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Experiencing symptoms that resemble early HIV infection.
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:32:20 PM »
Background Info
- 30 year old heterosexual male
- Smokes cigarettes on/off for the better part of the last 14 years (about 1/2 pack a day)
- Smoked marijuana on/off for the better part of the last 10 years, slowed down considerably in the last 3 years (maybe a few joints a week), and finally quit 2 months ago.
- Regularly tested for STI's with each new and/or unprotected sexual contact, but have not had a test in a little over a year
- Since my last STI test, I've had 2 sexual partners. One was strictly oral and we are still friends (and she has no symptoms) and the other was a one-night stand with protected intercourse only (so no oral, petting, etc...) and she got tested and was negative.
- I have not had any sexual contact whatsoever since August 2012.

Fast forward to recently...

So, for about 5 weeks now, I have sensed that something is not quite right. Here are my symptoms:

- I often wake up feeling incredibly tired and sometimes with a headache, similar to a long night of drinking. Some mornings I feel fine, but more often than not, I have a moderate to severe amount of fatigue. It usually lessens within an hour, but persists mildly throughout the day.

- More often that not, I have a persistent cough. Sometimes it is really acting up, other times not at all. I do not have any chest pain or breathing problems though.

- I have been itchy, especially at night when I get into bed. My collar area, my shins, hair, and areas on my feet are particularly itchy. Although this is mostly at night when I first get into bed, I am usually not itchy when I wake up, though I do occasionally get itchy throughout the day (I thought this might be bed bugs initially, but I have no bed bug bites on me at all).

- Headaches are not as common as the other symptoms, maybe 1-2x per week, and are mild.

At first, I was wondering if my body was having some kind of posttraumatic response, as I was living in a very emotionally abusive household with 2 people who were quite psychopathic. I've actually wondered if they might have caused this in some way, knowing I was moving out and wanting to hurt me, but don't know if I can figure that out. I also wondered if this was in some way related to my recent giving up marijuana, but these symptoms don't sound like marijuana users normally experience when stopping.

I have been reading up online trying to figure out what it is I'm experiencing, and it looks like all of my symptoms are early signs of HIV infection. What do you guys think? And how is it possible that I could have contracted this? Is there a way my roommates could have done this to me? Like I said, I haven't had sex in 8 months, and that was protected and 1x only. This is the first time I've experienced symptoms like this and it's freaking me out. The fatigue and cough is what gets me the most.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Experiencing symptoms that resemble early HIV infection.
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2013, 09:47:48 PM »
We do not discuss symptoms because they are not specific to HIV and the only way to know your HIV status is to test t the appropriate time .

You clearly didn't have a risk for HIV and you tested negative so I would except the fact that you do not have HIV ... and go see a doctor who can get to the bottom of why you are feeling ill . 
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