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Author Topic: Risky activity 2 months ago, now I'm having strange symptoms...  (Read 733 times)

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Risky activity 2 months ago, now I'm having strange symptoms...
« on: February 09, 2020, 05:47:42 pm »
I know that the only true way to diagnose HIV is to get tested. I'm going to planned parenthood tomorrow for the rapid testing, they're just not open today. Anyways, as the title states I had sex with a new partner without wearing a condom (I'm an idiot) about 2 months ago to the day. After two weeks, I started having burning while urinating. I went and got tested, had chlamydia, got treated. Then, about 3-4 weeks later, I started having really bad, mucus like diarrhea, but it's not like normal diarrhea. The stool itself is shredded and like brown slime, accompanied by water. This has been going on for the past 10 days and it's driving me insane. I went and saw the same doctor who diagnosed me with chlamydia and he ordered a stool sample to be taken. I immediately told him I wanted to be tested for hepatitis and HIV. He told me he didn't think it was either of those but he would test me for them if the stool sample came back abnormal. I just got the test results and they were all negative for whatever he was looking for. So now I know he wont test me for the hepatitis or HIV which is why I'm going to planned parenthood. So my question is has anyone else had these symptoms? I have no other symptoms, no cold sweats, fatigue, rash, muscle or joint pain, no fever, no sore throat, no loss of appetite, no ulcers, or swollen lymph nodes (all those thanks to cdc.gov). I have diarrhea (mostly controllable, I can always hold it until I make it to a toilet, and it's only roughly 3 times a day) and sometimes stomach cramps because I have to poop, accompanied by weight loss because of the diarrhea (but I'm also actively going to the gym, could be either). Thank you for any input and for taking the time to read this. I know it's lengthy but I need someone to talk to help me ease my mind while I'm waiting for tomorrow. I'm scared and alone. Thanks.

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Re: Risky activity 2 months ago, now I'm having strange symptoms...
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2020, 11:09:59 pm »

Try not to beat yourself up, stuff happens in life.

He told me he didn't think it was either of those but he would test me for them if the stool sample came back abnormal.

The above is concerning, not because of the symptoms, but that the doctor you have is refusing to test you as they think the symptoms are unrelated.

Whilst it's true that most people have no initial HIV symptoms whatsoever or none noticeable it's also why HIV testing is the only way to know one's HIV status post risk and you should be getting screened regularly as you are sexually active. If it was me I would be looking for a new doctor.

Regarding your exposure, as it was a potential HIV risk test at 6 weeks post finishing post-exposure with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test a negative at this time will rarely ever change. If you wish to have a definite result for peace of mind then although not really needed you can repeat at 3 months.

Remember to test for far easier to acquire STI's as well.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP going forward as an additional layer of protection against HIV

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


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