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Author Topic: Can I move on with my life?  (Read 976 times)

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Offline Mr.Hastur

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Can I move on with my life?
« on: April 01, 2013, 01:28:37 AM »
So here's my story:
Back in january 2, I had "unprotected" sex with a girl I barely knew (the penetration only lasted under a minute) after that I put a condom and we carried on with the act.
Fast forward 4 weeks, I had a very small rash in my foreskin, my urologist told me not to worry and move on (the rash disappeared in about 3 days).
6 weeks after exposure I get tested for HIV with a 4th generation ELISA - Negative.
8 weeks I get a sore throat (which is still going, though it doesn't hurt anymore, it's just a bit annoying, I also had a small fever during the night for like 2 days, no sweat, just chills) The doctor said was just a bacterial pharyngitis.
12 weeks after exposure I get tested again (4th generation ELISA too) - Negative.

Should I let it go? I am still quite worried, for myself and my partner. Thanks in advance

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Re: Can I move on with my life?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 02:27:57 AM »
So here's my story:
Back in january 2, I had "unprotected" sex with a girl I barely knew (the penetration only lasted under a minute) after that I put a condom and we carried on with the act.
Fast forward 4 weeks, I had a very small rash in my foreskin, my urologist told me not to worry and move on (the rash disappeared in about 3 days).
6 weeks after exposure I get tested for HIV with a 4th generation ELISA - Negative.
8 weeks I get a sore throat (which is still going, though it doesn't hurt anymore, it's just a bit annoying, I also had a small fever during the night for like 2 days, no sweat, just chills) The doctor said was just a bacterial pharyngitis.
12 weeks after exposure I get tested again (4th generation ELISA too) - Negative.

Should I let it go? I am still quite worried, for myself and my partner. Thanks in advance

You tested reliably at the three month window. You are HIV negative.

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Offline Mr.Hastur

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Re: Can I move on with my life?
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 02:30:13 AM »
So I shouldn't worry over the symptoms? (I presented some ARS symptoms such as pharyngitis, swollen lymph glands, mild diarrhea, fatigue at 7-8 weeks).
Thanks for the quick reply.

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Re: Can I move on with my life?
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013, 03:28:36 AM »
Mr,

As JK told you, you are conclusively hiv negative.

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.

If you are worried about your symptoms, see a doctor. What ever is causing them is NOT hiv - you have already conclusively ruled hiv out of the picture.

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.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED FURTHER TESTING AT THIS TIME, 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!

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Offline Mr.Hastur

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Re: Can I move on with my life?
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 08:01:21 PM »
On a final note, I had unprotected sex with my regular partner about 2 weeks ago (after testing neg 12 weeks) and recently she started having a mild diarrhea and coughing (occasionally) should I still be worried? Are my nerves playing tricks on me?

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Re: Can I move on with my life?
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2013, 11:56:04 PM »
If she feels unwell, she should see a doctor. She doesn't have an HIV concern from you, you do not have HIV.

 


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