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Author Topic: very concerned about exposure city #1 in country with ones affected  (Read 1777 times)

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Hi everyone, I honestly don't know where to begin so I'll basically try to recall everything in exact detail. One I'm a bisexual female. I'm not going to name out my city for obvious reasons, but we are number one in the country of HIV cases. Okay now back to my reasons of concern, July 5th I had PROTECTED sex with a good friend of mine, then again UNPROTECTED on July 6. Everything seemed fine until exactly July 19th. I woke up with extreme nausea like I've never experienced before. My stomach was contracting violently, thus causing me to vomit. I just attributed it to food poisoning. By the 21st I felt as if I completely recovered and was seemingly fine. Now August 18 approximately SIX weeks after my encounter, I wake up feeling like complete crap. Best description was that it felt similar to a hangover. Dizness, felt drain with a slight headache. On the 20th I felt better, but then started to develop a sore throat that was covered with a bit of whiteness. Two days later it resolves on its own, but my fatigue didn't. My lyphm nodes felt a little swollen as well, very little tho accompanied with muscle soreness in my neck and bad joint pain in my knees and right wrist. I finally went ahead and took a rapid blood test on the 25th of august. I still felt as if something was quite right with me, for I'm very in tune with my body. The test came back negative, but due to where I reside I'm still very worried. I've been doing a good bit of research and I'm very scared. I know a test a 7 weeks is a good indicator but what if still haunts my mind. Ifeel fine as of today, but what if I was in the middle of seroconverting? Would the test would've picked up any antibodies if I was seroconverting at the time of the test? Sorry for the long post, I'm just trying to give you all as much detail as possible. Thank you

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Re: very concerned about exposure city #1 in country with ones affected
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2014, 09:38:56 AM »
The good news is that despite your feeling unwell, a negative result is unlikely to change to positive when you re-test for a conclusive result at 3 months. In the meantime you should be discussing your symptoms with your doctor to find out what might really be causing them.

Nothing you are reporting symptomatically is HIV-specific.

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Re: very concerned about exposure city #1 in country with ones affected
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2014, 04:34:47 PM »
Thanks for your response. It helped put me at some ease, I still won't feel completely resolve until I retest at 13 weeks. I'll keep you  updated. In the mean while I'll try to relax and wait until then, hopefully everything will turn out okay. I'll never make a mistake like this again. Thank you

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Re: very concerned about exposure city #1 in country with ones affected
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2014, 11:00:17 AM »
You're welcome. I still expect you to come out of this ok.
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Re: very concerned about exposure city #1 in country with ones affected
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2014, 06:51:39 PM »
I really hate to repost, but my anxiety is really getting the best of me. I couldn't wait until 13 weeks to retest so I ordered myself a rapid home test. It should be here by either tomorrow or the next day. I can't get this bad feeling out of my gut, I'm not being paranoid or anything like so. All of my symptoms have resolved, but its soo scary because I'm NEVER sick, and to experience those symptoms for the first time ever, weeks after unprotected  sex is just too coincidental for me. I've been crying and everything because I KNOW I'm probably positive. The way I felt was too similar to mono I had when I was a child. My lymph nodes were swollen and it was painful for me to open my mouth. And I NEVER experienced such thngs before. Even when I took the first rapid blood  test at Seven weeks, I still felt weak with painful lymph nodes. And with a this research I've been doing I really felt my test was a false negative, for I was feeling unwell when I took the test. I'm sure my body probably wasn't finished seroconversion. I'm sorry for the long post,but I have no one to turn to. It kills me because the one person I trusted with my life, I hurted and betrayed her. I love my girlfriend with all my heart, I just can't get over this feeling with regret. I tried talking with the guy but he insists I'm just overreacting, but it's hard to overreact when you PHYSICALLY feel something isnt right with your body. Once again sorry for the repost, I just need to share my feelings with someone. My symptoms were too coincidental and factoring the fact my city is number one In the country doesn't make me feel much better. Please everyone never make the mistake I made, continue to be faithful to the one you love, and also ALWAYS ALWAYS use protection. I'm praying my results are okay, and I'm also praying for anyone else who is in a similar situation.

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Re: very concerned about exposure city #1 in country with ones affected
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2014, 07:09:35 PM »
You should take comfort in the fact that we have not seen a 6 week negative test turn to positive when confirmed . You will come out of this OK so keep the faith .

We do not discuss symptoms but I will offer this . The one thing you have in common with all the others that come here and go on to test negative for HIV is you are sick and convinced its aids when it's not . We have people come here everyday nearly dead from a virus they do not have only to get better when the negative test comes back . If you are sick go see your doctor and find out why , I would not count on HIV being the cause if I were you because you are on the right track for a negative result with you 7 week test being negative and all .
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