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Offline Scared80

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Acute Symptoms??
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:59:05 AM »
Ok, here's my situation...  I had an unprotected heterosexual encounter where he didn't pull out 10 weeks ago.  I'm wondering about Acute HIV due to some of the symptoms that I've had recently.

I got tested at Planned Parenthood using the rapid blood screen 4 weeks post encounter and it came back negative.

The issues I've had are as follows:

At 3 weeks post encounter, I got an itchy rash that started on my legs and part of my groin.  The rash then moved up to my butt, abdomen, chest and back.  I also got a spot on my face but it went away on it's own quickly.  The rest of the rash is still apparent after 7 weeks and just now is starting to subside with the use of a spray steroid.  I tried several other ointments, steroids, etc thru several different doctors and the Clobex that I'm on now is the only thing that has worked so far.

Now, at 10 weeks post encounter, I'm experiencing flu-like symptoms.  It started at 9 weeks 6 days with a fever and body aches, with the fever going as high as 102.6.  I'm taking Tylenol which helps bring the fever down, but it still hasn't gone away completely after 3 days.  The doctor tested for flu and it came back negative, but he put me on Tamiflu anyways and told me to take Tylenol.

My questions are this:

Can symptoms of acute HIV show up this late and at separate times like my symptoms have?

Do the symptoms that I have sound somewhat indicative of acute HIV? 

I'm just concerned now because I never get sick or have skin issues and here I am with a rash and flu like symptoms all around the same period of time.

I would appreciate any insight to my situation.


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Re: Acute Symptoms??
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2012, 12:20:00 PM »
You had an exposure by having unprotected sex. Symptoms of lack of will never tell you your status. You can obtain your conclusive test result 3 months post exposure.

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Re: Acute Symptoms??
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2012, 12:31:38 PM »

The rash that sometimes accompanies seroconversion does not itch and it is normally only found on the trunk (the part of your body that is not head or limbs).

Just because you "never" get sick doesn't mean you can't get the flu now. It happens to us all sooner or later.

Ten weeks is too late for seroconversion symptoms and if they do happen (they don't always) they come on all at once and go all at once, usually starting around week two to three.

Seroconversion symptoms are not caused by the virus itself. They are caused by the process the body goes through while producing antibodies. This is why they happen so early and do not happen as late as ten weeks.

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. A six week negative must be confirmed at the three month point, but is highly unlikely to change.

If you are relying on a to guy "pull out" before ejaculation to protect you from hiv or any other STIs, you have another think coming. Pre-cum is also infectious for hiv and many other STIs can be transmitted without ejaculation. You should also be tested for the other, much more easily transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

You need to wise up and make sure he is wearing a condom before you allow anal or vaginal penetration. No glove, no love baby!

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

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 the 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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Offline Scared80

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Re: Acute Symptoms??
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012, 05:14:08 PM »
Thanks for the info as it is reassuring.  I still have slight flu like symptoms as I'm getting a fever now nightly with excessive sweating and have now had a fever of at least 101 or greater with headache for the past 6 days.  I simply don't see how this could be the flu given that I tested negative for the flu and the only flu symptoms I have are fever, body aches, headaches and night sweats.

Any other explanation that anyone can think of?  My thought obviously goes straight to HIV given I had a rash at 3 weeks that lasted over 7 weeks and now this flu episode thing that started at almost 10 weeks post encounter... To me it seems like an automatic tip off and I hope I'm wrong, but I'm slightly freaked given that I can't get a definitive test for another couple of weeks.

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Re: Acute Symptoms??
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2012, 05:51:31 PM »
The symptoms which are associated with ARS all come at one time if they are going to happen. And they don't last for 7 weeks. More like 2 to 3 max. What you are describing is not in any way HIV specific.

You should discuss them with your doctor. You can do an initial HIV test at 6 weeks after the risky incident. If you test negative then it points to likely continuing to test negative for a conclusive result at 3 months. 
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