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HIV Prevention and Testing => Do I Have HIV? => Topic started by: JohnB1991 on July 05, 2022, 08:57:03 am

Title: Ambiguous Results and Disturbing Symptoms
Post by: JohnB1991 on July 05, 2022, 08:57:03 am
Hi,

11 months ago I received a handjob from a guy that was very likely HIV+. Some anal fluids were present on his hand during the handjob. Ever since I experienced disturbing and persistent symptoms pointing to HIV: sore throat that went on for months, itchy skin that is not going away and chronic diarrhea. I also tested positive for E. Coli in my stool. Apparently a strain that is commonly found in immunocompromised patients. I also have persistent neck pain on 1 side. So far my 4th gen and RNA HIV tests have been consistently negative after testing multiple times and well beyond the window period. However, my lymphocyte counts donít look good: CD4 580, CD8 571, CD4/CD8 1.01. CD57 count is also high.
Has anyone been in a similar boat? Could someone give me some advice? I really feel desperate.
Is an HIV DNA test worth it?

Thanks,
John
Title: Re: Ambiguous Results and Disturbing Symptoms
Post by: Jim Allen on July 05, 2022, 12:57:54 pm
You had no HIV risk whatsoever from the handjob.

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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