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Offline biernest

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worried about symptoms after exposure
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:44:20 PM »
I'm a 25 yr old gay male and I had a potencial exposure to HIV about a month ago which I want to share.

I met this guy at the gym and got together with him twice. The first time I was giving him oral while chewing gum, but it got in the way so I swallowed it. Later, we had protected sex, but he came on my neck. About a half an hour later, when I returned home, I noticed I still had dry cum on my neck, and I had a rash from shaving three days before. I really panicked and cleaned it straight away.

The week after that, I met him again. This time, we just kissed. The thing is that I had developed a canker sore, but I paid no attention to it because I had had them in the past (not frequently).

The next day after that I mistakenly used my roommate's toothbrush and ate A LOT of pineapple. That night, I noticed my palate getting bruised and my tongue too. I developed geographical tongue and two tiny white spots that ached a lot.

It's been two weeks after that and my tongue is getting better but not completely healed. The spots were gone after two days, but my palate it still bruised right behind my two front teeth. It doesn't hurt, it just feels really soft.

Also, since the day before yesterday my neck began hurting and earlier today, I felt two swollen lymph nodes right below my jawline. I don't remember ever my lymph nodes hurting. Today I almost couldn't get out of bed which is very rare; I'm feeling fatigued.

I am freaking out because although I know probably my exposure was not high risk I'm developing HIV symptoms.

Other things to keep in mind:
1. The past month has been REALLY stressful at work, working 12 hours straight for some days.
2. I've been working out 6 to 7 days a week for the past three months
3. I began taking Lipo 6, a fat burner, which has a high dosage of caffeine and guarana, among other ingredients
4. My sexual parter is a flight attendant and he's really good looking (that's why I'm thinking he may be HIV+)
5. I've had no fever, cough, sore throat, rashes or night sweats
6. I've had muscular and joint pain
7. I'm feeling fatigued, which is not normal. Even though I work out a lot I'm always hyped up.

I have to wait two more months to get an accurate test and meanwhile I'm freaking out!!!

Any suggestions?? Was my encounter high risk??

Offline Jeff G

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Re: worried about symptoms after exposure
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013, 10:05:30 PM »
LOL on good looking gay flight attendants must have aids LOL . Im laughing but its really quite offensive actually , as well as absurd .

I promise you I read your concerns 3 times and you did not have a risk for hiv . Instead of answering your questions one by one Im just going to cut to the facts .

This is how you expose yourself to HIV .

Sharing IV drug needles immediately after use.
Unprotected anal and vaginal sex.
Mother to child during or shortly after birth
Very specific healthcare situations.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED HIV TESTING AT THIS TIME FOR THIS INCIDENT, 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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Re: worried about symptoms after exposure
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013, 10:45:05 PM »
Jeff G, thanks for calming me down. Reading my post, I understand what you mean about my offensive remark and I apologize. The thing is that I'm very scared and I'm trying to analyze every single possibility.

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Re: worried about symptoms after exposure
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013, 10:54:03 PM »
If you had a risk I would not hesitate to tell you so that you could get tested and protect your health and the health of other's , it really is that important and we take it seriously .

You really can relax and put this event to rest , you didn't have a risk , not at all . 


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