TERRIFIED Down Under
Jul 3, 2006
Hi Doc, Have read many of your threads and much of your advice has calmed me down somewhat but not completely.I stupidly had unprotected oral with a sex worker 10 weeks ago and since then have experienced a raft of symptoms. 4 days after the event I developed sore throat and infected tonsils. Tested +ve for strep c and doctor sent me away with some penicillin. This did the trick after 10 days but it then returned. Another 10 days of penicillin and it was gone. Then developed strange numbness / buzzing in my fingers of left hand which is still present and is now in both hands. have also developed strange itching on chest which feels like an itchy rash but does not actually develop into a rash. eyesight has also noticeably diminished over this period. I received -ve hiv result after 60 days but am still beside myself with fear over this. I have spoken to my wife and am also concerned that I may have infected her early on when I never even considered this a possibility. I know the odds from oral sex ( male to female ) are low but I cannot rid myself of these symptoms. Is it possible to get a strep infection and hiv at same time?? and if so does a strep infection increase the odds ?? Do anti biotics have any effect on development of hiv antibodies ? Do symptoms mean antibodies are present or do these develop later. I know I need to wait for another month but how confident should I be with the 60 day result. Thanks and a donation to follow from Aus....
Response from Dr. Frascino
What are you being such a nervous Nellie about??? If you've read the archives, you should be cool, calm and reassured, not going round the bend as if you had a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock! Your HIV risk is negligible to nonexistent!
To specifically address your questions:
1. Can you get strep and HIV at the same time? Well, I suppose that's possible, but certainly not all that likely.
2. Does a strep infection contracted at the same time increase HIV odds? No.
3. No, antibiotics do not affect anti-HIV antibody production.
4. Symptoms don't mean anything! They are notoriously unreliable in predicting HIV infection.
5. A negative HIV-antibody test at day 60 is extremely encouraging. A negative test at the three-month mark will be definitive.
Now stop worrying. At the moment, you're at more risk of being done in by a funnel web spider than HIV.
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