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Symptoms after high risk with sw
« on: August 05, 2020, 06:19:45 pm »
I was working in Asia and had multiple encounters with a SW (the same one each time). I used condoms but there were a couple of times that I did put my penis in her without the condom for a few seconds because alcohol makes you do dumb things. The last encounter was the last week of February and I returned to the USA. I noticed that my wife had an ulcer after I returned then she got on antibiotics and developed a yeast infection. I started having a tingling sensation when I would need to pee and frequent urination and lower back pain. I thought I possibly had a UTi And went see my doctor but he said he thought it was muscular which has since went away. After noticing that I had a white tongue (which my doc said was not oral thrush as I had thought it was) I told my wife and we both went and got tested. She went to her obgyn where the sent off blood work to the lab and I went to a clinic where they did an alere determine finger prick rapid test on July 21st. Both of our test were negative but I now have a fever blister on my lip and I thought back to my rapid test and I remember the hiv counselor who did the test used more than 1 drop of buffer after placing the blood sample in the card and she read Results 10 minutes after. I’m worried my test is a false negative because of my symptoms.
« Last Edit: August 05, 2020, 06:31:42 pm by M2584 »

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Re: Symptoms after high risk with sw
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2020, 06:40:11 pm »
Hiya,

None of your symptoms are HIV specific and you have conclusively tested negative post the February condomless intercourse.

Regarding your wife ill give you the same advice I give anyone saying they are in a relationship, that is, if you have been engaging 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 do 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 does not prevent HIV and any unprotected intercourse is simply accepting a possible risk towards you of acquiring HIV.

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

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: Symptoms after high risk with sw
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2020, 06:43:44 pm »
I cheated on my wife in Asia and she has been only with me for 16 years. Her test I trust but what are the odds of a 4th gen alere giving false negative due to adding too much buffer when administering the test?

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Re: Symptoms after high risk with sw
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2020, 06:54:07 pm »
Hiya,

Not, firstly the HIV counsellor is trained to conduct the test correctly. If the test had been invalid due to any mishandling the control line would have failed to show.

As for your wife, I understand you trust her, understand she tested, however, this is a risk assessment. The assessment is trust or her test results does not prevent HIV transmission and to consider reducing your risks and to at least test regularly for STI's & HIV.

Best, Jim

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Re: Symptoms after high risk with sw
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2020, 06:57:31 pm »
Ok so your opinion is that my test is a conclusive negative after the February exposure.

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Re: Symptoms after high risk with sw
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2020, 07:00:17 pm »
Correct.

As for the blister on the lip, sorry to hear that, sounds anoying/painful, however, instead of letting it cause you anymore stress see your doctor so they can asses and treat it.

Best, Jim
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