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Author Topic: Why does this keep persisting?  (Read 2106 times)

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Offline abitterrifed93

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Why does this keep persisting?
« on: February 26, 2012, 11:23:13 AM »
I am by no means one to continuously ask about being sick without good reason, but please hear me out. I'm 18, have a long education ahead of me, and am a bit worried.

Earlier in the summer during break, I had oral sex with someone substantially older who had said he was negative. He never ejaculated, but I do believe some precum got in my mouth. He also gave me a blow job and he rimmed me for some time.

Thirteen days go by and I suddenly begin to feel very sick in my stomach. I had a 102 fever, vomited, had a strange reddish color on my upper torso for about a day, sweated profusely for a few days, and had a CT scan of my abdomen to see the cause for this trouble. Apparently, my lymph nodes around my appendix had swollen. Later on, my lymph nodes in my neck, armpits, and groin would swell over time, too. As the first symptoms of extreme discomfort went away, my tongue began to burn incessantly on the tip, and my taste buds turned very red. During this time, I also began to worry nonstop about HIV... I come to find out that the person I had contact with was in fact HIV positive.

I got an HIV blood test through my doctor around 30 days after the exposure and it came back negative. I also had an STD panel during that testing period and all of them came back negative as well.

With the burning tongue and lymph nodes still present, I also tested for HIV with my doctor via blood test exactly three months after my exposure and it was negative. It should also be noted that I did not take any extreme medications when this test was performed.

As of today, my tongue still burns periodically for lengths of time (since June), I get sore throats more often it seems, seem fatigued a lot (very sleepy), I get strange itch around my anus at times (not very often), had chafing for a short period around the v-shape in the groin (very short), and my lymph nodes are still swollen and create some discomfort in my neck... I even had a surgical biopsy to see if I had cancer, luckily, it wasn't.

Although I tested negative, I'm not sure what to look into. Could ARS really last this long (8 months), seeing as symptoms should normally last a month at most? Or am I just freaking and stressing myself out, which is causing this burning tongue? Or was I, essentially, not really at risk for HIV in the first place with what I did?

I don't know what to do. I'm simply very scared and would appreciate any feedback.

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Why does this keep persisting?
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012, 11:54:25 AM »
You never had an exposure in any of the situations that you've provided.

Offline abitterrifed93

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Re: Why does this keep persisting?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 12:00:44 PM »
Thank you for your quick response...

I was not at risk when I was giving him a blow job and I attained precum in my mouth? I mean, I know it's rare, but it could happen.

Although this is an HIV-based site, do you think these symptoms are probably another STI or was the one month exposure panel enough to remove those possibilities? This tongue thing is freaking me out...

Offline Ann

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Re: Why does this keep persisting?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2012, 01:29:19 PM »

Unless you have absolutely horrible oral health, then no, you weren't at risk.

If you feel unwell, see a doctor. You have already ruled hiv out of the picture, so go find out what is actually causing your problems. Your doctor should be the one to suggest further diagnostic tests, not us.

While we cannot diagnose you over the internet - nobody can - we can confidently tell you that it is NOT hiv. You are conclusively hiv negative. You do NOT have hiv!

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.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED FURTHER HIV TESTING AT THIS TIME, 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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