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possibly exposed to HIV
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:45:15 PM »
Hi everyone. I am worried that I might have contracted HIV. I've had unprotected oral and vaginal sex with a guy over the last 5 weeks. It's mostly been oral sex but 4 weeks we had unprotected sex. The last 3 days I've been feeling ill - headache, sore throat, glands up, loss of appetite, fatigue, tiredness, aches, sore rash on my eyelids and sore tired eyes. I feel stupid for even allowing myself to be in this situation but we all do stupid things occasionally. I'm in the UK and I'm looking at having an acute HIV test - has anyone had one before? I'm so worried and nervous - I realise my worries and concerns are not helping and are making me paranoid but I haven't experienced this after unprotected sex before and it was just casual sex. I know the guy and have done for years but that doesn't mean his sexual healteh is good. I'm unsure of his sexual health status. Thanks for reading my thread - any advice would be greatly received :-)

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Re: possibly exposed to HIV
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2014, 07:59:53 PM »
You have had a risk and can test at 6 weeks past any possible exposure and again at 3 months to confirm the results . Not allot we can advise other than test and then isisnt on condoms from now on ... use condoms correctly and consistently for anal and vaginal sex and you will avoid HIV .

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!

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Re: possibly exposed to HIV
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2014, 08:15:28 PM »
Thank you for your advice. I am scared to get tested or more scared of what the results may be. I've read that the antibodies are not present for about 3 months after exposure so early tests, unless they are specifically meant for early detection will come back negative - is this correct? I'm looking at an early detection teat that tests from 26 days after possible exposure - are these tests accurate?

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2014, 08:23:43 PM »
Some of the fourth generation test offer results in as little as four weeks but they still must be confirmed and are expensive .

The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. Most who are infected will test positive by 6 weeks. For various reasons a small number will take longer and that is why we follow the CDC recommendation to test at 3 months for a conclusive negative result.


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