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Author Topic: I took an HIV RNA test and I need positive thoughts  (Read 828 times)

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Offline sierraa

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I took an HIV RNA test and I need positive thoughts
« on: May 21, 2020, 03:19:06 am »
Hi All,

I hope someone can provide me a few positive stories about people experiencing multiple symptoms and still test negative. After doing some research I feel hopeless and trying to prepare myself.. I rarely freak out about symptoms... but I think in this case my fear is pretty much justified.

Last Thursday I developed 37.7-38.5C fever with moderate pharyngitis and slightly swollen (and tender) cervical lymph nodes. Just as with any similar infection, I was feeling pretty tired during the first 3-4 days. I rarely have fever and I was pretty surprised that I did not develop any respiratory symptoms like runny nose or coughing.

My temperature went back to normal after 3.5 days... my pharyngitis disappeared after 5-6 days. My right cervical lymph node is slightly still swollen after 7 days. Just as my pharyngitis disappeared, I developed a cold sore. I haven't had cold sore since forever.

I panicked and on Satruday (after 2.5 half days after first symptoms) I took a home OraQuick test and obviously it came back negative. Then on Monday I took an HIV RNA test (~4days after first symptoms). The results should be ready in 24 hours.

I'm a heterosexual guy and I did have unprotected sex multiple times in the past 1 month with a heterosexual girl with unknown status.

So it's not looking good. Any positive thoughts are welcome. Thanks.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2020, 03:23:06 am by sierraa »

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Re: I took an HIV RNA test and I need positive thoughts
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2020, 04:38:24 am »
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I hope someone can provide me a few positive stories about people experiencing multiple symptoms and still test negative.

Just about every 2nd thread in the "Do I have HIV" section. Anyhow stories are irrelevant. Generally, the presence or lack of symptoms is meaningless, testing is what matters.

Now nothing you mentioned including the herpes outbreak is HIV specific either. Work with your doctor/pharmacist to reduce the outbreak and treat whatever is making you sick.

I hope you feel better soon. 

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I did have unprotected sex multiple times in the past 1 month

Test at 6 weeks post-exposure with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test, a negative result at that time will rarely ever change, although if you wish you can retest for a definite result at 3 months post-exposure if you wish.

If you are testing with the rapid OTC antibodies tests then test at 3 months post-exposure for a result. Remember to also test for far easier to acquire STI's whilst you are at it.

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: I took an HIV RNA test and I need positive thoughts
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2020, 04:48:06 am »
Hi Jim.

Thanks for the quick response and I understand that my post is just one of the many concerned posts in the thread. I do appreciate the existence of this forum and I will definitely come back no matter what.

Your mention of my symptoms being not HIV specific calmed me down a bit, although I do know that I did present many symptoms that confirmed the need of an HIV test.

Cheers!

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Re: I took an HIV RNA test and I need positive thoughts
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2020, 04:59:52 am »
Hiya,

You're welcome.

Look you need to test because you had a potential exposure, not because of symptoms. Most people will initially have no symptoms or none noticeable.

Relax, test when due and going forward use condoms no exceptions and consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection.
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Re: I took an HIV RNA test and I need positive thoughts
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2020, 12:26:33 am »
Hi Jim,

I'm back because too many threads here end without people coming back to share negative results or thoughts after going through some anxiety around testing.

Whilst I was waiting for my test, I did what I should have done before engaging any sexual activities with a new partner (using condoms or not). I sit down with her and we discussed our sexual history and tests we did in the past. Her response and openness really calmed me down. Even if you can't trust someone 100%, talking about STD testing can calm your nerves down while you are waiting for the results. She claimed that she tested negative just right before we started dating.

My HIV RNA test came back negative and I also asked my healthcare provider to do a full STD test. I tested negative for everything (including a 4th gen HIV test, which might have been a bit early), but HSV-1 (herpes simplex), what is so common that CDC in the US recommends against testing (really: https://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/screening.htm).

In my original post, I used the wrong word for ulcers (I've never had cold sores). I had ulcers before, but this time I had the worst outbreak of my life. My theory is that I had a primary herpes simplex infection and that caused my symptoms. I'm talking with my doctor about that possibility, but honestly at this point it doesn't really matter.

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So here is my advice if you experience unusual flu like symptoms and you end up stressing about having HIV because you googled and read about it. If you had a potential exposure, listen to Jim, stop googling and get tested when you are in the testing window.

I showed almost every symptoms websites list as possible indicator of an HIV infection (besides rash). BUT the truth is that symptoms are just your body's reaction to a viral infection. It can be a million different thing and HIV is just one of the many-many possible causes.

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Jim, I have to tell you that I read plenty of threads here on the forum. It's heartwarming and touching that there is actually a place on the internet where there is nothing, but warmth, support and positive thoughts for people living with HIV.

During the past few weeks, I read and learned a lot about HIV and living with HIV. I think I have a much better understanding about the community, spread and treatment options. Whenever it's appropriate, I will use this knowledge to educate others.

I wish you and the forum members the best. Keep up the amazing work. You folks are amazing.

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Re: I took an HIV RNA test and I need positive thoughts
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2020, 03:58:51 am »
Hiya,

Glad the results so far are negative.

Remember to test at 6 weeks post-exposure with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test, a negative result at that time will rarely ever change, although if you wish you can retest for a definite result at 3 months post-exposure if you wish.

If you are testing with the rapid antibodies tests then test at 3 months post-exposure for a result.

Regarding your new partner, ill give you the same advice I give anyone saying they are in a relationship, that is, if you engage in condomless sex with your partner it would meet all the biological conditions needed for you to acquire HIV.

Now I don't judge couples that decide to engage in condomless sex, it's often based on trust within a relationship or past test results. However, just note this trust or past results do not prevent HIV and any condomless sex is simply accepting a possible risk towards you of acquiring HIV.

Test regularly for HIV and far easier to transmit STI's.

Best, Jim
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