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Author Topic: Best test after 17 days, and other advice  (Read 1416 times)

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Offline latenightsnacks

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Best test after 17 days, and other advice
« on: November 18, 2013, 07:45:39 PM »
Hi everyone,

Firstly, please allow me to say that I'm really grateful in advance for your advice. I'm normally always very careful to practice safe sex and have regular sexual health screening to be sure.

14 days ago, I had sex with a lady who, it now transpires, is a sex worker. We had unprotected oral (both ways) but the real concern for me is that I had just burnt my mouth on a pie, and a piece of skin had come off in my mouth, about an hour before the encounter. I know it was really stupid to proceed, but that's what happened.

We also had protected vaginal and anal intercourse, although the latter was extremely uncomfortable, and there's a small chance that the condom may have been damaged.

About a week after the encounter I got diarrhoea, from which I am still suffering on/off. 3 days after that, my neck glands swelled greatly (still swollen) and on the 11th day after the encounter I had a fever, chills and headache which lasted for only one day and night. At the same time, I had a moderate pain in my upper tummy / lower chest, which went after 2 days.

I had Glandular Fever two months ago, and some of these symptoms are similar to the ones I had then (but I didn't actually get fever when I had the Glandular Fever, despite the name!) I currently feel tired and easily exhausted.

I'd like to ask you very very kind people for an assessment of my HIV risk given the above? Is it possible that my symptoms are just a reappearance of the Glandular Fever?

Also, at this stage after infection (17 days now) what test should I have? I'm really worried, so would like quick results, but understand I'm not yet in the window period for the rapid test, am I correct?

I cannot say how much I'd appreciate your advice.



Offline Joe K

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Re: Best test after 17 days, and other advice
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013, 07:53:00 PM »
Hey Peter,

Nothing you describes puts you at risk for HIV infection, as you used condoms for intercourse.  Condoms are designed to fail in such a way as there can be no question of a failure.

The risk factors for HIV are ...

Sharing IV drug needles immediately after use.
Unprotected anal and vaginal sex.
Mother to child during or shortly after birth
Very specific healthcare situations.

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 STDs 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!

If you are concerned about any symptoms you are experiencing, you should consult with your doctor.



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