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Author Topic: Here is my situation...insights and opinions appreciated.  (Read 377 times)

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Offline Mrobw19

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Here is my situation...insights and opinions appreciated.
« on: February 01, 2019, 09:12:23 pm »
Iíve been battling anxiety for some time now. When I first came out in mid 2016, I fooled around with plenty of guys, although I always used a condom. Around Thanksgiving of that year, I chilled out because Iíd had my fun.

I started talking to a guy at my college in late December 2016. We had protected sex (with plenty of oral) until it fizzled out. Three weeks later, I came down with a white tongue that seemed similar to thrush, terrible fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and a very sore throat. I visited my campus health clinic where I was recommended for both an HIV and a monospot test. The monospot came back positive and the fourth-gen HIV returned negative the next day. My symptoms went away over the course of the next week, although the fatigue persisted a little longer.

The reason this concerns me still is that my lymph nodes in my neck and groin have never fully disappeared and are still palpable if I search for them. Iím not sure if this is normal with mono or not, but I still have concerns about the possibility that this was an acute HIV infection. I never did develop a fever or a rash.

I plan to retest once I locate a confidential clinic. In the meantime, I am wondering this: if this was in fact a falsely positive monospot, since there were enough antibodies to show up on the monospot, would the 4th gen. HIV test have had detectable ag/ab as well?

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Re: Here is my situation...insights and opinions appreciated.
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2019, 10:21:31 pm »
The primary purpose of this forum is for moderators to provide risk assessments to those concerned about having contracted the HIV. 

Since you engaged in protected sex (other than those situations in which you may have engaged in unprotected oral, if I'm reading your post correctly), you are not at risk of HIV-infection.

Receiving unprotected oral sex is not a viable risk for HIV-infection.  Providing unprotected oral sex is a theoretical risk, only if you mouth is full of gaping wounds.
However, unprotected oral sex does put one at risk for other STD's/STI's.

Of course, if your oral sex was also protected, you truly had no risk.

In other words, nothing in your post indicates that your activities put you at risk for HIV-infection.

Yes, false positives and false negatives can occur, but the crucial fact is the risk activity, of which you appear to have none.

Continue to work with your healthcare provider to determine the source of your enlarged lymph nodes, if they are, indeed, enlarged.

For your own peace of mind, you may also wish to discuss with your healthcare provider when your HIV-antibody test can be considered conclusively negative.
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