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Seeking wisdom
« on: May 02, 2022, 09:10:58 pm »
Am I going crazy? Is this just stress thatís manifested itself into some weird hypochondriac syndrome?

Last year I had protected Insertive anal sex. I suffer from very mild hsv, and after the act I did notice a little superficial sore that should have been covered by the condom. It was indistinguishable between a small hsv sore or a little scratch from the teeth prior to sex.

Research leads me to information stating prior STDís enhance risk. I canít guarantee it was covered by the condom as it was a little lower on the shaft.

I had a comprehensive health eval at least 8 weeks later that included hiv and hep c testing. I see through this forum that 12 weeks is definitive but would an 8 week test change? It very well could have been longer than 8 weeks but I canít be sure of the timeline. Itís been too long now. But I can be sure it was at least 8 weeks. Which was negative. That 4 week difference worries me now that Iím thinking about the herpes.

After that test I performed oral on a man twice. Same guy. He ejaculated once (wasnít supposed to but he did). I spit and rinsed shortly after.

That health exam was very in-depth and I was given a clean bill of health.

About a month after the oral I started just feeling like crap. I also started a new job that gives me insane stressÖmore than Iíve ever dealt with in my life. But I mean seriously, for a yearÖI canít imagine a stress response being like this. I know you donít discuss symptoms here but theyíre impossible to ignore.

Pain in the areas where my lymph nodes are (never swollen, just intermittent pain), weird skin abnormalities that come and go. GI upsets. Body aches. On and off for a whole damn year. I mean would hiv even cause this in the first year? Was the 8 weeks long enough if thatís all it was? Did the possible herpes sore matter in this case? I have no idea because the internet seems hell bent on making me more anxious.

Iím nearing the time for another check up and testing and Iím just scared as hell right now. The scariest thing is that under normal circumstances Iíd consider myself a calm and collective person with thatís able to get themselves under control in times of stress but Iím at the point where Iím legitimately scared of this upcoming doctors appointment.

Let me know if my concerns here are legitimate or if Iím being ridiculous.

Thanks so much for your time

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Re: Seeking wisdom
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2022, 12:19:34 am »
Hiya,

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I had a comprehensive health eval at least 8 weeks later that included hiv and hep c testing.

Even if you had had a risk I would have recommended HIV testing at 6+ weeks post-exposure. Presuming it was a vain drawn (lab) antibody test, the result is reliable, so relax.

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I performed oral on a man twice

the mouth generally lacks a route for HIV to infect, and saliva also acts to neutralize HIV by damaging the receptors needed to infect human cells.

It's such a minute HIV risk that it doesn't warrant specific testing outside of the standard yearly routine.

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I suffer from very mild hsv

You could consider talking to your healthcare provider about medication to help prevent future outbreaks and reduce the risk of passing it on to your partners, as herpes can be passed on during viral shedding (skin contact) even when you don't have a visible outbreak.

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Pain in the areas where my lymph nodes are (never swollen, just intermittent pain), weird skin abnormalities that come and go. GI upsets. Body aches. On and off for a whole damn year.

Sorry to hear that you have been feeling unwell. It's not HIV specific and instead of stressing about it go see your doctor and treat whatever is making you feel unwell.

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the internet seems hell bent on making me more anxious.

Yeah, stop googling health issues, it will just cause you more stress and stress is bad for your health.  ;) Instead, if you feel unwell then go see your doctor so they can treat it.

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 which may be described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV might still pose a risk for other 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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Re: Seeking wisdom
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2022, 02:25:03 pm »
Thanks Jim. Yes it was a vein drawn lab, several tubes just for the blood borne pathogens. Good to know even 6 weeks would have been conclusive.

As for the hsv, Iím on antivirals and so was the partner. I tell people my status, Iím not an a-hole lol. But even still sometimes an outbreak sneaks through, itís very possible it was just an abrasion because there was oral first but I couldnít rule out hsv. Wasnít sure if it made a difference.

Iím usually not a nut when it comes to my health. Iím really starting to believe that the stress of this job is manifesting itself into physical symptoms. Like Iíll become hyper focused on a skin blemish. Itís so weird.

At any rate youíve given me some peace of mind and I appreciate it.

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Re: Seeking wisdom
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2022, 02:46:28 pm »
You're welcome
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Re: Seeking wisdom
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2022, 03:14:41 pm »
Hi,

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Re: Seeking wisdom
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2022, 03:55:48 pm »
@MJ.

As well-intended as your post might be only authorized members are allowed comment & answer peoples question in the "Do I Have HIV?" forum.

If you have a question of your own, please open your own to thread, however, do not write in other peoples threads again as it will result in a permanent ban. Thank you.
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Re: Seeking wisdom
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2022, 03:57:00 pm »
@Anctiousone

I apologize that this has happened in your thread.

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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2022, 04:16:16 pm »
Itís alright, it was removed before I even saw it.

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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2022, 04:18:36 pm »
Itís alright, it was removed before I even saw it.

I still apologize, it wasn't even related to your concern/questions.

This will not count against your three free posts.

Best Jim
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