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Offline superfreak87

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Lymph nodes
« on: December 02, 2009, 08:05:51 AM »
I noticed i had 2 slightly enlarged, non tender lymph nodes on the right side of my neck (posterior cervical) and one in the lower part of my neck on the left side nearly 4 years ago now. (all bean and pea sized) This was after a possible exposure. I stupidly looked up the 'bumps' the internet and have been convinced it was HIV ever since. As far as i can remember i never had the night sweats, fever etc but i have not ever been tested for the HIV infection (tested for all other STI's which all came back neg)
I have recently found out i am pregnant and now all the fears of testing have come back to haunt me! The lymph nodes havent changed throughout the 4 years, they just kinda stay there. They are is no way noticable from looking at my neck, its just i know they are there and where to feel for them
Should i be worried?? The internet seems to contradict itself, some pages say that it can be normal and others say the opposite

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Re: Lymph nodes
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2009, 08:12:11 AM »
#1, leave your lymph nodes alone. Squeezing or bothering them can create a real problem where there isn't one. They are very sensitive to touch. If the swelling persists that is something to discuss with your doctor.

#2, you're very vague about the nature of your possible risk. Please clarify. Unless it was unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse, you are worrying unnecessarily.
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Offline superfreak87

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Re: Lymph nodes
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2009, 08:42:00 AM »
I did go through a phase where i would keep checking them but the obsession died off until i found out i was pregnant however the same old palpable nodes are still there, still the same as what they were when i first noticed them - just seems strange how they are always there

I had unprotected sex about 4 years ago and noticed the nodes possibly 5 months after that. I suppose they could have always been there (maybe since i had mumps) but have convinced myself overwise

I realise everyone is different but i didnt know if this was common in people infected with HIV, ill be the first one to admit that i am a worry well - just suppose im trying to brace myself. Ive got my blood tests next week  :(

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Re: Lymph nodes
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2009, 08:58:44 AM »

Any time you've had unprotected intercourse in your life with a partner where you could not be 100% sure they didn't have hiv, you've been at risk for hiv infection. Unless you're tested TOGETHER with your current partner (or father of your child) then you've recently been at risk too. Sorry, but it's as stark and simple as that. The ONLY way to know your hiv status is through testing. It's good that you are getting tested soon.

Having lymph nodes that you can feel is in no way an indication of your hiv status either way. Many people normally have noticeable lymph nodes despite having absolutely nothing wrong with them. 

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together. To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through all three condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results. Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

Good luck with the test and with the pregnancy.

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Offline superfreak87

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Re: Lymph nodes
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2009, 09:06:14 AM »
Thank you for your comments, i am very nervous (as i am with EVERYTHING) and i know the only way i will know is to be tested, just crossing my fingers that it is all in my head and ive spent 4 years worrying for nothing...as sad as it sounds!!
Thanks again, your advice is very much appreciated  :)


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