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Author Topic: SICK WITH WORRY!!  (Read 568 times)

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SICK WITH WORRY!!
« on: August 14, 2013, 07:47:02 AM »
Please can someone help me out here as I am sick with worry. About 8 months ago, I had an affair with a married man - told me he had the necessary checks but two weeks ago I came out with a rash all over my body.  I went to see my local GP this morning and he diagnosed my rash as pityriasis rosea - is this an early and common symptom association with HIV infection? I also have constant headaches, lost about 6 kg's, a few night sweats and just feeling really lethargic.  My doctor gave me an antibiotic called purmycin - honestly I feel suicidal at the thought that I wasn't careful enough.  How soon do symptoms start showing and is this rash linked to HIV?

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Re: SICK WITH WORRY!!
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013, 08:09:47 AM »
Worried,

Neither symptoms nor even the lack of symptoms will ever tell you a single thing about your hiv status. ONLY testing at the appropriate time will. Your rash is NOT hiv-specific.

If you had unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse with this man, you were at risk and you do need to test. As this occurred eight months ago, a test now will be conclusive.

If you weren't using condoms with this man, then you need to wise up and stop having unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse with people of unknown hiv status.

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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