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Offline stressdude

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Advice appreciated
« on: January 26, 2019, 08:14:51 am »
Hi I'm posting because I'm worried about contracting HIV. I've been having symptoms after having straight sex. I used a condom but I believe something slipped through. Timeline:

- Sex 3 months ago
- Next day feel irritation under foreskin and generally unwell. Burning sensation down urine tract
- Over next week eyes become dreary (dark red behind eyelids), testicles feel slightly swollen and generally unwell. Blood tests also show renal impairment via high creatinine reading.
- 2 weeks later a painless ulcer appears at the irritated spot on foreskin, only lasts 2 days and unable get a swab test in time. Renal function is ok now.
- after 3 weeks pins and needle sensation starts occurring in hands.
Since then I occasionally get irritation in the same spot under the foreskin (nothing visible) and still slightly swollen testicles and dreary eyes, but nothing really clinical.

I've been having a blood/sti test a week to try and find the cause, but so far everything has been coming back negative so I'm terrified it might be HIV given the delay in ability to detect. Has anyone had similar symptoms? 3 months later I'm still negative but surely something is causing all this. It's making me very mentally unwell and doctors keep telling me it's nothing despite the symptoms.

Any advice appreciated, thank you for reading





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Re: Advice appreciated
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2019, 08:45:24 am »
Hiya

HIV is limited and can't transmit though an intact condom and they shred during intercourse when they fail.

So if this was your only sexual act and encounter in life, then HIV is not a concern.

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 HIV prevention for the future.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for far to acquire 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

Jim

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