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HIV Prevention and Testing => Do I Have HIV? => Topic started by: anotherworrieduser on February 07, 2020, 09:16:15 am

Title: another worried user
Post by: anotherworrieduser on February 07, 2020, 09:16:15 am
Hey everyone I hope you're doing well.

I'm currently playing the waiting game for my 4 weeks to pass before I can go and get tested, and much like most of you my mental state seems to alternate between moderate meltdown and total freak out.

Two weeks ago (23 Jan) I had a hookup with another guy that I met online. The day before we met, I took one prep tablet at 5pm, then I took another at 9am on the day I had sex (sex was around 12pm), and then took a tablet the day after and the day after. I know the first 2 tablets are supposed to be together but at the time I figured I'd stagger them to make me feel less ill but now it's one of the many decisions I'm agonising about.  >:(

During sex, I was top and there was a very partial insertion without a condom before I put a halt to things and insisted on protection. At the time I thought this was reasonably safe but google tells me afterwards that this is still risky. Doh!

About 1 week after sex I started to feel fatigue - nothing too severe but like my limbs weren't my own. He then called me to say he'd tested positive for Chlamydia which I've taken Doxycycline for. My neck then started to feel stiff and sore, and my glands feel tender to the touch and under my arms too. I had one night where I woke up drenched in sweat, I have a mild sore throat and my skin feels a bit like it's sunburned (it's not).

Naturally I'm expecting the absolute worst despite hoping for the best. He told me that he'd had a recent test for HIV which was negative but I don't really take much comfort from that as I don't know the context. I realise that I've just got to wait it out now to get tested but there isn't really anyone I want to talk to about it, so I just needed to get it off my chest!

Best of luck to everyone going through something similar. I'll post an update on here to let you know the outcome either way - nobody likes a cliffhanger!



Title: Re: another worried user
Post by: Jim Allen on February 07, 2020, 09:51:01 am
Hiya,

Despite not using PrEP on-demand correctly it may provide some level of protection.

Test at 6 weeks post the incident with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test, a negative result at that time will rarely ever change, you can repeat it 3 months if you wish to have a definite result.  Also, test for far easier to acquire STI's and keep the below in mind going forward.

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 starting PrEP going forward as an additional layer of protection against HIV

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 easier to transmit 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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