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Offline lbg123

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High risk, symptoms
« on: February 14, 2020, 07:36:15 am »
Looking for some guidance, as I was told by a doctor I do not exhibit symptoms of acute infection, because they do not last for over 3 months as mine have. I understand all risks factors with hereto sex, and statistically it would seem I am not at risk. However, I did have unprotected vaginal (many times) and anal with someone I have been seeing for 4 months. His status is not known. He says he is clean, but I would be naive to take someone’s word if they have not been tested.
3 weeks after I developed the below symptoms.

Sore throat and white spots on tonsils (strep negative)
Low grade fever, 99.4, for about a day.
Extreme fatigue and lethargy
Leg pain/swollen lymph nodes in neck and groin
Did not eat for two days.

I have was screened for all STDs, except for HIV.
Was tested for mono, negative. My bloodwork was normal.
Over the last 12 weeks these symptoms persist, however I have not had any fevers, rashes or drenching night sweats.

The lethargy is the most alarming to me as well as the neck lymph nodes.
In October I spent 8 hours hiking Mt Washington, now a 20 min spin around Target is too much for me.

I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, and I believe it is because I am convinced my test will be positive. I have lost 8 pounds, due to worry. I suppose. 

Comments and thoughts? Testing in March. I’m ready to take this on regardless of my status, and get healthy.


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Re: High risk, symptoms
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 09:37:39 am »
Hiya,

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He says he is clean, but I would be naive to take someone’s word if they have not been tested.

I've never heard of a cleanliness test and I'm not sure how their cleanliness is relevant to this assessment or HIV, it's not like living with HIV somehow makes people dirty or unwashed. I know I still wash and look after myself, showered this morning, clean as clean could be.

Now as for HIV testing, even if they tested this morning it would irrelevant to you. All it would mean is they were HIV negative for sure some 3+ months ago, instead simply protect yourself.

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I understand all risks factors with hereto sex, and statistically it would seem I am not at risk.

Any intercourse is a low risk statistically as HIV is different to transmit even when all the conditions are just right, yet despite that here we all are and it's the main route for the 78 million of us who contracted the virus and the 1.5 million new cases yearly. In short, unprotected vaginal and anal intercourse are real HIV risks and globally the biggest transmission routes

When did you last engage in any unprotected intercourse?
How many weeks after this did you test?

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 ‘safe’ 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.

Kind regards

Jim

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Offline lbg123

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Re: High risk, symptoms
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2020, 09:54:42 am »
I suppose using the word “clean” was in poor taste. What I meant was- he said he is HIV negative. But has not tested.

It’s been exactly 3 months since unprotected occurred. My symptoms listed in my previous comments have been persistent for 13 weeks.


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Re: High risk, symptoms
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2020, 09:58:30 am »
Hiya,

Well okay but even if he tested I would be telling you that you had a real-world risk and would need to test yourself to know your HIV status.

Your symptoms are not HIV specific, I am sorry you have been feeling unwell and hope you feel better soon. Do talk to your doctor if you still have symptoms so they can treat whatever it is.

Regarding HIV as it's been 3 months, test with an approved HIV antibodies test. A negative result will be considered conclusive at this time.

Best, Jim

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Re: High risk, symptoms
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 10:04:30 am »
Thank you. I agree, and will test.
Again I apologize for the poor choice of words  :'(. I pride myself on not being someone who attaches any stigma, or ignorance, around anyone with HIV.

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Re: High risk, symptoms
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 02:09:15 pm »
Hiya,

Although, of course, there is a reason for my reaction, I don't think anyone is personally offended, I'm certainly not. I did have to call it out though, I am sure you can appreciate we have a lot of newbies here or people reading the forum who are prehaps struggling to come to terms with their own diagnosis, fearing judgment. Seeing people labelling HIV negative as "clean" does not help.

Anyhow, I wish you well. Test to know your status so you can put this behind you and going forward use condoms for any intercourse, no exceptions.
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