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Offline rcewa2006

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Symptoms seem to point to HIV
« on: July 27, 2013, 11:52:14 AM »
I am a 42 year old male who is scared to death that my stupid actions now have a consequence.  Almost two years ago a went through a questioning / curious phase.  This lead to seeking out hookups and escorts online.  These were with transsexuals and males and in every instance i was cautious and protected.  Then in October of 2011 I had potentially unprotected (insertive) male on male sex with a sex worker.  I say "potentially" because I was intoxicated but I thought at the time I had on a condom.  I was sure for a year that I had a condom on and then I started to get symptoms, googling online to match symptoms with HIV and now I'm not so sure.     

At the end of November of 2012 I started developing a sinus issue that I get due to allergies 3 or 4 times a year.  While those symptoms improved over a period of weeks under treatment with an ENT (4 weeks antibiotics) the recovery was difficult.  In late December I went for a period of several weeks when I was very dizzy and disoriented during most days.   Some symptoms have persisted off and on now since that time.  Some of my symptoms I have experienced in this time are as follows;
1) almost continual stuffy nose - off and on
2) continual post nasal drip
3) Itchy scaly eyebrows - In November and again in June
4) Oral herpes - this is off and on but something I have had for many many years
5) Clogged ears - off an on since December but seem to be more prevalent when pollen is high
6) Night Sweats - this was only in December when fighting the infection
7) Lack of Concentration, Dizzy, lightheaded - December
8) Numb, tingly hands
9) warm sensation in right foot - this started in mid December got better for a few months but now appears again most every day
10) High blood pressure - since December - now on lisinopril
11) tinnitus - since December
12) possible oral thrush - not sure (rough patch inside left cheek)

I have strong mold, and tree and grass allergies.  I live in an area of the US that may be the worst for allergy sufferers.  I was much better in February but March  brought back the clogged ears, tinnitus, and severally stuffy nose.   

I was not on antibiotics in March but I was on steroid nose sprays, zyrtec and singulair and nothing seemed to help. The ringing, clogged ears and stuffy nose were killing me.  I did seem to get better once the pollen died down.

Now, however I still continue to suffer with
1) stuffy nose in the am
2) tinnitus
3) of and on canker sores and sores in the mouth - including rough patch on inside of cheeks
4) warm right foot
5) unusual tiny boils tend to pop up here and there in random place on my body.  Usually hands and lower legs.   The heal in just a few days.
6) slight headaches

I seem to get healthy for a few weeks - with limited tinnitus and then the pollen and molds kick up and I am back to this state.  I just need some relief to feel good and nothing seems to help. 

 I am concerned that my multiple symptoms are not just allergies but rather symptomatic of HIV progressing toward AIDS.  Is this primary HIV or do I just need to get a better control on my allergy issues?  Could it be that someone would have these symptoms just two years into HIV?

For the last 8 months I have spent virtually every waking moment thinking of this and scared to get an HIV test.  Please help.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Symptoms seem to point to HIV
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 12:04:59 PM »
The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to test , 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. 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!

You symptoms are in no way specific to HIV and I wouldn't be considering HIV as the cause If I were you . I have allergy's and suffer the same , its nothing to do with HIV .
We do not discuss symptoms here so if you are sexually active you need regular sexual  health checkups , so go get checked out and put your fears to rest . 
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