|discolred veins and spleen pain
Sep 13, 2004
About 5 weeks ago my condom broke during very high risk anal sex. Five days following the incident, a had a sensation to urinate constantly, and periodically felt sick to my stomach. I went to my PCP a few days later, and she gave me anti-biotics in the event I was exposed to chlam, gon, syph; all these and hiv came back negative of course. About 10 days following incident, I became very sick (soar throat, periodic nausea, muscle aches throughout body, no appetite, incredibly stiff neck, periodic pain in groin and armpits), which lasted for a little over two weeks. Toward the end of these two weeks my left side below rib began hurting frequently, and I have noticably discolored veins (blue and purple) on my fingers, palms of hands, wrists. Should I go to an HIV specialist or Hep spec? My PCP says she has no idea what the veins are. Thank you for this resource.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
You describe multiple symptoms but none of them point me specifically to HIV or HCV or HBV infection. I would start simply by checking your liver function tests. If they are normal, I wouldn't pursue hepatitis testing further. If you desire further evaluation for HIV you can consider talking to your PCP about getting an HIV RNA which is a viral load.
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