|Tested but still concerned (like everyone else).
Apr 16, 1999
I had sex twice unprotected, once 10 months ago, another time about 7 months ago, and protected sex about 4 months ago with the same individual whom I had had uprotected sex with 7 months ago. I was tested at a local clinic about a month ago and it came up negative. I do not believe I have shown any symptoms, I've felt fine, been sick only twice this year and recovered from both illness after about 1 week at the most. The only thing strange is that I've begun to get breakouts on my back for the first time within the last 2 months. I'm 18 so I don't know if that's just my body going through more changes and adjustments, or possibly the effects of a disease. Also I noticed that depending on what I eat the breakouts are worse, for example very oily foods tend to cause worse breakouts. Could they be a sign of infection? I know this seems paranoid, but now I'm quite concerned after seeing the many posts about people getting tested for nearly a year before finding themselves positive. Also, would a local clinic carry out reliable tests? When I went there they told me there was a window of 6 weeks before you should get tested, but everywhere I look I've seen 6 months. They also told me there was no way of being tested positive for a negative infection, and no negative tests for a positive infection unless you were exposed within the 6 week window. I know I have met the six month requirement in either case, but should I worry about being tested again/often just in case they were wrong? Sorry about the long question, but I thought that I could put that all behind me now, I'm just wondering if I still can.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
You can put it behind you. You may want to consult with a dermatologist to determine what the rash on your back is. Acne, or some form of that would be high on my list. MH
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