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Author Topic: Should I Be Worried?  (Read 855 times)

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Offline Tony21

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Should I Be Worried?
« on: September 26, 2019, 06:16:32 am »
Hi,

I was wondering if you guys could give me some information as searching across the internet only seems to confuse me  :-[

Timeline of Events:

Condom break incident August 30th 2019
Swollen lymph node in groin 4th/5th September 2019 (Could be due to knee infection I had from a cut a day or so prior)
Stomach ache 17th - 18th September 2019
Headache 19th - 20th September 2019
Negative STI test 23rd September 2019 (24 days later) the nurse told to come back in 5 weeks as takes HIV longer to pick up. I've been reading here (and some other places online) that the test should be taken 4-6 weeks after a risk, however, I am being told 8 weeks (NHS) and even up to 6 months.

The swelling of the node has gone down quite a bit and is no longer sensitive but it is still there.

I have 2 questions.

If my symptoms were seroconversion/ARS, would I have tested positive?
How much of 'good' indication is a test after 24 days?

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Re: Should I Be Worried?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2019, 06:26:14 am »
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If my symptoms were seroconversion/ARS, would I have tested positive?
The long answer to this is "Yes" and the 6 months is about 25-30 years out of date.

Look as for the broken condom incident, it is an HIV risk although the good news is that until the condom broke it would have been protecting you. As for testing, any negative HIV antibodies result is good news and 4 weeks is a strong indicator. You should test at 6 weeks post-incident with approved HIV antibodies test, this result will rarely ever change although you can confirm these result if wanted 3 months post-encounter.

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.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature

Kind regards

Jim

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Offline Tony21

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Re: Should I Be Worried?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2019, 07:06:45 am »
Thank you for your reply, your time is very much appreciated. I will wait for my next test and see how that goes, only hope my mind can hold out until then.

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Re: Should I Be Worried?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2019, 07:11:35 am »
You're welcome.

Try to focus on living your life as normal in the meantime, you had a low risk and all in all I suspect your results will remain the same when you retest.

Best, Jim
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Re: Should I Be Worried?
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2019, 01:28:51 pm »
So... To wrap things up I guess, I had 2 more test since my first one.

I had a second test on October 7th (38 days, finger prick test) as I was feeling a bit nervous, this turned out to be negative.

On October 20th (51 days) I came down with a bit of a fever/headache which lasted about a day or so.

I had to go back in for a follow-up test on October 28th (60 days) because the first test I took was too early, this test also turned out to be negative.

Is it safe to move on or do I have to wait until week 12/13?

Thanks for all your help.

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Re: Should I Be Worried?
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2019, 02:24:58 pm »
Hiya

Rapid tests, so retest at 3 months but I would not expect your results to change
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