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rapuy06:
I have the following question,

I had sex with a sex worker (un protected..silly i know), i did an ELISA 8 weeks after an NEGATIVE. No symptoms.

The only symptoms i have after that are recurrent CANKER SORE in my mouth, very anoying..I am very afraid of that because I read/heard that it was one symptoms of the HIV and im afraid of making other exam.

This canker sore appears...heals and the next week appeas again..can be that my inmune system is depresed?

Or may it my that muy alimentation is bad, im eating wit too much spice and heat.

Im afraid
Thanks for reading this

Matt

RapidRod:
You've had a negative test at 8 weeks and I can't see it changing by 12/13 weeks. Canker sores are common occurrence to anyone, not just persons with HIV or depressed immune systems.

cubbybear:
Your 8 week negative is fairly conclusive.  Canker sores can appear in anyone regardless of their HIV status.  If you are worried, retest at 12-13 weeks, however there is really no need to, you should accept your 8 week result as conclusive.  You can always visit your local doctor to discuss your canker sore, but like I said, if it will settle your anxiety, by all means test again at 12-13 weeks for a definitive result, however personally I don't think this is necessary.

Cheers
Matt

Ann:
Matt,

Symptoms or the lack of symptoms mean absolutely nothing when it comes to hiv infection. Only the right test at the right time will reliably inform you of your hiv status.

Canker sores have nothing to do with hiv. And yes, spicy foods can cause them and stress can also cause them.

Your eight week negative is an excellent indication of your hiv status. The vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks. It is very rare for an eight week negative to change. However, you need to test again at the 12-13 week mark for a conclusive result.

So yes, test again when you have reached 12-13 weeks after your unprotected incident. I fully expect this result to also be negative.

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 STIs together.

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.

Test again, collect your conclusive negative result and move on with your life. Remember to use condoms every time, no exceptions and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

Ann

rapuy06:
thanks all...
i will have to admit everything is ok..;)

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