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Advise on what to test when
« on: December 05, 2013, 05:29:41 PM »
Been reading and have found lots of useful information here.

Have been very stressed for months about losing job after 20 years.

Had protected sex with CSW. Didn't notice anything. Condom looked fine.

Using days after possible exposure on day 37 had an endoscopy/colonoscopy and started taking omeprazole 30's.

Was fine after and couple of days later start having low fever, swollen lymph nodes (I think) and sore throat, white tongue on top with few pimples on side (previously tested positive for HSV-1 if that matters), and diarrhea. Also had stinging in penis before each bowel movement which went away after.

Called doctor and she gave script for urine test with cultures since have a Dr appt coming up on day 47.

Start wondering if I had HIV and stress more. On day 44 temp down closer to normal (98 Fahrenheit flat), but tongue and throat the same.

Day 45 have temp of 98.1 in morning. Get call at 10:00 postive test for barrett's escophagus (follow up in a couple years so can't be major). Start worrying more anyway. Chills. Shaking. Temp at 18:00: 99.8. Take a second Oraquick Oral test (first few days earlier) at home. Second only to try and cancel out user error, know where in window I am. Negative which isn't conclusive at 6.5 weeks, but reassuring. Temp at 22:00: 98.2 and felt better.

Could I psychologically be driving my temp up and down so much? I think still have burning feeling in penis, but don't trust what I sense.

For the future:
Will the standard urine test cover any STD's?
Should I ask for the full STD blood test set?
Do I do it immediately or wait a week till 8 week mark?
Why don't they sell the blood Oraquick test in the store? Would have felt better with that.
Haven't had sex with wife for long time, so little risk of spreading at home.

Is there anything else I should be doing, or ask for in my Dr appt?

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Re: Advise on what to test when
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2013, 05:40:48 PM »
You never had an HIV exposure and don't need testing. If you feel unwell see your doctor it has nothing to do with HIV.

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Re: Advise on what to test when
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2013, 05:48:51 AM »

Condoms have been proven to prevent hiv infection. There have been three long-term studies of couples where one is positive and one is negative. In the couples who used condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, but no barrier for oral activities, not one of the negative partners became infected with hiv. Not one.

So, as Rodney said, you have NOT had a risk for hiv infection.

A body temperature of 98.8 IS NOT A FEVER. Normal body temperature is 98.6 (37C) and your ever so slightly elevated temperature (by 0.2 points) is also in the normal range. Get a grip and stop looking for problems where there aren't any (and keep in mind that it's currently cold and flu season).

Keep working with your doctor to find out what, if anything, is actually wrong with you. Whatever that may be, it is NOT hiv from your incident of PROTECTED intercourse with a sex worker.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED TO TEST SPECIFICALLY FOR HIV FOLLOWING PROTECTED INTERCOURSE, 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!

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Re: Advise on what to test when
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2013, 07:03:22 AM »
Thank you. About what I expected.

Ann - the high temp was 99.8, not 98.8, so it went down 1.6 degrees in a few hours. My normal temp range is 97.7 to 98.2 or so (based on years of routine dr annual checks when healthy).

Think it's overall stress. Dentist warned last visit few weeks ago about bleeding gums and infections, and have low white count from chemo 25 years ago.

While may not have HIV, think I have something. Hope stress isn't causing the oral thrush too.

Any idea why they don't sell the blood test in a home kit?


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