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Offline CrazyCarz

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Need some advice, worried
« on: May 23, 2010, 11:40:24 AM »
Hi all
Would like to ask for some advice here. I had a sexual intercourse with a sex worker, with a condom (after me and wife broke up). I m pretty sure then, that the condom didn't break, and we only had vaginal sex. This event took place on March 4th this year.

Six days after "exposure", I fell sick with flu and it lasted about a week. That flu gotten me worried, thus after 6 weeks (17th April), i took a HIV-1 and HIV-2 ELISA which came back negative. I was relieved that the test was Non-Reactive, but the blood test also contained information such as elevated eosinophils (11%), higher than normal person's range. This gotten me worried again, as eosinophilia can indicate HIV infection.

Roughly at about 9th week, I developed rashes on my neck, which was itchy and had red patches. Doc prescribed some hydrocortisone to help on the rashes, but didn't really explain a whole lot others, neither did he relate it to HIV.

The question is, should I go for another round of test, now that I am in the 12th week (May 23rd) already? Would this test be conclusive enough? The white blood test results and the rashes that developed really late gotten me worried again, and sleeping is now a nightmare itself.

Thanks a lot for your advise over this matter

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Re: Need some advice, worried
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2010, 12:25:59 PM »

You did the right thing and used a condom. Condoms have been proven to prevent hiv infection. When they break, it is very noticeable and you would have known. You did NOT have a risk. The only confirmed sexual risks for hiv infection are unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse. You wore a condom; you were protected.

The vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks, with the average time to seroconversion being only 22 days. When there has been an actual risk - which you did NOT have - a six week negative should be confirmed at the three month point but is highly unlikely to change.

You cannot determine your hiv status going by regular blood tests, including values for eosinophils or any other white blood cell type. The ONLY way to determine your hiv status is through hiv antibody testing. Your test, following a NO RISK incident, was negative. This means you do NOT have hiv.

The rash that sometimes  accompanies acute hiv infection does NOT itch. Whatever caused your rash, it wasn't hiv.

You do not need further testing. You ARE hiv negative. Conclusively so.

Because you're recently divorced and will more likely than not be having sexual relations with other women, here's what you need to know in order to remain hiv negative:

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. It's not just sex workers you need to use condoms with. To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI - no matter who you're with.

Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

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

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT CURRENTLY NEED FURTHER HIV TESTING, 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!

« Last Edit: May 23, 2010, 12:28:04 PM by Ann »
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