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WANT2BEOK:
Hi Everyone

Im a 23 y/o gay male. About two months ago, I made the HUGE mistaken of having unprotected receptive anal intercourse. The guy did not ejaculate inside of me. The guy has since complained to me about having night sweats that he thought were caused by his use of Acutane (but I discovered that night sweats are not characteristic of Acutante use). About a month after this incident I developed a fever, headache, fatigue, general malaise, and sore throat. It got really bad after a couple of days so i went to the doctor. The doc, without doing anything but looking down my throat told me I had tonsilitis. He prescribed me the anti biotic amoxicilian. After completing the course of anti biotics and feeling better, I relapsed two days later. I went back to the doc and he said that it must not have been a strong enough dose. I was prescribed more amoxicilian with clavulin (for bacterial resistance). After completing the second regimen, I felt better for a few days but then started feeling sick with the same symptoms again. Shortly thereafter I developed a rash all over my chest and back which has now spread up to my neck and down to my legs. I went back to the doctor and he took a throat swab and some blood. I have now been sick with this illness (though everything has subsided except the rash) for 27 days. I did some research and came to the conclusion that my symptoms are the result of either actue HIV infection or mono. Given the time frame with which my sickness appeared (a month after unprotected receptive anal sex), im afraid that mono would be too great of a coincedence. All of the symptoms are congruent with those of both viruses except the rash which is uncommon for mono. However I did some research and about 90% of people with mono who take amoxicilian develop a rash. Knowing that I am in a high risk category, could anyone speak to my situation (Mono can last 27 days, can Acute HIV infection symptoms also?) Any input into whether this might amount to Actue HIV infection would be helpful. Blood work results due in tomorrow.  Scared to death.

Ann:
Want,

You have had a definite risk and you do need to test. It is unclear exactly how much time has passed since your unprotected intercourse, but the vast majority of people who actually have been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks. A negative at the six week point must be confirmed at three months. If it has been six weeks or more, you can test for hiv now for a good idea of your true status.

I'm not telling you to test because of your symptoms, because symptoms or the lack of symptoms mean nothing when it comes to hiv infection. Only testing will reliably reveal your hiv status. And yes, it could very well be mono you are dealing with. So don't guess - get tested. Unprotected receptive anal intercourse is the most risky thing you could possibly do and you DO need to test, regardless of symptoms or the lack thereof.

Let us know how it turns out. Fingers crossed it's good news.

Ann

WANT2BEOK:
Thanks for the advice.

The unprotected incident was two months ago, and I got sick one month ago, so 4 weeks after the incident. If the worst does happen, will the doctor have a counselor or someone to speak to or will he just give me my results, and let me go?...cause i dont know what i will do if that happens.

Ann:
Want,

Different clinics operate differently. You'll have to ask at the clinic you attend what proceedure they follow for giving results. You are within your rights to request counseling after a result of any sort.

A test now would be an excellent indication of your status, but remember, a negative at this point must be confirmed at the three month point. And yes, it is totally possible that you may test negative, but testing is the ONLY way you'll know for sure.

Ann

WANT2BEOK:
Thanks Ann,

After reading the other posts, I have a question for anyone who can answer it. I'm in Canada so all medical treatment is free. Since the doctor doesnt know what I have, and took 3 vials of blood to do a blood film exam, monospot, white cell count, hemagloben test, and hemacrite tests among others (from the list i can remember) would it be safe to assume that when doing this blood work they are checking for HIV, or should I go to a sex clinic and get an actual HIV test? If I need to go and get a specific HIV test, which one is the best? (since it's free im not really worried about cost). Thanks

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