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Confused and scared, heavily based around the window period
« on: August 05, 2019, 12:27:37 pm »
Hi
I had sex with a girl at the start of January (6th), I used a condom but it broke while my penis was inside. I continued pushing as I was still aroused, after some minutes I pulled out. Long-story short, a flu with sore throat, fever and headaches started two weeks later. After searching my symptoms on google I went to the doctor and tested on the 29th, negative. Then on March 1 and finally on May 31 on the fifth month, all negative. I wished I was okay mentally but the thing of testing at six months scared me still, I wish I knew that it's just outdated protocols now because I've found horrible cases of late seroconversions, just around 20 cases, I know theses cases had very specific medical conditions and I'm 19,my only medical condition is some episodes of asthma and I'm really aware that almost nothing stops the production of antibodies. My mom always used to tell me cases of teens around 15-18 having unprotected sex and testing positive on less of a month.
Currently, physically I'm doing okay, I have lost some weight but everything seems to be associated to this severe case of anxiety, I'm a very anxious person and this was one of the worst cases of anxiety I had. I noticed some small red dots appearing on my hands but I had one since last year so I'm trying not to get too obsessed with it.
Mentally, I'm not doing too good nor too bad, I can actually sleep now, I'm receiving psychological help and working with my ocd (I was scratched by a person on my face on May 15th, it bled a little but it wasn't a gaping wound that needed stitches and I just disinfected it and added some cream, I spent the rest of May and June believing I had to get tested, I even called a medical phone line and they told me "It's possible, what if she had blood on her fingernails?" Screw that supposed doctor, but just in case, is that considered a risk? I know that the virus dies rapidly once outside but I'm still a little "shocked" after that attack, after googling and passing through many medical forums, many confirmed doctors stated that no one gets scared from a scratch as its not a way to get infected.
I've seen people get their negative after 3 months, cheering and then moving on in just some minutes, I wish I was one of them, there was this user in other forum saying "iN sCiEnCe 2+2=5, everyone should get tested yearly for years and years" I know that every sexually active person needs to get tested yearly for every std but this person claimed that everyone should get tested for years by just one exposure and linked to a medical page that showed the case of a person that took 4 years to generate antibodies, this person in just some months already was in aids state, I'm not going to link it because I get terrified by just finding the page, it's "A case of long-term seronegative hiv infection for 4 years" I don't remember it very well but I think it was that. I don't know if he had anything in particular but from what I know is that he was around 35 and was healthy, and that terrifies me. He quickly advanced to aids state so I guess that happens when a human body doesn't generate antibodies. He was on the ER many times and it's been already 7 months and I'm doing "fine". On quora one guy said that it "Was possible to seroconvert after 7 or 8 months" And proceed to link to the same case of the 4 year guy. But, he also said that this was extremely rare and that no one should get anxious around it, but the damage was already done. I'm trying to move on, but knowing all this just doesn't help, I know maybe some of them lied, or they had some specific medical state, or maybe some of the cases occurred on the 90's or 80's. I just need some help, maybe someone could clear everything up, show me the full picture or something I missed about all this "late seroconversion" topic, what Dr. Hook said on another forum, "late seroconversion is an internet based myth".
Please Help.

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Re: Confused and scared, heavily based around the window period
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2019, 12:37:14 pm »
Hiya,

I wish you well, I hope you know this and, I read your post 3 times. Hard to digest what the issue is but I get the gist of this situation I think.

Unless you have had continued exposures or live in the past you are HIV negative and need to move on with your life. Stop looking for an issue you don't have, stop reading dated rubbish or stories online out of context and thinking it's fact or that it applies to you, it does not. Now if you can't control this behaviour then seek face to face support.

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 going forward.

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

Kind regards

Jim

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