Quantcast

Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
September 23, 2014, 05:23:07 AM

Login with username, password and session length


Members
  • Total Members: 23525
  • Latest: Dman
Stats
  • Total Posts: 639835
  • Total Topics: 48573
  • Online Today: 204
  • Online Ever: 585
  • (January 07, 2014, 02:31:47 PM)
Users Online
Users: 5
Guests: 132
Total: 137

Welcome


Welcome to the POZ/AIDSmeds Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ/AIDSmeds community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Welcome to Am I Infected

IMPORTANT UPDATE
Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to the "Am I Infected?" POZ forum.

New members -- those who have posted three or fewer messages -- are permitted to post questions and responses, free of charge (make them count!). Ongoing participation in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- posting more than three questions or responses -- requires a paid subscription.

A seven-day subscription is $9.99, a 30-day subscription is $14.99 and a 90-day subscription is $24.99.

Anyone who needs to post more than three messages in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- including past, present and future POZ Forums members -- will need to subscribe, with secure payments made via PayPal.

There will be no charge to continue reading threads in the "Am I Infected?" forum, nor will there be a charge for participating in any of the Main Forums; Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits; and Off Topic Forums. Similarly, all POZ and AIDSmeds pages, including our "How is HIV Transmitted?" and "Am I Infected? (A Guide to Testing for HIV)" lessons, will remain accessible to all. 

NOTE: HIV testing questions will still need to be posted in the "Am I Infected?" forum; attempts to post HIV symptoms or testing questions in any other forums will be considered violations of our rules of membership and subject to time-outs and permanent bans.

To learn how to upgrade your Forums account to participate beyond three posts in the "Am I Infected?" Forum, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding and future support of the best online support service for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

Author Topic: I may have a problem, please help.  (Read 1407 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline thirdtimesacharm

  • member
  • Posts: 1
I may have a problem, please help.
« on: January 08, 2007, 07:17:39 AM »
Hello everyone. Here is my story.

Exactly a week ago, I joined some of my good friends at a party . There were guys that were friends of my other friends at the table. So being among friends, people who my friends trust, imagine my surprise when after about an hour, I started to feel odd. Dizzy, lightheaded, off balance, nauseated, weak. I knew I wasn't drunk because I barely had anything yet. My friends were already very drunk, one of them later had to be carried out. The point is, I felt the effects of a drug immediately, and they were familiar, because I'd been raped and drugged before, in my sophmore year of high school.

I don't remember anything afterwards. Not leaving, not who I left with, nothing. I remember coming to when the cab driver was helping me out of the car, already in front of my building.

I was so disoriented, I just walked into my room and passed out. The next day, I had a really bad sore throat, and my bronchis were acting up. So I decided that if it would get worse, I would take my zithromax, because when I get bronchitis, I don't start coughing until very late into the infection. So I thought I was just sick, until I got out of bed and found it a little hard to walk. I then noticed bruises on my body, on my arms, breasts, and in between my thighs. I can't honestly say I felt like I was (pardon me) fucked by king kong, but my vagina felt  sore. I don't know which of the guys it was, if it was just one or two of them, if they used a condom or not (which I think they might have, because I usually experience this type of soreness from the spermicide on the condoms).

It's been a week now. I went on zithromax from wed. to fri. (3 day treatment). I had a slight fever and swollen glands on friday. The sore throat is minor, but still persistent. No other symptoms so far, except that as of saturday, I've been taking twice daily cold prescriptions and cough medicine that was prescribed with my Zithromax. Other than that, sweats. I know that symptoms usually appear about 2-4 weeks after infection, and come at once. Because I've been raped twice before, I've done my fair share of research on symptoms, transmission, and risk.

A friend told me that even now, an oral swab would be able to detect antibodies. What I plan on doing, is getting an oral swab this week, and hopefully, if negative, get a retest about 6-8 weeks after that, as well as a full panel.

What I'm looking for here, is support and reassurance. I know I need to get tested, which is what I'm going to do. The problem is, I've had this minor cold for the past week that won't let up, with the sore throat and ccasional cough, so that's making me nervous as hell. I've been reading about probabilities of transmission and am looking at everything from a worst-case scenario pov. I read on multiple sites that the risk for a woman to get HIV from one instance of unprotected vaginal intercourse is 0.01 %, or 1 in 1,000. However, if the guy(s) were positive, and were during the initial period of their infection, where the virus is multiplying rapidly, or if they had STDs (I don't, or rather, didn't, having just been to my gyno recently for my routine checkup), my risk could've been as high as 1 in 25. I've also been looking at the CDC table for NY statistics for 2005, where new HIV cases are divided by age, race, sexuality, etc. Assuming they were heterosexual, non IDU, white non-hispanic males, I know that improves my odds, because they are not considered to be of a certain risk group.

If there's any other advice or reassurance that can be given, it would be much appreciated. I'm trying to keep myself grounded, knowing that relatively speaking, I'm low risk, but that once is indeed all it may take. I'm scared.

Offline Ann

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 28,140
  • It just is, OK?
    • Num is sum qui mentiar tibi?
Re: I may have a problem, please help.
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2007, 07:48:26 AM »
third,

Good friends? Are you sure about that?

It sounds like you need to have a complete sexual health care check up. Most of the STIs can be tested for ten days to two weeks after an incident has occurred, and sooner if symptoms such as an unusual discharge occur.

As the vast majority of people who have actually been infected with hiv will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks, a negative result at that time would be an excellent indication of your true status, but MUST be confirmed at the three month point. Syphilis shares a three month window period.

I would suggest that you stop practicing medicine without a license and go see your doctor about your chest worries. It's nothing to do with hiv because as you yourself know, ARS symptoms do not occur so quickly.

There is no point in speculating over your hiv status. Symptoms or even the lack of symptoms mean nothing when it comes to hiv infection. ONLY testing will reliably inform you of you hiv status.

Ann
Condoms are a girl's best friend

Condom and Lube Info  



"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


Terms of Membership for these forums
 

© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.