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Author Topic: Thank you to the admin and message to the worried well!  (Read 202 times)

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Offline freehold

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Thank you to the admin and message to the worried well!
« on: December 14, 2014, 04:03:17 PM »
Hi all,

First and foremost, I would like to thank the website and the admin staff. I admire the way you guys take the time to pretty much respond to every one who posts a question. There is a wealth of info and every possible HIV exposure situation is pretty much covered, yet you still have the patience to answer every single question. Kudos to you all.
I had a situation in late 2011 - a protected sexual encounter with CSW and condom broke in a middle of the act. I only realized this after the fact and learned that the CSW was at the end of her period and I was stained with some blood. I am un-circumsized and was panicking....the exposure was a good 10 - 15 minutes and not sure at what time the condom failed.
Knowing what I know now, I would have gone to seek immediate medical attention (PEP) but I did not. However, I did wait few weeks and got myself tested. The time was way under the window period because all I wanted to do was convince myself that I was not exposed. It was anonymous testing site and despite the staff's advise, I never went back to check in 3 months. All I wanted to hear was the negative result after the two or three weeks test.....
To make long story short, I lived the last three years in agony...every time I get sick, I associated it with HIV symptoms. I had numerous CBC blood count tests and was interpreting the results. Yes, HIV positive people can have lower platelets, lower HDL, lower this and lower or higher that....I was convincing myself that since my blood work is not similar to HIV + profile then I am ok. Then, I google and find a scientific journal that tells me how HIV+ can have a normal CBC blood count.
I manifested every single symptom from ARS to Distal Neuropathy.....the mind is a very powerful thing people. If you are shopping for symptoms, you will have them! Trust me on that. :)
I finally got the courage to test (this was supposed to be done as a confirmatory 3 month test but I did it after three long years) this week and my results came in negative. I am relieved and of course regretting for not doing it even much earlier.

My message to all of you is.....STOP SHOPPING FOR SYMPTOMS......as most of the wonderful ADMIN staff keep telling you, SYMPTOMS MEAN NOTHING and TESTING IS THE ONLY WAS TO FIND OUT YOUR STATUS. All they can do is access your risk and let you know the potential for contracting HIV.

Please heed the call....unless you are in monogomous relationship, you have to use condoms in all situation. ORAL, ANAL and VAGINAL....no excuse. If the condom breaks, unless it is in ORAL sex situation...please go and get yourself tested. And make sure that you practise safe sex with your regular partner until you find out. That is what I did with my partner.

Last but not least, being infected with HIV is not the end of the world. If you seek treatment early on, it is manageable and treatable and you can expect to have almost normal time span. But only if get the medical attention in a timely fashion and guess what? That will require you to test!

I would like to thank Jeff, Ann and Andy for assuring, answering and putting so many peoples mind to an ease. Again, I never asked a question but there were countless people who had very similar situation like mine and reading those responses was enough for me! Thank you for your help and please keep safe.

I also would like to see those who are bombarding this forum to come back and give us a feed back and how their testing went.

Again, thank you.



Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Thank you to the admin and message to the worried well!
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2014, 04:11:55 PM »
You're welcome.

Of course the reality is that for so many when caught up in the throes of anxiety and fears about their HIV status, hearing rational sharing from someone who went through the same doesn't always calm 'em down.

Thanks for sharing your experience.
Andy Velez

 


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