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Offline Yousaf1988

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Infection headaches or anxiety
« on: April 01, 2020, 04:09:29 am »
Hi
I had unprotected sex with multiple women through the month of January until March.
I recently had one on the 8th of March and after 4 to 7 days I had a pharyngitis and quite fatigue and mild headaches bu no fever. I was prescribed antibiotics .
After couple of days, I went back and gave me amoxicillin cause of tiny small lump thay was swollen on my neck for a day and a cold sore. I felt depleted and tired with still mild recourent headaches But no fever rash... I did an hiv blood test on the 18th of March that came back negative. On the 22nd March I took 1g Azithromycin for a possible chlamydia infection I picked up during the weekend (I had swollen testicules for couple of days). Since then my headaches have drastically increased, I might have sever anxiety attacks that might make things worst. They are so sever that I feel them all them (migraine like, cluster, tension...) they suddenly just come and stay for
Few hours. I wake up to thay paranoid feeling of not being myself and all Iím doing is digging online and convincing myself that Iím HIV positive.
As your opinion, do you think those severe headaches can be related to the infection ?
I read online that Azithromycin can cause anxiety and headaches. Thing is, I took 1g nearly 10 days ago and the effects are still consistent.
Thank you for the help

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Re: Infection headaches or anxiety
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2020, 04:27:36 am »
Hiya,

Sorry to hear that you have been feeling unwell. So far nothing you posted is HIV specific, and a lot of it is simply not HIV related. Keep working with your doctor and, I hope you feel better soon.

Regarding HIV, I presume it was condomless intercourse so test for peace of mind at 6 weeks post your last unprotected intercourse with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test, this result will rarely ever change. You can repeat this at 3 months post-exposure for peace of mind if you want to.

Keep in mind the vast majority of people have no initial symptoms or none noticeable whatsoever and since the lack or presence of symptoms means nothing in terms of HIV status the only way to know to post exposure is by testing at the appropriate time.

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

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Offline Yousaf1988

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Re: Infection headaches or anxiety
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2020, 01:37:05 pm »
Hi
I run both tests 4 weeks after infection, PCR RNA came out positive and the 4th generation came out negative. I had a very slight sore throat, constant migraines and tiny little lymph node in my neck lasting a day.
Do you think Iím positive ?
Thank you
« Last Edit: April 21, 2020, 01:56:31 pm by Jim Allen »

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Re: Infection headaches or anxiety
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2020, 01:59:39 pm »
Hiya,

I don't think anything at this stage.

Reactive PCR test, understand that can be upsetting, however, on its own not yet definitive and you are testing within the window period, so continue to work with your healthcare provider to continue testing for a conclusive result.

Try to relax, don't overthink things and arrange a follow-up appointment with your doctor for continued testing.

Jim
« Last Edit: April 21, 2020, 02:13:45 pm by Jim Allen »
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Offline Yousaf1988

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Re: Infection headaches or anxiety
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2020, 02:06:16 pm »
Hi jim
Thank you !
I donít know much really about the tests but they said itís an early detection one and itís 99% accurate.
Tomorow might be 7 week post infection. What test would u suggest to go for?

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Re: Infection headaches or anxiety
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2020, 02:11:09 pm »
Hiya,

PCR testing is nice but false results like false positives are very much possible, there are a number of reasons it's not recommended as first-line screening.

You should be consulting your healthcare provider about the results and let them order follow-up testing to confirm either way.

As said, try not to stress about it but do follow-up

Jim
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