sure.

The earliest you should test is at six weeks. The vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks, with the average time to seroconversion being only 22 days.

A six week negative must be confirmed at the three month point, but is highly unlikely to change.

You can test next week and have a very good indication of your true hiv status. I expect you to test negative, but again, you must test to make certain.

You need to learn from this and stop having unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

Ann
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Re: please help I am not sure if this is ARS or not.
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2012, 12:26:08 PM »
thank you very much Ann for the reply.  i will test next week and I am so very sorry about posting the photos and talking about the symptoms I was having.

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Re: please help I am not sure if this is ARS or not.
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2012, 12:36:36 PM »

I am so very sorry about posting the photos and talking about the symptoms I was having.


No problem, just don't do it again. Thanks.

Good luck with the test next week. In the mean time, do yourself a favour and do NOT surf the net for hiv information. There's too much out-dated information out there and too much hiv "information" that is just plain wrong.

I fully expect you to test negative, but you must test.

Ann
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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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