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Author Topic: One Unprotected Vaginal occurrence and Symptoms  (Read 1984 times)

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One Unprotected Vaginal occurrence and Symptoms
« on: October 24, 2009, 08:30:10 AM »
I am very worried about a potential exposure, I would greatly appreciate any feedback on my risk and symptoms.

Two weeks ago I had unprotected vaginal intercourse with someone I did not know well (her HIV status was unknown).   This unprotected intercourse lasted 2 to 3 minutes before I stopped it.  I am circumcized.  I believe she is promiscuous.

My symptoms were:

Day 3, 4 - Loose bowels, loss of appetite
Day 4, 5 - Slight discomfort of inguinal area.. I felt a dull ache in inner thigh area on both sides of my groin
Day 8 - Inguinal / inner thigh dull ache increased and felt like a sore muscle almost.  I could feel one lymph node on my inner left thigh, tender to touch, but did not appear swollen.
One lymph node on the left side of my neck became firm and slightly swollen (bean sized).  Underneath my right chin was sore (I think these are lymph nodes but they weren't swollen, just a general soreness)
I developed a fever that peaked at 99.9 degrees and lasted 2 days.  My palms and feet were sweaty and I had the chills (felt cold, them warmed up).
White Pasty Coated Tongue - A white coated tongue developed and has remained for a week.
Day 10 - Fever subsided, came down to normal temperature.
Day 11 - One case of green diarrhea. Ache in groin is gone.
Day 12, 13 - Yellow stools

The fever only lasted a few days, but I still sometimes feel chilly, and have white coated tongue and yellow stools.

A few questions I would tremendously appreciate feedback on:

1 - Is it possible these are ARS symptoms?  I felt unwell after 3 days, then the symptoms increased as above.
2 - Am I at risk for HIV given my exposure and early symptoms?
3 - If not HIV, any idea what this could be?  I saw a Dr already who thinks it could be a general viral infection (one of the usual viral infections out there ie. flu, fever etc).  I'm hoping the white tongue and yellow stools is just my body trying to eliminate a harmless virus.

I am very worried and would appreciate any feedback.  I am going to schedule regular blood testing over the next several weeks.  Thank you.
« Last Edit: October 24, 2009, 08:42:32 AM by Hopeful »

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Re: One Unprotected Vaginal occurrence and Symptoms
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2009, 08:56:49 AM »

I believe she is promiscuous.


So what? You need to know that PEOPLE are not high or low risks, ACTIVITIES are high or low risk. It's not WHO you do, it's HOW you do it that matters. You chose to not use a condom, YOU chose to put yourself at risk for hiv infection.

1. Neither symptoms nor the lack of symptoms will ever tell you a single thing about your hiv status. ONLY testing at the appropriate time will. Some people have no symptoms following a risk, yet test positive, some people have loads of symptoms following a risk, yet test negative. For this reason, we do NOT discuss symptoms here. Your symptoms are not hiv specific. If you feel unwell, see a doctor.

2. You are at risk because you had unprotected intercourse, not because you have symptoms. The earliest you should test is at six weeks, as the vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by this time. A negative six week result must be confirmed at the three month point where there has been an actual risk and you HAVE had a risk. You need to test.

3. We cannot diagnose you over the internet and neither can anyone else.  Your doctor is probably correct in what he said, but if you continue to feel unwell, see your doctor again.

Although you have had a risk, the odds are in your favour of testing negative following a one-time insertive vaginal incident. Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus and more so from a woman to a man. However, you have put yourself at risk and you do need to test at the appropriate time. It's the ONLY way to know your hiv status.

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 all three 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.

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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