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Am I infected
« on: June 05, 2022, 09:45:23 am »
Hi all. I am freaking out and need some opinions. I am F, 23, MI. I had unprotected vaginal sex on April 6 twice, the first time I’m unsure if he came and the second time he pulled out and came on my thighs. a week after I got sick. I had a sore throat and cough with phlegm that went away after a week. I am too scared to go to the doctors as Now the guy is nowhere to be found & won’t answer my calls
I took an Oraquick test 30 days later negative. Then another one at 46 days later @ it was negative also. The same week I got symptoms of swollen lymph nodes on my neck and fatigue muscle sore joints….. a big one is feeling heart palpitations and my chest hurting and right under my chest hurts and feels so sore has anyone with HIV had that symptom?

Also how accurate is Oraquick wouldn’t I have antibodies after the 1st week?
« Last Edit: June 05, 2022, 10:00:34 am by Aspoir »

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Re: Am I infected
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2022, 10:46:23 am »
Hiya,

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I had a sore throat and cough with phlegm that went away after a week

Nothing to do with HIV from the concerned encounter. 

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I got symptoms of swollen lymph nodes on my neck and fatigue muscle sore joints….. a big one is feeling heart palpitations and my chest hurting and right under my chest hurts and feels so sore has anyone with HIV had that symptom?

Heart palpitations & your chest hurts, see your doctor! Nothing to do with HIV from the concerned encounter but I will stress that you need to see your doctor to check and treat whatever is causing this.

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wouldn’t I have antibodies after the 1st week?

No, and as this is a rapid test kit you will need to retest three months post potential exposure.

However, if you see your doctor they can order a lab antibodies test and at six+ weeks a non-reactive result with that would rarely ever change and retesting at three months is generally not needed.

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Now the guy is nowhere to be found & won’t answer my calls

Doesn't mean anything other than he is not that into you. It happens, we have all been there.
 
Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms, and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Am I infected
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2022, 12:41:52 pm »
Why not? Are these not symptoms? Is 1 week too early

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Re: Am I infected
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2022, 01:35:45 pm »
Mix of reasons including, too soon, never related issues with initial HIV and the inconclusive but nonreactive
HIV results so far.

Something is making you feel unwell, don't ignore these issues, see your doctor and treat them.
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Re: Am I infected
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2022, 02:17:48 pm »
I have another question. What if I was sleeping and and the blood of someone whose infected & not on meds got into my mouth? And kind of sit in there for a while. I heard when you swallow it your GI tract destroys the virus. But what about if they just dropped a couple drops in blood in there while I was sleeping and it sat in my mouth for a while. I sleep with my mouth open so I’m kinda worried. Will the blood go through my gums? From what I know I do not have any open sores or cuts in my mouth. So this would be blood to saliva transmission?

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Re: Am I infected
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2022, 03:52:56 pm »
You are sleeping and somehow someone's blood gets into your mouth...

What's your partners name, Hannibal Lecter?

Anyhow, this "what if" concern isn't an HIV risk.

Move on with your life, use condoms for any intercourse, don't share syringes when doing drugs.
« Last Edit: June 22, 2022, 03:55:38 pm by Jim Allen »
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