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Author Topic: Infected? It's highly probable.  (Read 1133 times)

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Offline EsoSqueezy

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Infected? It's highly probable.
« on: September 01, 2013, 11:57:52 AM »
Hi there, I am so glad I found this site. I have been reading through posts,  week after week, hoping to eventually muster up enough courage to ask my question. I finally have and I am hoping I can obtain an answer that set my mind and body at rest.

When I was 18, I lost my virginity. Not the way I wanted to lose it, but nevertheless it was taken by a man who said he was HIV negative. He assured me he was negative, but could never produce papers for me. I dealt with him for month after month, unprotected encounter after unprotected encounter because I was going through depression. I am a hypochondriac by nature, but my body was telling me that I had HIV and since he was my only partner, he gave it to me. I didn't want to bring up the subject, but I eventually did and our friendship ended. Going through depression, I had more than a tally of risky encounters with other guys. I am now 20, through my depression for the most part and live a MUCH cleaner and healthier lifestyle. I was tested mid-August (Uni-Gold Recombigen HIV test) and thankfully my results came back NEGATIVE! I swear to not do anything stupid such as my previous decisions, but I am still dwelling on them. I know my test said negative (tested outside of the window period - 10 months) but can I still be infected with HIV and test negative? Do I have a rare strain that the test didn't pick up? Was the test administered wrong? The person who gave the test was very professional, but could he have possibly done the test wrong? He showed me the test, and the red line to show there was enough blood and the test was working, but what if it didn't? Is it definitive that I am really HIV negative? I am in love now with another guy and told him about my prior engagements. He was the one who made me get tested, and I am happy he did. What are your thoughts on this? There was absolutely no line on the test, but I still think I have HIV. I suffer from constant fatigue, I seem to have OHL, my eczema has flared up quite constantly since my first unprotected sexual encounter, I have a systemic thrush infection, I fell ill after my first unprotected encounter, my eyes are constantly dry and itchy and I have a million other symptoms including Insomnia, seizures and other things. Please help!

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Re: Infected? It's highly probable.
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2013, 12:19:53 PM »
Hi Eso . You are conclusively HIV negative provided you haven't engaged in unprotected anal or vaginal sex since your last HIV test . I hope you are not engaging in risky sex with your new BF .   

Use condoms correctly and consistently for vaginal and anal sex and you avoid HIV .
Never trust someones word about HIV status , just use condoms every time you will be protected .

We cant help you overcome your health phobias so you will need to talk to your doctor so that he can refer you to the appropriate doctor to address your issues .   
« Last Edit: September 01, 2013, 12:23:04 PM by Jeff G »

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Re: Infected? It's highly probable.
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2013, 12:24:27 PM »
Eso, given your intense level of worrying, I am just chimming in to repeat what Jeff has said. You have conclusively and reliably tested negative for HIV. You are HIV negative. Period. End of that story.

Whatever is going on with you symptomatically has nothing to do with HIV and is something you need to sort out with your doctor.

If you can't let go of these unwarranted fears about HIV then spending some time with a therapist or other profesisonal might be a helpful thing for you to do. We can't help you with that in this setting.

All we can say with assurance is that HIV is not your problem. And remember, if you're having intercourse make sure it's always with a condom. No exceptions.
Andy Velez

 


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