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HIV symptoms, will get test results next week
« on: May 18, 2020, 03:46:35 am »
Over the past three months or so, I've experienced random symptoms like fatigue and headaches but I never really attributed those to a possible HIV infection. However, about 5 days ago, I noticed I felt something cottony in my mouth. I looked in the mirror and there were was a white plaque on my upper cheek. When I removed the plaque, the underlying color was red. After some quick research, I realized it was probably oral thrush. This is where I got pretty scared. I scheduled to go see a doctor and was prescribed anti-fungal medicine for the oral thrush. From what I saw, it was beginning to go away before I started the medicine but went ahead with the anti-fungal pills prescribed by my doctor. I'm currently on the pills and although visible oral thrush has disappeared quickly over the past three days, my throat feels a bit sore. Part of what's worrisome to me in particular of this oral thrush symptom is that I'm a 19 year old dude who is otherwise in good health. To my knowledge, I had no underlying diseases that would have caused a decrease in immunity. I will say that during this COVID-19 episode, my diet's been a bit wack and I've been literally only drinking diet soda, sleeping weird hours, not moving much, and have been somewhat stressed. I just highly doubt these things would cause me to get a symptom I've never had in my life.

I got blood work done when I went to the doctor, so I'll be hearing back soon if I do have HIV. I haven't been with anyone sexually in about a month and a half so I'm confident the results will be accurate. My last test for all STD's was back in June of 2019. I tested negative for HIV then. Is the oral thrush symptom something that arises within a year of HIV infection or is it more of a symptom that arises when CD4 counts are near AIDS levels? If oral thrush is an indicator of advanced HIV, wouldn't it be highly unlikely that I have it given my results from the previous year were negative?


I have a lot to learn from this experience regardless of what I find out next week. I definitely had experiences that were potentially high exposure to the virus. I had unprotected anal sex with other men as the insertive partner. Right now, my mind is racing constantly with anxiety and worry over this. I've told some friends and my close family which has helped. If I happen to result negative for the virus, I'm definitely going to enroll in PrEP. I'll honestly be a bit surprised if I happen to turn out negative since I've been preparing myself for a positive result this entire time. Wish me luck guys and stay safe.

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Re: HIV symptoms, will get test results next week
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2020, 06:55:07 am »
Hiya,

That's a lot.

Well as for the thrush, firstly thrush overgrowth is common enough that it will happen to most adults regardless of HIV status for various reasons including stress. If you are still having health issues continue to work with your doctor to treat it.  No need to overthink that at all.

Not sure what you mean with blood work getting done. Did it specifically include HIV screening or was it just general blood work?

Anyhow, I take it the risk was just the condomless intercourse. So just test 6 weeks post last exposure,  a 6-week negative result from blood-drawn antibodies test would rarely ever change. If you wish you can retest at 3 months post-exposure for a conclusive result, however, that would be more for peace of mind rather than any requirement.

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 talking to your healthcare provider about 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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Re: HIV symptoms, will get test results next week
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2020, 01:44:52 am »
I was super anxious so I went out and bought an oraquick test. Result came out negative and I don't suspect I seroconverted within the past 10 weeks. Still waiting on blood work but my mind is more calm now.

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Re: HIV symptoms, will get test results next week
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2020, 05:14:47 am »
Hiya,

Any negative result is a good indicator, as it's an OTC rapid test do retest at 3 months post-exposure.

Best, Jim
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