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Author Topic: Waiting on results and just need to vent.  (Read 353 times)

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Offline Jadepen

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Waiting on results and just need to vent.
« on: November 08, 2019, 09:53:10 am »
Hello everyone,

January of this year I had first one night stand. Iím a girl btw. Anyways, the guy wore a condom however it broke and Iím not sure how long it was broken for because I was a little drunk. All I know is that I went to the bathroom after and a piece of it was on me so it definitely broke. Anyways a couple weeks later I did a 4th generation test which was negative. Now, at that point I had no idea that you needed to wait 3 months for a definitive result. 7 weeks after possible exposure, I got what I thought was an allergic reaction to amoxicillin that I was taking post tooth extraction. I got a chest rash which was very mild and Iíve had it before also with no other symptom. Here we are 11 months later and Iím pregnant and I just did my bloodwork and I started googling of course and I have convinced myself that that rash had to be hiv related since all I read is how common rashes are when seroconversion happens. I feel like crying and I have no one I can talk to. I know that you guys may think Iím being irrational but I donít know who else to turn to who wonít judge me.  :'(
« Last Edit: November 08, 2019, 09:55:27 am by Jadepen »

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Re: Waiting on results and just need to vent.
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2019, 10:24:51 am »
Hiya,

Wishing you all the best with the pregnancy

Regarding Jan 2019 exposure, a rash can happen for many reasons, it's not HIV specific. Truth is most people have no initial symptoms at all or none noticeable, so try not to overthink things.

I see you tested at 7 weeks post-incident with a 4th gen, any result 6+ weeks after exposure will rarely ever change, the 3 months test is more for peace of mind than anything else.   :)

If you now do have a reactive result at this stage I would suspect another exposure had occurred at a later date.

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 protection going forward

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as Ďsafeí 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.

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

Kind regards

Jim
« Last Edit: November 08, 2019, 10:51:32 am by Jim Allen »
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Re: Waiting on results and just need to vent.
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2019, 11:12:13 am »
I actually got tested 2 weeks after which is why Iím freaking out. I appreciate your response though and thank you.

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Re: Waiting on results and just need to vent.
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2019, 11:17:10 am »
Aha right, well look still no reason to stress.

HIV is extremely difficult to transmit, so just wait for the test result. If you have had other exposures since then ill add to test at 6 weeks post last possible exposure and again if you wish to have a conclusive result at 3 months.

Jim
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