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Offline lekiki

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« on: May 19, 2020, 09:28:21 pm »
I would like to start by thanking all of you by the good job you are doing providing insight to people. Sorry English not my first language

   Here is my situation on Feb 21/2020 I had unprotected sex with my girlfriend (I am a straight male). Prior to that I didnít have sex for 2 months since I wasnít in the country.
   My last STD and HIV test was on December 26th all negative my girlfriend as well negative. We have been dating for 2 years now. Before I got home on 2/11 her doctor did her physical and perform all STD and HIV test (negative).

    March 11 I went to the dentist and I saw someone who was sick that day coughing and sneezing in the same room as me 2 days after I got sick headache, muscle ache (legs), coughing (dry cough), sore throat no fever and hard time breathing (for 10 days). I called the doctor and he said I might have caught a bad flu or maybe COVID 19, he asked me to stay at home and drink a lot of water.

    March 20 I had protected sex with a friend ( I was feeling somewhat better already). April 8th deep kissing, unprotected oral sex (I received) and protected vaginal sex with the same friend. April 15 to now I have headache and legs are heavy when sitting or laying in bed but when moving around they are just fine. The headache come and goes the pain in the legs switch from left to right and sometimes both.
    I was concerned that I caught HIV when googling my symptoms (headache and legs pain and heaviness) so I bought Oraquick and I tested myself on 5/11/2020 it came out negative.
    I asked my friend that i had sex with her status and she said negative she even went to planned parenthood to get tested on 5/13/2020 and she sent me a picture it was negative.
    I took another test on 5/15 with my girlfriend both of us Oraquick it came out negative for both of us.
    I still have headache OTC doesnít help that much and the heaviness and pain in my legs are still present. Do you guys think I should keep on testing or move on with my life? should I trust Oraquick Test result.

    I know you guys donít go by symptoms or other people result I just put it to give you a background on my situation.
Thank you

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Re: Worried
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2020, 11:57:23 pm »
Hiya,

Read your post the only obvious potential exposure mentioned was condomless intercourse on the 21st of Feb and you tested on the 15th of May with an OraQuick.

It's about a few days short of the window period for that test but I don't see a reason to reason to retest unless you have had other exposures.

Going forward keep in mind that past results are rather meaningless and engaging in condomless sex with your partner is simply accepting a possible risk towards you of acquiring HIV. 

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 Ďsafeí 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: Worried
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 04:39:49 pm »
Thank you for your reply Jim it really means a lot to me.
The test was performed 83 days after exposure. Do you think I should test at 90 days which is the CDC recommendation?
Also do you think oraquick is accurate?
I donít know why but my mind keep thinking I was infected with HIV maybe is the fear of it after reading a lot of stuffs on it on google (symptoms)

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Re: Worried
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2020, 09:36:07 pm »
Hiya,

You're welcome.

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The test was performed 83 days after exposure. Do you think I should test at 90 days which is the CDC recommendation?
Also do you think oraquick is accurate?

Already answered, it's about a few days short of the window period for that test but I don't see a reason to reason to retest unless you have had other exposures.

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I donít know why but my mind keep thinking I was infected with HIV maybe is the fear of it after reading a lot of stuffs on it on google (symptoms)

Yeah, stop googling it's just feeding your fears on this one.
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
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Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
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PEP and PrEP

 


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