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« on: October 25, 2013, 10:51:15 AM »
I hope you can help me with my dilemma, as i am as paranoid and stressed as i could ever be this time. Here goes 3 weeks ago i had sex with a sex worker though it was protected and used condom throughout the deed though not 100% sure if it broke or no but as far as i can remember it did not. . Now right after the deed i developed cough and colds and have been feeling week( i know this might be the explanation but i have a sore throat due to excessive smoking prior to having sex ) but that doesn't stop me from becoming bothered that i might caught STD especially HIV. Due to my anxieties i decided to take an Syphilis and HIV test ( antibodies test )5 days prior to the incident though came negative, somehow with the HIV test i was a bit hesitant due to it was just days only and i found out that accurate results will only achieved after atleast 6 to 8 weeks. Now on the third week i was eating then suddenly my stomach aches and had to go to the toilet thinking maybe this was another symptoms but after that its gone. the next day i noticed i have rashes ( hives i think ) as it was itchy and has taken almost my whole body yet i dont know the real reason how i got the rashes but i was exposed to some dusty items which may caused irritaion at itchyness in my skin. yet after the next day it subsides and were gone already.Now my last symptoms that i am having right now is when i sleep in the evening i always get mildly sweaty though not that much but enough for me to change my shirt that evening for the past 3 consecutive nights already. Its only dampen my shirt and my sheet but not soaking wet. lastly my cough is still with me though not chronic anymore at has been mild yet it has been with me for 3 weeks now ( maybe due to smoking? ) My question really is that, am i having symptoms for HIV as i kept on reading and part of it i have though i dont have any fever ( i even got shot for pnuemonia vaccine due to this dilemma )nor swollen lymph nodes, occasionally i feel weak and my throat gets sore . Is it just me or is it a sign of HIV. Im really scared right now. My plan is to get tested after a month or two or should i still be? im afraid as i have a partner in life and i know cheating is really not a great way but its just so that i am more worried for her to get infected by me. Is it just me or is it something. Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2013, 10:58:36 AM »
If the condom broke you would know it . They are designed in such a way as to leave no doubt when they fail .

You didn't have a risk for HIV in this specific incident so although ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED HIV TESTING AT THIS TIME for this incident , 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! Modify message
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2013, 11:09:24 AM »
Thanks for the reply. been worried a lot due to this. Thanks for the help


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