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Offline Worried52

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Any hope?
« on: January 02, 2021, 09:16:45 am »
Is there any realistic hope this is not HIV?

I had an encounter with a female sex worker that was briefly unprotected.

2 weeks later, had about three nights of night sweats and a fever.  My upper torso has been itchy, but I'm not sure I've had a visible/obvious rash.  Skin still itches a bit.  Then, three days of obvious lymph node pain in armpits and elsewhere.  However, the person I was with tested negative on a 4th gen test 13 days after we met, and has no symptoms.  Could be a false negative or too soon, though?

But my symptoms seem so specific, any chance at all this is not HIV or an I just in denial?

Yes I'm getting tested but results will take a few days.

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Re: Any hope?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2021, 09:34:28 am »
Hiya,

Look symptoms mean nothing, nothing mentioned is HIV specific though and all that matters are test results. Talk to your healthcare provider and treat whatever is making you feel unwell instead of stressing about it.

Reading your post I understand that there was condomless intercourse??

If so just test with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test at 6 weeks post-incident, a negative result at that time will rarely ever change. If you wish you can re-test at 3 months post-incident for peace of mind.

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 talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get 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

Jim

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Re: Any hope?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2021, 09:40:03 am »
I would like to think you are right but the timing is just too perfect and the symptoms match how ARS is often described.

If I do an RNA test at 3 weeks would that be conclusive?

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Re: Any hope?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2021, 09:42:48 am »
Hiya

Perfect would be no symptoms whatsoever or none noticible for an initial infection with HIV. Please don't ask again about symptoms I've already said its nothing specific.

As for testing, see my initial reply.
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Re: Any hope?
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2021, 09:44:43 am »
Thanks.  My understanding is that the RNA test is conclusive when taken after 9-11 days.  Is this not correct?

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Re: Any hope?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2021, 10:03:46 am »
I would retest with a blood drawn antibodies test at 6 weeks post potential exposure.
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