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I've been having a very mild fever for the past week. I've never had a fever that lasted more than 3 days so this is scary for me. Temperature is usually under 99 fahrenheit (37.2222 Celsius). I also have some fatigue, and some minor upset stomache, and some headaches. I just took the oraquick saliva test today and it was negative. This is 32 days after PEP. Is this a good sign? Is there any report that PEP might delay Oraquick to detect antibodies?
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Am I Infected? / Re: Anxiety and Paranoia
« Last post by CaveyUK on Today at 05:06:48 pm »
Yes, the sex clinic did say that. I am assuming I am not the only person that has call them to panic about test results and/or information about HIV, and to brush me off, the counsellor said since he has worked there he has never diagnosed and heterosexual male with HIV. That’s why I reached these forums. If I didn’t get sick immediately after going to the sex clinic after hearing the HIV symptoms, if the doctor had swab me for strep throat, or if I didn’t get an allergic reaction to penicillin, I would have a better state of mind. The hypochondriac in me probably is causing my illness to be worse since I think I have high blood pressure.

Anyhow, I will be going next Tuesday to get another test done. It will be 3 weeks after my last intercourse. Hopefully that will put my mind at ease.

Thank you Jim for your help.

There are many men who contracted HIV through heterosexual sex. The clinic are clearly passing on mixed messages, both telling you that in effect heterosexual men do not get diagnosed with HIV (which is incorrect) and at the same time, describing your non-risk event as 'low risk' (which is incorrect).  They don't sound very enlightened in regards to the condition, which is probably the nicest thing I can say about them.

You simply didn't have a risk. If it makes you feel better by having a test then go ahead, but it doesn't translate into there being a risk where none actually existed, nor does it validate or invalidate what some ignorant clinic worker tells you about risk populations.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Anxiety and Paranoia
« Last post by Veggiesnap on Today at 04:33:46 pm »
Yes, the sex clinic did say that. I am assuming I am not the only person that has call them to panic about test results and/or information about HIV, and to brush me off, the counsellor said since he has worked there he has never diagnosed and heterosexual male with HIV. That’s why I reached these forums. If I didn’t get sick immediately after going to the sex clinic after hearing the HIV symptoms, if the doctor had swab me for strep throat, or if I didn’t get an allergic reaction to penicillin, I would have a better state of mind. The hypochondriac in me probably is causing my illness to be worse since I think I have high blood pressure.

Anyhow, I will be going next Tuesday to get another test done. It will be 3 weeks after my last intercourse. Hopefully that will put my mind at ease.

Thank you Jim for your help.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo oral y me hicieron una herida
« Last post by Jkest2 on Today at 04:02:06 pm »
Cabe destacar que igual he tenido nauseas, pero no se si sean generadas por el temor que tengo :(
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Estoy infectado? / Sexo oral y me hicieron una herida
« Last post by Jkest2 on Today at 03:38:20 pm »
Hola qué tal?
hace como 2 semanas y media tuve sexo oral y nada más eso
tuve una pequeña molestia en el pene y me hicieron una herida, solo sangré un poco y tengo la herida justo en la cabeza del pene, apenas esta sanando y tengo miedo que me haya infectado, no he presentado ningún sintoma pero siento que tengo los ganglios inflamados. Si se puede saber, cuanto debe de medir un ganglio sin inflamar?
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Vivir con el VIH / Re: Que triste es saber....
« Last post by Tonny2 on Today at 03:03:11 pm »

         ojo       hola nuevamente Mario...se a lo que te refieres acerca de que te hemos ayudado pero a la vez, este foro te da mas ansiedad...hay mucha gente que no esta para seguir leyendo tragedias de otros, inclusive, yo mismo les recomiendo que regresenn a su vida normal, a la vida antes de el diagnostico...creo que tu estarias mejor alujado de este foro, al menos hasta que hayas aceptado tu condicion...como te dije antes, tienes mucha suerte de tratarte con medicamentos de primer mundo, muchos de nuestros amig@s lationoamericanos, no tienen esa suerte de hecho, no saben de esos nuevos medicamentos. con esto te quiero decir, que al menos no estas tan mal en cuanto a buen medicamento y servicio mefico se refiere, por ahi, cfreo que debes enfocar tu mente...espero que encuentres ayuda y que pronto, aprendas a vivir con esto, ya que no podemos hacer nada para quitaros el virus, recapitulo, si, si podemos hacer algo para reducir el virus en nuestra sangre, esto es, tomando nuestros mediamentos, ya estando el virus controlado, creo que el tuyo ya esta indetectable, asi podras tomar control de tu vida nuevamente...te deseo lo mejor, echale ganas, tienes una familia por quien luchar y a quien agradecer su preocupacion y apoyo, ademas de el amor incondicional que te ofrecen...te mando un abrazo, estare pensando enti mandandote energias positivas para que encuentras la paz en tu mente, corazon y alma                                                    ojo

os no eres el unico en ests situacion de no poder digerir el diagnostico, a algunos, se nos pasa mas rapido que a otros
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Am I Infected? / Re: HIV Test 82 Days
« Last post by xxxx123 on Today at 12:37:51 pm »
Thank you anyway i will try my best to overcome this issue. You are doing a great service.

Kind Regards.

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Am I Infected? / Re: HIV Test 82 Days
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 12:34:19 pm »
Well in that case I would definitely be moving on with your life at this stage.

Just remember to use condoms and test as normal routine at least yearly for STIs and hiv.

Jim

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Am I Infected? / Re: HIV Test 82 Days
« Last post by xxxx123 on Today at 12:29:41 pm »
Sorry unprotected receptive oral sex with ejeculating inside and receptive anal sex just five secs i guess .. i was so drunk it was my mistake i admit and it is very risky.. Thank you for support

By the way what about psoriasis? Does it affect i am suffering from it for the last 5 years.. Btw. doctors told me to stop at 42 days and my lab told me they will not test me if i will come again. I know it is going to obsessive compulsive disorder and planning to visit doctors for that one as well..
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Am I Infected? / Re: HIV Test 82 Days
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 12:25:38 pm »
Why are you testing? What was your exposure?

Anyhow most people will test positive before 6 weeks and 3 months is conclusive and no amount of dry mouth or thrush will change that. Stop reading stories, its nonsense. Thrush is common and not caused by hiv, also it does not change the immune system response to hiv.stay away from paranoid nonsense its unhealthy for you mentally and emotionally

If you test again in a few days from now its up to you but I would not expect the results to change and my advice is instead to move on with your life

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

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 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.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

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