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Author Topic: could these be signs of ars or was it too early?  (Read 2036 times)

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could these be signs of ars or was it too early?
« on: February 10, 2013, 04:52:56 PM »
Hi all... I'm tom and I'm a bit worried... I'll try to keep it as short as possible:


13 december: visit a high class escort (condom broke, +- 5 min unprotected vaginal sex , I also had a little injury on my penis from being too rough I think)
*asked her about her "status". She told me she was clean and gets checked often.
16-17 : went partying
18-19 december: was sick from too much drinking (vomiting, so didn't leave the house)
20 december: Started getting a soar troat
21 december: troat got worse + fever + stiff neck --> went to see a doctor, told me I had faryngitis and gave me antibiotics.
22 - 24 december: continued to have those symptoms
25 december: fever gone, other symptoms a lot better...
26december-29 january: feeling healthy... allthough having occasional night sweats.
30january - 10 february: Swollen lymp node in my armpit... been there for about 2 weeks, it's finally gone.

Summarized: aprox 7 days after having "unprotected (max 5 min) sex" I started having "flu-like" symptoms. The thing that botters me the most is that I had no Human contact between the 17th of december and the 20th (didn't leave the house) and I still got sick... All these things togetter worry me because the last time I remember getting sick is like 3 years ago :-/ and now it happened right after I was possibly exposed. 

I'll get myself tested at the 3 month mark, but i'm really worried. Do you guys think my symptoms could have been signs of an acute HIV infection?

Thank you very much and sorry for my bad english.

« Last Edit: February 10, 2013, 09:05:30 PM by tom1234 »

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Re: could these be signs of ars or was it too early?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 12:39:53 AM »
Your risk was on the lower end of the scale, but it was a risk and you should get tested.

In the ten years since I have been doing risk assessment on these forums I have never seen an insertive (male) partner test positive after a condom break during vaginal sex. I really do think you are going to be fine, but as a precaution you should test at three months.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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Re: could these be signs of ars or was it too early?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 08:03:32 AM »
thank you for your reply...

1 follow-up question:
The flu-like symptoms I had all started around day 8 and lasted till approx day 12 after my possible exposure...
Now i've read a LOT (cause I'm really worried) and some sources say ars symptoms only occur as early as 2 weeks after infection... other sources say they can occur after 1 week... So I'm kinda confused on what to believe and what not. Do you guys have any thoughts on the time it takes for ars symptoms to develop on average? If they cannot occur before 2 weeks, it would help me calm my mind a lot because mine completely vanished before the 2nd week. ( I know it's not a 100% guarantee I'm not infected, and I'll still get tested, but it's driving me crazy atm.)


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