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NotVictorFrankenstine:
Hello all,

I woke up Friday with a mild sore throat, headache, neck stiffness, and eyeball pain.  Then today, 5 days after potential exposure, I believe I have sores along my tongue where my teeth touch my tongue.  Am trying to tell myself itís just Stress Tongue Syndrome, where stress causes you to suck on your tongue and you see the indentation of your teeth on your tongue. 

Thank you,

NVF

Jim Allen:
What was the potential exposure? Sharing syringes, condomless intercourse?

NotVictorFrankenstine:
I went to a massage parlor in the U.S. Put a condom on and IMMEDIATELY upon insertion of popped.  Like literally popped/broke.  Complete failure.  At which point I immediately pulled back out and she also moved forward to eject me out.  I was only inside 1-3 seconds.  And 3 seconds being very conservative and generous.  She was also dry like no other, and probably the reason why condom failed.

She washed me up with a damp towel and soaps right after.  And I decided not to continue with intercourse.

Initially I wasnít concerned at all.  i know that HIV is a really hard virus to acquire.  But my OCD took over and I visited a ER.  First once basically told me to go away, and that my real concern should be other STDs and not HIV.  And the second ER was heading down the same path until I was a bit more adamant and they conceded in prescribing PEP.  I took one dose, just one, and decided against it as I felt it would be silly to take these meds with intense side effects for a potential exposure that in my gut, in the moment, felt like it was fine. 

NAT scheduled for 13 days after exposure. 

Jim Allen:
You had intercourse with a sex worker, and the condom broke.

To know your HIV status, test six weeks post this potential exposure with a blood-draw (lab) HIV antibody test. The result at this time will rarely change, and retesting at three months generally isn't needed.


--- Quote ---I woke up Friday with a mild sore throat, headache, neck stiffness, and eyeball pain.  Then today, 5 days after potential exposure, I believe I have sores along my tongue where my teeth touch my tongue.
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Nothing to do with HIV from the concerned encounter, so see your healthcare provider and hope you feel better soon.


--- Quote --- I took one dose, just one, and decided against it as I felt it would be silly to take these meds with intense side effects for a potential exposure that in my gut, in the moment, felt like it was fine.
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It's just PEP for a short duration. People should not expect any issues aside from a bit of settling in. Also, if you do acquire HIV, you will be taking those PEP drugs as treatment for life, not just for 28 days.

Here's what you need to know to reduce your HIV risks:
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; testing is the only way to know.

Kind regards

Jim

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NotVictorFrankenstine:

--- Quote ---Also, if you do acquire HIV, you will be taking those PEP drugs as treatment for life, not just for 28 days.

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You expecting to be positive?  Or are you just stating that those are the same drugs HIV+ people use?  Or was I insensitive in the way I asked or talked on here?  If so, Iím sorry.

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