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Offline transfixion

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Experiencing Symptoms and Very Frightened
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:54:21 am »
I had sex with two women last month.  Both encounters were vaginally protected although the oral was unprotected.  I had sex with the first girl early in the month, and the day after having sex with the 2nd girl I developed a sore throat that has lingered for almost 2 weeks but is better now.  I also had a headache for few days and I began to have neck and back pain about 5 days later along with some right ear pain.    A couple days after that, my uvula in the back of my throat swelled up and the lymph nodes on the right side of my throat became large and sore, but it is back down now.  The swollen uvula went away after a day but a a couple day later on the weekend I got two nasty canker sores on my lip that are slow to heal.  A few days later I had what seemed like a stomach illness from food poisoning and brief diahrrea the next day.  That resolved itself quickly, however the next day a single white bump on the side of my tongue appeared and was felt sore.  It is now beginning to clear up and feel better so that was also short lived.  The main symptoms that are persisting was the sore throat, 2 canker sores on my lip and migrating upper back/neck/muscle pain. 

I'm starting to freak out from all of these symptoms and need to know if they could be an indication of HIV.  I've experienced all of they symptoms before separately, except for the small white bump I got on the side of my tongue that started getting me worried.  I also hardly ever get canker sores and they almost never last this long.  As I said earlier, I had protected vaginal sex with these women and have in fact never had unprotected vaginal sex in my life, used drugs or had gay sex.  I haven't had any other symptoms under my neck except for the one day where I had stomach illness with relative diahhrea the next day (I had four bowel movements instead of two).

I'm becoming very concerned and need some guidance.  Could this be signs of an exposure?

Thanks for  your help.

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Re: Experiencing Symptoms and Very Frightened
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 06:21:49 am »
Hiya

I read your post carefully, its simple the encounters with the 2 women were not a HIV risk, as in none. So you did not aquire HIV from these encounters.

Please see your doctor and treat whatever is making you sick. Hope you feel better soon.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

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Re: Experiencing Symptoms and Very Frightened
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 06:38:57 am »
Thank you for your quick reply.  I do have some vitamin b12 deficiency an sensitivity to alcohol so perhaps that caused some of the symptoms as I did drink a full bottle of wine later that night after being with the 2nd girl.  Alcohol depresses the immune system so that could have opened the door for some of this.  Also it has been very cold in my area and I didn't have a coat and have sinus/allergy issues to begin with and have had a swollen lymph node in that area before after drinking wine.

I guess the canker sore is what really set my alarms off because after 6 days it's still pretty sore and red.  Everything else comes and goes rather quickly.  And I haven't had any of the major symptoms yet and mostly everything has been above the neck so that's good.  I've been racking my brain because I know protected vaginal sex is low risk and I always protect myself so I'm not sure where this is all coming from.

The only symptoms left now after two weeks are a slightly sore back and lingering canker sores but you think the odds are in my favor that this is not an HIV episode? 
Sorry for asking pretty much the same question again but wanted to provide you with some extra info, thanks.

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Re: Experiencing Symptoms and Very Frightened
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 07:08:50 am »
You had no HIV exposure from the encounters posted here. None as in Zero!

Please understand that your left leg and right nut could fall off and you could drink all the wiskey at the jameson whisky distillery, it would not change the risk assessment of the sexual activities reported.

See your doctor and treat whatever is making you sick, its not HIV from the concerned encounters that much is certain.

I hope you feel better soon.

Jim
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