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Author Topic: Need HELP with pre-treatment symptoms and self-care  (Read 406 times)

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Need HELP with pre-treatment symptoms and self-care
« on: September 11, 2021, 04:08:35 pm »
Yesterday I took a quick test and found out I'm POZ after not going to the doctor for about two years (so no idea how long I've had this condition, and that doesn't help too much with my anxiety).

This last month I've felt some things, some symptoms and stuff and as much as I'd like to go today to a clinic and start treatment right away, (because I've had difficulty breathing last week /Torax X-rays shows no sign of illness/ and right now I'm having fatigue, a faster-than-normal urge to urinate and extremely dry skin) clinics on my area start working on Monday (It's saturday 4:05pm right now).

Any advice on how to keep healthy as f**k before the tests, as to help my body function normally until I get treatment in about 1/2 weeks?
I'm a 25-years-old male who is, mostly, scared.
« Last Edit: September 11, 2021, 04:23:30 pm by ArcheusRed »

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Re: Need HELP with pre-treatment symptoms and self-care
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2021, 04:38:27 pm »

I can understand a reactive result is a shock and a lot to digest.

However, we see false reactive results here regularly and until you have confirmation test results, there really is no need to overthink things or get ahead yourself.

The clinic may run another antibodies test, if that yields a reactive result they will get confirmation testing done after that. Keep working with the doctor/clinic to get further testing done.

As for the breathing, urination and skin problems, keep working with your healthcare provider. There is no reason to wait as it will need further investigation regardless of your HIV status to determine the cause and appropriate treatment course.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP going forward as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other easier to transmit STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected 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


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