|HIV-2 from unprotected intercourse in Mozambique?
Nov 21, 2002
5 months 1 week ago I had unprotected vaginal intercourse with a possible infected woman of a high risk group in Mozambique. The first week in country I had a mild cold for a couple of days. Acclimation. The encounter occured after 2 weeks in country. Several days later I had mild flu like symptoms for about 3 days, nothing more but anxiety. A hiv test after 3 months in country showed negetive (results from a blood sample took 1 hour) and the Dr. said there was no further need for tests. Another test in South Africa at 4 months showed negetive (results from finger prick and drop on a strip took 15 minutes), again the counsoular said there was no need to retest. At 4 months 3 weeks my lymph glands under both arms swole up and have been for about a month now. At times I feel like I have a very slight cold., also slightly off. The stress of the first 3 months really took a toll. A nurse friend told me the steroids produced from the stress probably caused the arthritic symptoms in both ring fingers. What risk am I at for hiv-2? How do I get a test for it? Will be talking with a doctor, but it is an impediment when you don't speak the language, and may have to try to arrange a hiv-2 test in SA in a month. This an endemic area for hiv-2, from what I have described can you comment? Is there a chance of late seroconversion from hiv-1? Also I stopped taking malaria prophalaxis 8 months ago and am bitten by insects regularly. (the reason was concern of long term effects of Larium) Thank you.
| Response from Mr. Kull
Mozambique has higher than 1% HIV-2 prevalence rate, which is significantly higher than HIV-2 prevalence rates in other parts of the world. Therefore, testing for HIV-2 antibodies is indicated in your case.
Do you know if the tests that were conducted tested for HIV-2 antibodies as well? You might save yourself some concern by finding out (some providers neglect to mention when screening tests cover both HIV-1 and 2). HIV-1 antibody tests detect HIV-2 anitbodies about 70% of the time, so the odds that you are not infected are in your favor. However, make sure that you are screened for HIV-2 to be on the safe side.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.