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Offline Collegeguy17

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Could I have HIV or an STD?
« on: November 09, 2013, 08:41:39 AM »
Okay I'm just going to start off and say over the past few months I have been promiscuous. In between September 6th- and October 15th, I've kissed, had contact, oral, and on a few occasions anal sex with atleast 9 to 11 guys. On October 18th I began noticing weird things beginning to happen. First I had mild night sweats for two nights in a row. They weren't soaking sweats like I didn't need to change sheets or clothes but I found it odd although it was a bit hot in the room. The next day I felt fatigued. Not as in sleepy but just overall like my body was sad and I just didn't want to do much. I also noticed my skin felt sensitive to the touch on the bottom lower left side of my abdomen. It wasn't painful just felt sensitive. On the 20th of October is when I began to worry it could be HIV or an std. That's when my body began feeling hot and fevered. I went and bought a thermometer and had a temperature of 97.9 so I guess the skin feeling hot was nerves. To this day I still haven't had a temperature over 98.6 and I take it everyday multiple times a day. The night of the 20th is when I first had Diarrhea. It wasn't watery though. from the 20th-27th I had mild diarrhea on and off. I weigh 124 on average and on the twentieth I weighed 121. Today I weigh 123 but in between the 20th-nov 9th it has ranged from 119.4-129.1 My weight has always fluctuated though. To this day I have not had sore throat, headaches, muscle or joint pain, sores on my lips, genitals, anus, etc although I have had occasional acne which I always have. I haven't had nausea, vomiting, or lack of appetite or dry cough or thrush. On October 25th I went and had a rapid HIV test done. The doctor took blood and made me wait around 30 minutes. The results came back negative and I was so happy. I have not been with a guy since the 16th of October but on Nov 5th, I noticed a small ulcer inside my mouth on the right cheek. It has remained small and is still there today but seems to be going away. All my life ive had on and off ulcers, occurring maybe three-four times a year. This is my first in a few months and am not sure if I should worry. This obviously freaked me out and I also noticed on my feet and around the ankles I have a few red pinpoint dots that are like freckles and do not ease with pressure. You can only see them if you look very close. I heard this may come from pressure. I live in NYC so I do much walking just moved here in august and ive never noticed them before. The skin in between my fingers look a bit dry also but I have been washing my hands a lot recently and I get an occasional itch on random spots of my body. could that be from nerves? This itch has only occurred for two days and today it hasn't been so bad and its not all the time. only randomly when I get worried could it be psychological or stress related. There is no rash where the itch comes. I have also noticed my skin is rather sensitive but it has always been a bit so I may be overthinking . For example if I leave my hand laying on a notebook, the rings on the side will indent into my hand and remain red for a few minutes. Also my skin has felt a bit weird kind of drylike but doesn't look dry which may be the itch? Im planning on testing again in January since I just have little more than two weeks ago for HIV. Do u think this could be another std, hepatitis, etc? or could it potentially be hiv?

Also I haven't had any pain/discomfort where lymph nodes are. Under my chin on both sides I have two about the size of a pea. They do not hurt but if I try hard enough I can feel them but they have always been this way. Also I had a physical examination around the 23th of October where the doctor checked for swollen lymphs and found none but in the past two days I can feel pea sized bumps on both sides of my neck (one on each side) Does not hurt but haven't really noticed it before but then again I have not really checked. I still feel nothing under the arms or in the pelvis area. None of my lymphs are visible to the eye they don't protrude from the skin

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Re: Could I have HIV or an STD?
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2013, 08:51:23 AM »
We do not discuss symptoms because they are not specific to HIV . The only way to know your status is test .

The testing window period is 6 weeks past any possible exposure and again at 3 months to confirm the results  . We deal in HIV risk assessment but the same advice goes for all STD's . The only way to know your status is to test . Ask your doctor for a full std screen to be done . 

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!

Please break up your post into paragraphs so that they are easier to read . Thanks .

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Re: Could I have HIV or an STD?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2013, 06:42:38 AM »
College guy,

You said in a moderator report: "He criticized my writing skills no I will not break my sentences into paragraphs this is not English class my God the gays are so critical. "

I'm a woman and I also had a VERY difficult time reading your post. Anyone would - go try to read it yourself. Big blocks of text are near impossible to read on the internet. If you want your concerns taken seriously in future, you'll consider your readers and break what you write into smaller paragraphs of no more than three to five sentences.

And I'm warning you, homophobia is not permitted on this website. Check your homophobic attitude at the door before you post or report anything here again.


It is unclear from your post whether or not the anal intercourse you've had was protected with condoms. If it was NOT protected, then you need to test.

The earliest you should test is at six weeks following your last incident of unprotected anal (or vaginal) intercourse. 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 is highly unlikely to change, but must be confirmed at the three month point.

If you have been having unprotected anal intercourse, you need to wise up and stop before you end up hiv positive, if you're not already.

None of the litany of symptoms you report will ever tell you a single thing about your hiv status. Even having NO symptoms means nothing. ONLY testing at the appropriate time will reliably inform you of your true 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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