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Offline anxious001

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HIV concern! Plz help :(
« on: April 18, 2012, 08:54:22 PM »

I've been following this forum since my HIV exposure back in December, and I only recently found the courage to register, and post my own HIV concern.

I'm a 23 year-old asian, heterosexual male. Always been very healthy because I was chubby and worked out a lot while attending University.
This past December 2011, I went back to China, and made a bad decision by losing my virginity at a brothel inside a 4-star hotel that mainly catered to Caucasian businessmen. I had protected vaginal sex with a condom for about 10 minutes.

Early symptoms:
 1st set of very watery diaherra, muscle pain, headache for about a week. Diagnosed with food poisoning from blood+urine+stool sample in a Chinese hospital, took 4 bottles of IV antibiotics + IV for a urinary infection+ oral antibotiocs (Norflaxacin). diaherra went away immediately

2nd set of diaherra, muscle pain, headache. Lasted 3-4 days. Diagnosed again with food poisoning after a blood sample. Took oral norflaxacin again, diaherra went away.

Then, joint pain (clicking when i walk), rash, itchy bumps that come and go away in a matter of minutes to a couple of hours, white tongue, fatigue, heavy throat congestion, anxiety, food allergies (could not eat meat + tolerate milk), dry hands+feet, brain fog, depression, stress on the eyes which made it hard to focus/concentrate.

Ongoing symptoms: It is not April, and i currently still have: white tongue (but it's a lot better now), dry hands+feet, stress on the eyes, rather smelly armpits+genitals (possible fungal infection??), weight loss (lost about 20-30lbs)

HIV testing:
-blood test at 2 weeks in China (dunno which test)
- 3rd Elisa HIV test at 6 weeks in Canada, negative
- 3rd Test HIV test at 12.5 weeks (88 days) in Canada, negative

Reason for concern: I have read, and learned enough from these forums to know that since this is a single exposure, and it was protected, and i had a negative HIV test at 88 days, that I am extremely unlikely to have HIV. In honesty, I started partying after my 12.5 week HIV test, thinking I could put this past behind me. However, I've gone back to being concerned because, my whitish-pale-ish tongue still hasn't recovered. It's not painful or anything. I thought it might be thrush, but my family doctor assured me it isn't. She says she's seen patients with this kind of tongue before after taking a lot of antibiotics, and that it should be away by 3 months. As of April 18th, it has been a week over 3 months since I first got the white tongue, and it still hasn't gone away yet. Also, the smelly armpits+genital area seems a lot like a bit of a fungal infection. I'm scared that this and the pale tongue seems to be strong signs of a very weakened immune system, caused by HIV. Finally, I talked to my family doctor + several other doctors about my whole story since I went to China, and they all think that I do not have an HIV concern. However, I recently talked to a doctor in a major Canadian hospital, and after hearing my story, he said that I should test again at 6 months, and then at 1 year to be 100% sure I do not have HIV. I've even read from some sources over the internet that 6 months is window period, not 3 months. I'm worried that, because of all the antibiotics that I took after the exposure, I am one of the rare people who will seroconvert AFTER 3 months. Or perhaps I am unaware that I have diabetes, and thus, need another HIV test at 6 months for conclusive results.

I'm really scared and really confused right now.

Are my 88-day results conclusive?
Is 3-month the window period or 6 months?
Are my symptoms related to HIV?
Should I re-test at 6 months? (I really don't want to cuz waiting for results has been so painful for me these past 3-4 months, but if I do have HIV, I really wanna start meds right away)

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Re: HIV concern! Plz help :(
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012, 08:59:48 PM »
 I'm also concerned and afraid because I heard that the subtype-E HIV virus in China is a lot easier to transmit through hetero sex than the subtypes here in North America. I'm afraid this is another factor that increases the chance that may have caught HIV.

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Re: HIV concern! Plz help :(
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 06:40:11 AM »

You're worrying for no good reason. You did what you're supposed to do - you used a condom. Condoms have been proven to prevent hiv infection.

There have been three long-term studies of couples where one is positive and one is negative. In the couples who used condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, but no barrier for oral activities, not one of the negative partners became infected with hiv. Not one.

It doesn't matter what subtype of hiv is involved - condoms will still protect you.

Don't worry about not knowing if the condom broke or not - broken condoms are VERY obvious and you would have known. It's not about small holes - broken condoms are about HUGE rips, tears and holes. You'd KNOW.

If you had oral thrush, it would hurt like hell. You don't have thrush.

You absolutely do NOT have hiv. Not only did you not have a risk to begin with, but even if you DID have a risk, you have tested conclusively hiv negative. The window period has been three months for years now and the doctor who told you to test at six and twelve months needs to go back to medical school. He's woefully out of date in his hiv knowledge.

You did NOT have a risk for hiv infection.

You have conclusively tested hiv negative.

You do NOT have hiv!

Keep using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will continue to avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!!! Read through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms correctly and with confidence.

Hiv isn't a punishment for losing your virginity in a brothel. It's just a virus that is transmitted in very specific ways. You didn't do anything that would allow the virus to be transmitted to you. Stop worrying. You didn't have a risk and you do not have hiv.

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