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Author Topic: Overwhelmed with symptoms - At which point does testing become recommended?  (Read 1130 times)

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Offline AAAHelp2

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Hello,

I am writing because I am extremely stressed these days and need reassurance.

About 10 months ago I received a BJ (me the insertive partner) from another man who later I found out to be poz.
I immediately panicked but a quick research on reputable sites reassured me that I was not at risk for HIV, so I forgot about the incident.

However, about 6 months after that BJ (and no other sexual activities in between) I started having scary symptoms that are really taking a toll on my mental health:

- I have pins and needles in my hands and feet
- my entire mouth started burning despite no sores or obvious abnormalities
- muscles in my neck, shoulders and back are extremely sore
- I wake up almost every morning with a tension headache (behind my head, probably due to neck pain)
- my stools are looser and lighter than before (not diarrhea but very soft)

After a month of ongoing symptoms (so 7 months after the BJ) I panicked and purchased an Oraquick oral swab, which turned out to be negative.
The relief lasted two days, because these symptoms are still persistent and I started reading online about Oraquick false negatives.

My concern is that these could be opportunistic infections to my mouth, muscles and intestinal tract that are developing after 7-8 months of being infected.

Hence my three questions:
1. Is it possible to develop opportunistic infections so soon with HIV?
2. despite the apparently low risk activity, at which point symptoms become so overwhelming that testing becomes recommended?

Thank you for the help you provide.

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Hiya,

1) & 2) irrelevant questions.

It's simple receiving a blowjob is no HIV risk to you whatsoever.  It lacks all the conditions required for acquiring HIV,  thus it makes sense that after nearly 40 years of this pandemic in terms of BJ's there hasnít been a single documented case of HIV transmission to an insertive partner (the person being "sucked") and you will not be the worlds first.

I am sorry you are feeling unwell but you did not get HIV from this encounter. See your doctor and treat whatever is making you sick and as you are sexually active test at least yearly out of routine for STI's & HIV

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.

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Kind regards

Jim

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« Last Edit: February 06, 2020, 04:41:20 pm by Jim Allen »
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Offline AAAHelp2

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Wow, thanks a lot for the almost immediate answer, I appreciate it and that speaks volume on the help you provide to people.

Sometimes it's hard to convince oneself of the no risk (plus a neg oral swab at 7 months) in light of all the symptoms.

In terms of conditions required, does the quantity of saliva matter? I am asking because the guy used a lot, and since my penis was flaccid it became all soaked with his saliva.

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Relax, saliva is not HIV infectious, in fact, it's hostile towards HIV.

You had no risk from this encounter and nobody has ever been infected the way you fear, stop looking for an issue from an event you don't have. 

Use condoms for any intercourse and as you are sexually active test at least yearly out of routine for STI's & HIV

Best, Jim
« Last Edit: February 06, 2020, 05:24:29 pm by Jim Allen »
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Offline AAAHelp2

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Thank you Jim.

I was browsing the net and found a study (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/484948) where it says "Another condition that may lead to oral shedding of infectious HIV is the high titer of HIV during both the initial stage of infection and the late-stage disease."

Does that imply that saliva of a newly infected person is indeed infectious?

[I am not doubting your answers  :) I just wanted to see what's your opinion on that study].

Thanks in advance.

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 ::) No, and for your own peace of mind stop reading single publications and taking them as absolute fact, particularly not from 1998 out of context about an issue that you don't have. You seem to be focusing on one aspect/paper to find risk and ignoring all others.

Now saliva is only one barrier to your concern, asides from the free HIV copies being defective and I could go on for hours ... In short, after 40 years and nearly 90 million cases nobody has ever been infected the way you fear, so stop looking for an issue from an event you don't have and has never occurred.

Focus on your real risks and test out of routine at least yearly
« Last Edit: February 10, 2020, 04:31:31 pm by Jim Allen »
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