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Author Topic: Sudden Symptoms Have Me Worried  (Read 580 times)

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Offline Renard

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Sudden Symptoms Have Me Worried
« on: November 12, 2014, 12:00:11 AM »

I'm a gay 18-year-old male and I'm afraid I may have HIV. I also attend a public high school.

About a month ago, I became sexually active again. It started when I met with a guy in the first week of October, on or around October 5th. I performed oral sex on him, though he did not ejaculate. He then put a condom on and I received him anally. He ejaculated into the condom and that was that.

The next day, I woke up with a swollen throat. I thought I just overdid it when I gave him oral sex, thought it was no big deal. I thought it would just go away in a few days. As the days go by, however, it got worse and slowly developed into a sore throat. Just as it started to go away, I wake up on October 23rd late for school. It was hard to wake up and hard to move around. I also felt a bit sweaty and feverish. I got to school late. I felt really cold all day and even started shivering in my last period of the day. This is also the time I noticed that my lymph nodes were swollen. When I got home, I collapsed onto my bed. I had zero energy and my body ached. I was cold and sweaty at the same time. I ended up going to bed hours earlier than I normally do. I had a hard time sleeping because I was so warm and thirsty. My throat was super dry too. It was a really, really awful flu-like feeling.

The next day, October 24th I woke up even later. I did not even attempt to go to school. I was drenched in sweat, it soaked right through my sheets. My entire body ached. I took a cold shower, changed my sheets, took some Tylenol and slept until about 5 pm. I woke up feeling a lot better than I did before. I continued to take Tylenol for a few days until I felt normal again. I looked up a few of my symptoms and they pointed to a throat infection or mononucleosis, but mono usually lasts for weeks or months. I assumed it was a throat infection or the flu and forgot the incident ever happened.

Within the past few days, I've developed cold-like symptoms (sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy head). I'm not really surprised though, I shared food on Friday with my friend who has been sick. I did find it weird that I became sick again even though I just recovered from a flu or throat infection or whatever. I decided to look up HIV symptoms last night and started panicking because the symptoms and dates started to match up. I also realized that I didn't start getting really sick until after I had sex with that guy. That was the first time I've ever felt that sick. And that's why I'm here today. I am afraid I may have HIV.

Is it possible that I may have HIV? If not, why did I suddenly have such an awful sickness mere weeks after I had sex with that guy? Even though he used protection? Should I take an HIV test? And if so, when?

Some things to note; I got into an argument with that guy right after we had sex and he has since cut off communication with me. I also do not have access to a physician.

Thank you for any and all responses,


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Re: Sudden Symptoms Have Me Worried
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2014, 08:53:40 AM »
Oral sex is not a risk and the intercourse was protected so you never had a risk.  Symptoms can be caused by many things and if they concern you, you should consult your doctor.

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 STDs 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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