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high risk exposure, still symptons.
« on: March 04, 2014, 09:46:05 AM »
I had a condom break during drunken vaginal sex with a black african street sex worker.
I have continued drenching night sweats, mouth problems one gp said was thrush, other said bit, and neuropathy in my legs, which is very sensitive.these problems have gone on for 18 months.
I am extremely worried and anxious about these symptons.

I have had gum clinic tests i believe 4th generation tests, four in total out to 8 months.
I have had further online tests, both a orasure test and a fingerprick test, sent to private lab out to 18 months.

All tests negative to date.

I have several full blood counts out to 18 months and nothing has been picked up.

I am concerned due to african exposure, would my tests be suitable, can i have any more tests to rule out HIV because of my symptoms.

Many thanks for your help.

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Re: high risk exposure, still symptons.
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 09:56:59 AM »
You are HIV negative and do not need to test over the broken condom incident .

The testing window period is 6 weeks past any possible exposure and again at 3 months to conform it so you have conclusively tested way beyond what is required . If you are sick go see your doctor and find out why because its not 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.

Although you did not have a risk and do not need to test for this specific incident , 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: high risk exposure, still symptons.
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2014, 10:08:35 AM »
Thanks for the reply Jeff.

What worries me is i have been doctors several times now and no real confirmed diagnosis apart from gerd and awaiting specialist appointment for neuropathy.

It concerns me as health issues only since this exposure.

Are the tests conclusive for all types of HIV , including hiv 2.

Regards and thanks

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Re: high risk exposure, still symptons.
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2014, 10:13:37 AM »
You are conclusively HIV negative and the test you took are accurate .

If you do not trust the results ( and you should trust them ) go to a testing center and tell them your concerns . I only advise this for peace of mind if you cant accept your negative HIV status as fact . 

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Re: high risk exposure, still symptons.
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2014, 02:19:36 PM »

I am really sorry about this but I have ongoing symptons and health issues and have terrible anxiety as a result.

I still have mouth problems, but the worst is the chronic burning in my legs which is all day from when I wake up and causing me great distress and pain. The only thing I have been diagnosed with his GERD/Hiatal hernia/Weak LES which I require surgery to repair.

I have been to a HIV specialist who has put my symptons down to stress/anxiety. He would only say all tests are conclusive at 3 months no matter how high risk/symptons.

I have now had a total of 9 Hiv Tests for Hiv 1 and 2, ab/ag ( Duo tests). These have been a mixture of Clinic based blood drawn tests (Gum clinic) and three home sample finger prick tests sent onto the TDL lab for analysis. All the 9 tests have been clear/negative out to 23 months. However I am so worried about my symptons due to the nature of my high risk exposure and the timing of my health issues and their link with Hiv.

Please can you advise me what to do next ?,
What is the next Hiv test to look at taking bearing in mind the strains of Hiv in africa.

many thanks.

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Re: high risk exposure, still symptons.
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2014, 02:32:05 PM »
The tests you took are conclusive: YOU ARE NEGATIVE.  You do not need to take any more HIV tests.  What you need to do is work with your doctor to correct the actual issues you have been diagnosed with and see if your other symptoms disappear. 

Anxiety can and does manifest itself in physical ailments.  In your case, any symptoms you are experiencing HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HIV.



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