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Author Topic: Pretty sure i have it.. need advice for someone with low income  (Read 701 times)

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Pretty sure i have it.. need advice for someone with low income
« on: September 20, 2022, 12:02:43 pm »
Hi! Before i continue i want to say thank you for reading and helping me with any info provided. As most of you understand this is pretty nerve wracking.

So 18 days ago i moved out to vegas attempting to start a new life (🙄) and look for work and i wanted to let loose a little and visited one of the local bathhouses. One thing led to another and i ended up on a table getting ran through by probably 10 people.. not sure who was protected and who wasnt. Not my best move, i know. 13 days after i started feeling pretty sick.. swollen lymph node on the left side of neck, cold sensitivity that lasted for about 3 days, fever, lack of appetite, sore throat, mild fatigue, mild nausea, sweats.. other than the loss of appetite and the swollen lymph node those symptoms are gone and replaced with sharp pinpoint muscle pain in my arms below the elbow. It was just pain in my left arm yesterday and today its in my right and mildly in the back of my thighs. No rashes yet or ulcers anywhere and im prone to getting them in my mouth.

What id like to know is the proper course of action for someone like me who currently doesnt even have any real income. Are there free testing options? Treatment options? Am i screwed if i test positive? Whats the correct timing to go get tested and receive an accurate result?

Thank you!! 🫶🏻🫶🏻🫶🏻

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Re: Pretty sure i have it.. need advice for someone with low income
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2022, 12:14:45 pm »
Hiya,

Sorry to hear that you feel unwell and hope you feel better soon and if you can see a healthcare provider for treatment.

Understand that the HIV concern is condomless intercourse.

To confirm your HIV status, test at six weeks with a blood draw (lab) antibody test. The result will rarely change, and retesting at three months generally isn't needed.
If you are testing using rapid or rapid point-of-care tests, you can also test at six weeks but repeat testing at three months post potential exposure.

Regarding treatment, you are getting ahead of things, there are programs, but I would not be stressing too much about that just yet. First test, and I have included a link outlining free testing locations you can contact and the care program in Nevada.

https://endhivnevada.org/free-hiv-testing-locations-in-nevada/

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
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, and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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