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Worrying symptoms
« on: January 04, 2021, 11:43:04 am »
In August I had a run in with an East African CSW (country has around 1% HIV).

I had indulged in a lot of sex earlier in the night (protected) so was a little raw down there. I picked up a girl and went back to my house where we proceeded to have unprotected oral sex (both ways).
Near the end of the night we had 2-3 minutes of unprotected vaginal whereby I finished outside of her. We had a discussion on her (and my!) HIV status and she claimed to be negative but due to the moment she didn't dwell on the question.
Now fast forward 10 days, I developed a retro-orbital headache and intermittent vertigo, this vertigo would become quite server when outside walking to the point that I would have to sit down. I had some moments of feeling flush but no major fever or flu symptoms. The headache and vertigo lasted 13 days then spontaneously cleared up.

I put this incident at the back of my mind and thought I would wait until my next annual screening to be tested for HIV and other STIs however in October I developed a severe burning mouth, mostly the tongue and hard palate. I started googling and all things pointed to Oral Thrush - UH OH red flag for HIV. This pain with no obvious change to the oral mucosa lasted for 4-5 weeks (I tried nystatin to no success) and the pain subsided with a change of toothpaste but never fully went away.

Earlier this month I developed Serb Derm on my scalp (dandruff is normal for me, but now its worse) and some itching of the eyebrows and forehead, and now since Christmas my burning tongue is back with vengeance! Obviously this triggers me to think of HIV - reoccurring 'Oral thrush' and Serb derm are often the first signs of an infection (post ARS), correct?

Do these symptoms (And i know symptoms don't usually mean anything) suggest the need to be tested before my annual screening (medical) in March?

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Re: Worrying symptoms
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2021, 12:03:42 pm »
Hiya,

None of the symptoms mentioned would be HIV specific.

Understand you had condomless intercourse in Aug 2020, a real-world risk that warrants testing outside of standard routine, so test with an approved HIV antibodies test to check your HIV status.

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

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get 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: Worrying symptoms
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2021, 12:34:21 pm »
Jim

Thank you for your rapid response.

I will now aim to get tested.

What do you think my chances are? I am considering an at home test or one in a medical office (I am in Spain and many are closed due to coronavirus). If there is a high chance I’ll test positive over this I would like to be in a medical environment.

Thanks

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Re: Worrying symptoms
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2021, 12:41:19 pm »
Hiya,

The odds per act are always low, that said it happens millions of times per year and there is no way to accurately calculate an individual's odds.

The only way to know your HIV status is by testing. If you want to wait and book a screening with a healthcare provider that's up-to-you, also test for far easier to acquire STI's if possible.

Best, Jim
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Re: Worrying symptoms
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2021, 10:29:11 am »
Morning Jim,

Just wanted to follow up - took an OraQuick test this morning - Negative.

Will follow up with my healthcare provider for other STI's and a re-run of the HIV test (I assume they usually do them all together!)

Thank you for your help - stay safe

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Re: Worrying symptoms
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2021, 10:44:41 am »
You're welcome.

This is a reliable result over the Aug 2020 incident.

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Will follow up with my healthcare provider for other STI's and a re-run of the HIV test (I assume they usually do them all together!)

I would expect when a healthcare provider does perform STI screening for them to explain what is included. However, if they don't it can't hurt to ask.

Best, Jim
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