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Author Topic: Question about Seroconversion Illness  (Read 1361 times)

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Offline justatexan

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Question about Seroconversion Illness
« on: July 03, 2014, 06:48:51 PM »
So, I am a gay man who has some bad habits when it comes to safer sex practices. I hook up frequently with anonymous partners and almost never use condoms. I do attempt to serosort (as well as that works). 99.9% of the time, I top. Upon advice of an HIV counselor, I use lots of lube. I get tested for HIV and other STDs about every 6 months.

I last tested negative this morning.

However, I am having some symptoms that worry me.

I've had two hookups in the past 3 months that particularly worry me. 5 weeks ago, I was at an adult book store and played with a guy in one of the booths. I let things get a little out of hand and he put his dick in me bareback. He just thrust in me a couple of times, and I made him pull out before he finished.

The next hookup was 7 days ago at a bathhouse. I found a guy who had taken a couple of loads in his butt earlier in the night (I don't know how much earlier), but I ended up rimming him a little bit.

Within 36 hours after the bathhouse hookup I started to get a slight sore throat. I still have a the sore throat now. No other symptoms that I can detect. I noticed a small red spot on my wrist yesterday that I worried might be a rash, but it is gone now.

So I know that what I am experiencing could be a lot of things besides seroconversion illness, but I'm obviously wondering if it might be.

1) If I were exposed to the virus at the bathhouse, could the seroconversion have set in so quickly after exposure? 

2) If I were exposed at the bookstore 5 weeks ago, and I am in the middle of seroconversion, would I expect to have tested negative this morning?

Obviously, I am going to go back and be re-tested in a couple of months just to be sure. I just hoped that someone might have some insight on these questions. I asked these questions of the HIV counselor who administered my test this morning, but he either didn't understand the question or didn't really have a good answer for me.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Question about Seroconversion Illness
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014, 07:05:21 PM »
Not much to offer that you haven't heard already Im afraid . Serosorting only works if you are already positive ... its a simple truth .

The best you can do is to test at 6 weeks past any possible exposure and again at 3 months to confirm the results . We never talk about symptoms or seroconversion because the only way to know is to test ... talking about symptoms is guessing and we can't do that .

If you can't bring yourself to use condoms you might want to consider Prep ... you can take a Truvada tablet daily and it cuts your risk down to practically nothing .

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.

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!
« Last Edit: July 03, 2014, 07:12:26 PM by Jeff G »
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