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Author Topic: Am I being too paranoid?  (Read 1924 times)

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Offline will.sheehan

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Am I being too paranoid?
« on: March 19, 2010, 10:16:39 AM »
I'm not a very sexually active person. My last relationship was in 2006, and that's where my fears come from.

A little history - I had protected vaginal intercourse with 2 different sex workers in Africa (yikes) between 2003 and 2004. Both encounters lasted <5 minutes. There was no oral sex involved, except for one sucking on my nipples. Risky encounter? I think not.

In 2006, I dated a girl here in the US for about 9 months. She's Hispanic (not that it matters, I'm just being detail oriented). Over the course of the relationship, we had unprotected sex a number of times; I'd say more than 5, but less than 10. I didn't experience any symptoms/ARS after exposure - no fatigue, tiredness, sore throat, swollen nodes etc, nothing that I can remember. We broke up after, and life continued. I've not dated anyone nor had any sexual encounters thereafter.

In February of 2009, I had a ring-worm like patch on my face. I went to the Dr, and she said it was a fungal infection. Topical chlorotrimazole and bethametasone took care of this in about a week. This reoccurred in November at the same spot. Same remedy took care of the situation. I must confess, though, that I've not been at my best when it comes to personal hygiene over the last few years.

Also in 2009, I got put on a 10-day 875mg of Amoxicillin twice for boils in my eye and nose respectively. At this point, I started wondering. Perhaps my immune system is giving out?

On February 2, I started feeling really sick - extreme fatigue and general nausea. Bouts of diarrhea, constipation and gastro-intestinal issues followed. Went to the Dr, and she did some blood work - a CBC I suppose. She said everything  looked normal, except that my cholesterol level was slightly elevated. She specifically mentioned that she was worried I may have been diabetic or anemic, but those were fine.

The GI issues persisted, and gastritis and gallstones were suspected. I've been on Prilosec since then, which has seemed to help a lot. If I eat certain kinds of food sometimes, I get a diarrhea. I also had an abdominal ultrasound done. Everything came back normal.

However, for the last week, I've been having a sore throat that just won't go away. It's more on the mild side, with no accompanying pain, but it just won't go away. My throat itches really bad. It also looks like my tonsils are enlarged. I called the Dr yesterday, and she prescribed a 10-day dose of 500mg Amoxicillin.

I'm starting to worry myself sleepless. There's always that thought at the back of my mind that I am poz. How significant is my risk here? I'm scared of getting tested, really scared. And if I'm getting tested, I can't do it at my Dr's. She's a friend of the family, and we go to same church.

Any advice? By the way, I'm 24 years old.
« Last Edit: March 19, 2010, 10:18:23 AM by will.sheehan »

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Re: Am I being too paranoid?
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2010, 10:30:41 AM »

You have had a risk and you do need to test. However, hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus and more so from a woman to a man. You have a good chance of testing negative. By the way, the protected intercourse was NOT a risk, only the UNprotected.

None of the symptoms you mention are hiv specific. You need to realise that symptoms, or even the LACK of symptoms, will never, ever tell you a single thing about your hiv status. ONLY testing will.

You can find somewhere to test near you by searching the database at http://directory.poz.com/ A test now will be conclusive as the window period for hiv testing is three months.

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!

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