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Offline mochara

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Worried re potentially HIV+
« on: December 08, 2018, 04:28:44 pm »
Hi

I'm currently in hospital due to a severe epididymitis infection. The infection hasn't responded well initially to an antibiotic and as a result due to the extreme swelling and loction of the infection I'm most likely going to lose the right testicle. The infection is deemed to have come from either an sti or UTI through anal sex.

The thing that scares me is the doctors dont really understand why it was such a bad reaction and why the antibiotics didn't work. As a result they are trying to get to the root of the problem. They've told me that they will be testing for HIV and since they've mentioned that my mind has gone into overdrive while in hospital. The last thing i need after this ordeal is to face the thought of HIV.

I had antibody blood test back in July which came back as negative. Since then I've had unprotected sex with two guys (the only two guys ive ever had unprotected sex with) - both told me they were on prep & neg for sti/hiv.
The second partner was 3 days before discovering the epididymitis and the first sexual partner would have been a month before that.

What I'm trying to understand is if these two were the only risks - is it possible for HIV to work that quickly and comprimise my defence system enough in that time to result in my epididymitis getting so bad.

Can i also mention that I've had no symptoms of HIV in the past 6 months. I will of course be getting tested for all infections including sti and HIV - which the hospital are organsing.

Thank you for any advice!

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Re: Worried re potentially HIV+
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2018, 04:43:50 pm »
Firstly sorry to hear that you are sick, epididymitis can be quite painful not to mention stressful and I hope they resolve this soon without the trauma of loosing a testicle.

There are many reasons why antibiotics may not work on a strain or stage of infection. Keep working on this with the doctors. An STI panel that includes HIV is pretty standard and not out of the ordinarily for doctors to run when trying to eliminating any possible compounding issues, its just so they can better adjust and target treatment.

Not going to lie to you about the risks, Yes you did have a HIV risk as you tested in July meaning you were negative some 3 months prior to that date and since than had unprotected intercourse twice. This was a risk to you, no need to panic though, let them run the tests and treat any STI's its pretty common for them to run the tests. They are also running a dozen more labs and test that they don't have to tell you about.

Relax. Get well 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 going forward.

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.

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Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Worried re potentially HIV+
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2018, 04:52:45 pm »
Thanks for the quick response Jim! Greatly appreciated.

Do you have any inishgt or experience regarding how quickly after infection does HIV start affecting other opportunistic infections. As the first partner was 4 weeks ago, is it possible for HIV to have such a prevelant effect on this epdidymitis so early in its staging?

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Re: Worried re potentially HIV+
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2018, 05:01:14 pm »
Not typically, no. Average it takes 8-10 years to cause immune suppression at a level that is really compromised and even then epididymitis would not be in sight.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia are typically related/cause of epididymitis cases and it happens more often than is widly understood. I would not go as far as saying common but common enough. HIV is just part of the standard STI panel and you seem to be overly focused on it.

I get your scared but this is not helping you resolve anything, and we are just a HIV forum, so let the doctors test and keep working with them. Don't scare yourself anymore than you already are by googling and trawling HIV forums. ;)

Take care.

Jim
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Re: Worried re potentially HIV+
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2018, 05:16:28 pm »
Thanks for the stern response Jim haha It's just what i needed.

 


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