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Offline scaredoutofmymind12345

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Do I have ARS?
« on: October 10, 2014, 01:42:52 PM »
Hi there. thank you in advance. 16 days ago I had a high risk exposure. I've been on Kaletra/Truvada since 36-8 hours after. Also been taking a histamine based sleeping tablet every night.

I've had numb hands and arms occurring at night since day 10, along with night sweats. No fever during the day, no other symptoms.

I know that peripheral neuropathy is rare in both meds and ARS. Since I am never, ever ill normally (and I'm not imagining these palpable symptoms) I'm 95% sure the symptoms are either meds or ARS. Since the symptoms manifested within the ARS window, I'm 75% sure I'm positive.

Am I overreacting?

I've never taken a risk like this before so it seems monumentally unlucky if I am infected on one exposure. It can happen, I know.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Do I have ARS?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2014, 02:21:14 PM »
What was your high risk exposure ? be specific please . The only way to know if are infected it to test at 6 weeks past pep and any possible exposure and again at 3 months to confirm the results . We do not discuss symptoms because thy are specific to HIV and tell you nothing in the absence of a test .

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!oecific .
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Offline scaredoutofmymind12345

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Re: Do I have ARS?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2014, 02:30:35 PM »
Thank you for your reply. Exposure ticked most risk boxes going:

Sex worker
Transgender
Suspected INdian Subcontinent origin
Very brief receptive oral (2 seconds), unprotected
Insertive anal, protected, but no lube, but cannot remember how it ended as I was so drunk

So high likelihood of subtype C - more infectious
High likelihood of other STDs
Low likelihood of them being on antiretrovirals

I rate my chances at 50/50

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Re: Do I have ARS?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2014, 02:43:31 PM »
Oral sex is not a risk for HIV infection and the intercourse you had was protected so no risk there.  We always assume any partner is HIV positive when we do our assessments.  You do not need to be on PEP as you never had a risk.

Joe

Offline scaredoutofmymind12345

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Re: Do I have ARS?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2014, 02:54:12 PM »
Thank you Joe K. Unfortunately, as I said, I blacked out at a certain point and don't know how it ended. The condom could have broken.

Also, I had a rash emerge  underneath the head of my penis suddenly 3 days after exposure which suggests there was exposure at the tip of my penis to something - suggestive of condom breakage. The rash disappeared within 3 days. I've convinced myself I'm 1/2 chance of being positive, jeapordising my marriage, health, everything.

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Re: Do I have ARS?
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2014, 03:00:53 PM »
The rash on your penis could be from the oral as STDs are much easier to transmit than HIV.  PEP has an excellent record of preventing infections.  Just remember that the testing guidelines begin AFTER you have completed PEP.

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Re: Do I have ARS?
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2014, 03:28:50 PM »
I agree with Joe .
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Re: Do I have ARS?
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2016, 08:26:49 PM »
Please Note.
As a member of the AM I Infected Forum you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here . It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Any additional threads will be deleted.
HIV 101 - Basics
HIV 101
You can read more about Transmission and Risks here:
HIV Transmission and Risks
You can read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
You can read more about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read more about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
You can read more about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

 


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