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Author Topic: Seeking Support and Advice: Recent Experience and Concerns  (Read 840 times)

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Dear Forum Members,

I hope this message finds you well. It's with a sense of vulnerability that I share a recent experience that has left me anxious and uncertain. In a moment of weakness, I engaged in insertive vaginal sex with a sex worker. I want to emphasize that the encounter was protected, but despite this precaution, I found myself overwhelmed with worry and shame.

Immediately after the encounter, I sought out Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and began the regimen approximately 21 hours afterward. As the weeks progressed, I experienced flu-like symptoms, including fatigue and a persistent sore throat that persisted for about a week, although no fever. Despite testing negative at 27 days post-exposure, my symptoms continued to concern me.

Around the 28th day mark, I began experiencing muscle twitches, spasms, joint pain, and general muscle discomfort. Recently, on day 35 post-exposure and having completed my PEP regimen three days ago, I developed what appears to be a folliculitis-like rash on my left arm and chest, accompanied by a burning sensation. Additionally, the muscle twitching, spasms, and pain persist.

I'm grappling with uncertainty, unsure whether these symptoms could indicate a potential positive diagnosis for HIV seroconversion.

In addition to these symptoms, since day 32, I've experienced discomfort and slight pain in my scrotum. I can also feel a small lump behind my testicles.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to this forum for providing a space where I can seek guidance and support during this challenging time. This experience has prompted me to educate myself more deeply about HIV, and for that, I am immensely thankful.

If anyone has insights, experiences, or advice to share, I would be deeply appreciative. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Warm regards
« Last Edit: May 11, 2024, 10:51:29 pm by acer2000 »

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Re: Seeking Support and Advice: Recent Experience and Concerns
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2024, 01:45:05 am »

I read your post three times, you had sex and halfway through you felt overwhelmed with shame & guilt. 

The symptoms mentioned have nothing to do with HIV and this encounter wasn't an HIV concern, you did not need PEP or HIV testing outside of the yearly routine screening, move on with your life.

I've experienced discomfort and slight pain in my scrotum. I can also feel a small lump behind my testicles.

See your healthcare provider so they can check out the lump.

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


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