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Offline josephjoestar1110

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Need Reassurance/Testing Assurance
« on: December 08, 2021, 05:39:14 pm »
Hello,

I had an exposure in early September, I am a straight male who had vaginal sex with a sex worker of unknown status and realized that the condom may have slipped. I got the following tests

5th week - 4th gen ag/ab blood draw - negative

6th week - 4th gen ag/ab blood draw - negative
                 PCR NAT HIV 1 - negative
7th week - 4th gen ag/ab blood draw - negative

8th week - third gen ab blood draw - negative

I continue to have symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes on my arm pit, naseua, diarrehia, loss of appetite. In addition, I had burning sensation when I pee and aching pain in my urethra, and have tested negative multiple times for Gonnoreah, Chylmadia, Trich, and other STD's and UTI's. I am very anxious about having HIV and doctors are telling me to wait up to 6 months.

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Re: Need Reassurance/Testing Assurance
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2021, 06:06:27 pm »
6 months would be about 25 years out of date.

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realized that the condom may have slipped

Slipped how? Fully came off (disappeared) during the act of intercourse? Slipped off whilst withdrawing or riding up the shaft but coving the head of your penis?
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Re: Need Reassurance/Testing Assurance
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2021, 07:19:46 pm »
Im not sure, I think it slipped off near the end but Im not sure thinking back if it covered everything. Either way Id like to maybe think about whats conclusive

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Re: Need Reassurance/Testing Assurance
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2021, 07:32:04 pm »
You're not sure? Did you have a condom on your penis after the sex? or was the condom hanging out of her vagina? If the answer is yes to either of these then move on with your life.

The other option would be that during intercourse the condom came off fully, to help you picture it, this would be having to fish out the condom from her vagina afterwards, if this was the case it's an HIV risk.

Now you have already tested and the result for HIV is non-reactive on an HIV antibodies lab test that was performed 6+ weeks after the incident, further HIV testing is generally not needed as this result will rarely ever change. If you must for peace of mind you could repeat at 3 months for a conclusive result.

The issues experienced have though have nothing to do with HIV from this encounter, so keep working with your healthcare provider to treat them and I hope you feel better soon.

Best, Jim.

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 health care provider about taking PrEP going forward as an additional layer of HIV protection.

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