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Author Topic: I'm waiting for test results and I'm terrified  (Read 1710 times)

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I'm waiting for test results and I'm terrified
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:09:20 AM »
Hi all,

I went to the doctors last thursday (4th of April) for a few nagging things i've had for years. While there I asked to be booked in for routine HIV testing as I had put myself at risk (twice) and had never been tested. I had the blood taken on tuesday and I am panicking beyond belief.

First Exposure

30th September 2012. Ended up sleeping with a white woman in her early twenties who was a friend of a friend and coached the lacrosse team. It got a little bit rough and my penis was a little sore for a day or two after due to abrasion from pubic hair.

Two weeks later, on the 15th of October I came down with a fever, blocked nose, headache and fatigue. The fever lasted 2-3 days but was only medium-bad for 1-2 days and I felt fatigued for probably 3-4 more days. I was off work for 4 days but could have gone in on the 4th.

This is what is really worrying me. It fits perfectly the time frame for ARS, I had Fever, Fatigue and Headache for a couple of days at least. The fatigue definitely felt unusual at the time and I struggled with some lightheadedness and some minor balance difficulties. My only hope is that I didn't have a rash, sore throat or any lymph node swelling. It was relatively short, and I'm pretty sure I had a streaming cold and was sneezing. I actually made it out for a few hours on the second day to watch some climbing films be premiered so I can't have been /too/ terrible.

Second Exposure

This was with a girl I barely knew, and was for a few minutes only. This one worries me less but it's still a possible risk.

I again had a few days off work a couple of weeks later with a bad cold and some very mild fever and fatigue.

I've had a few bouts of cold/fever/fatigue over the last year generally but it has always been briefer and far less intense than described.

I know the answers are mostly going to be "Just wait for the results" and this will get me nowhere, but I need to talk to someone about it. I'm so so scared.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: I'm waiting for test results and I'm terrified
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 08:53:24 AM »
Hi Knarle . If you have had unprotected condomless vaginal or anal sex then you need to test for HIV . Its no good dwelling on symptoms because they are not specific to HIV and the only way to know your HIV status is to test .

The testing window period is 6 weeks past any exposure and again at 3 months to confirm the results .

look at it like this ....anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care checkup anyway , 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 checkups, 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. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

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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