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Chronic Symptoms
« on: May 22, 2020, 11:17:29 am »
Hi, thanks for reading! 32 yo m here. I've been experiencing some chronic symptoms over the past several years. They include post nasal drip, inflamed gums and tongue, and noticeably soft stool(though not generally loose like diarrhea). I wouldn't say they've progressed noticeably, but mainly ebbed and flowed; a certain symptom may intensify for a couple weeks before fading out and returning a couple weeks later. The gums have gotten progressively worse, they've receded quite a bit, but I also have had poor dental hygiene until the last couple months, though they're still far from ideal they've started to look more pink and bleed less of late. As far as the tongue, though it sometimes has a light coating, it doesn't look so much like the pics of oral thrush I've seen, but more like this https://i.pinimg.com/474x/44/71/64/447164aad9277156e16be9b17f20c73f--geographic-tongue-tongue-health.jpg
It's also sore sometimes. I haven't noticed any other issues in my mouth. There have been other minor symptoms in general, but probably not beneficial to list them all.

As far as exposure, I had unprotected sex with a girlfriend during parts of 2012 and 2013. These symptoms began late 2014. They actually began after I got very sick from a flu like illness but this would have been well past the window for ARS. Haven't had a major illness since, just these persistent symptoms.

I haven't been to the doctor since all this began, was scheduled to a couple months ago but delayed it due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I know no one can say for sure, and I'm planning to order an at home test so I will know for certain. It does seem like my symptoms may relate to an immune deficiency but obviously that could relate to a whole range of potential issues. From what I've read, HIV often times is dormant for years, whereas I had symptoms 1-2 years after potential exposure and have now had them for nearly 6 years to some degree without major change. I guess I'm wondering if HIV may react in this way, or if there's anything to take away from any of this. Grateful for any insight really though, thanks!
« Last Edit: May 22, 2020, 11:20:34 am by Jj1286 »

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Re: Chronic Symptoms
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 11:50:21 am »

Nothing you mentioned is HIV specific. I'm sorry to hear you have had issues, please continue to work with your doctor on treating those whenever next possible.

Regarding HIV and far easier to acquire STI's, You have had multiple exposures over the years and the only way to know your status is by testing. 

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.

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