Red Rash & Sore throat feeling suicidal
Jun 6, 2013
Hi, On 26 April 2013 I went to a lapdance club in UK. I had lapdance with two girls. First girl eveything was ok had my full clothes on. During second lapdance, I had strange feeling on my penis head. But I am not sure, if my penis came out of my pants & underwear or not. I am assuming it came out and it did touch the genitalia of the stripper for about 2 mins. I dont think there was any intercourse. Now after 5 weeks I have dry throat (no problem swallowing or drinking water)(Its there for 5 days now) & red colour rash appearing on my forehead between but just above my eyebrows about 1 cms long, flat not ichty and colour is fading. Do I have contracted HIV. I am feeling suicidal and have tried attempting it once. I am freaked out and think of doing a complete suicide
Response from Dr. Young
You had essentially no risk of getting HIV from your exposure. Indeed, your symptoms don't sound at all like acute HIV infection. At all.
Please try to locate services that can help you with your feelings; but write me back here anytime.
Response from Dr. Fawcett
Thanks for writing. Suicidal thoughts are an extremely serious concern, even more so if any kind of plan is envisioned. Sometimes when faced with an "endless loop" of worry about physical symptoms and potential lifelong impact, one begins to crave for relief and passing thoughts of suicide emerge out of desperation.
I encourage you to speak with your physician about your actual risk and then address your anxiety with tools that will help you. Psychotherapy can be very effective in these situations as it is often our erroneous thoughts and beliefs about situations that create these feelings. These thought patterns can be changed.
Remember, if your suicidal feelings persist or become acute you need to immediately reach out for help.
Take care, David
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