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should i worry?
Jun 20, 2012

I had unprotected sex with someone a few months ago and maybe like a week or two I started feeling horrible. My throat started closing ad I was having regular headaches. I got that checked out and the doctor said I had a post nasal drip. so since then I have been worrying myself like crazy while still trying to convince myself I don't have HIV. I have really bad nerves and anxiety and thought that was the cause of it. Since then I have started showing symptoms of frequent sore throat, dry skin/ scalp, tension headaches, I'm hot most of them time but my temp is always under 98.6 (I'm younger than 30), sinus issues, muscle pain, I'm tired more than usual, abdominal pain, and have gained a lot more weight. I was also treated for chlamydia, but didn't check back because of recent relocation.

Response from Mr. Glenn

Thanks for your question,

Having unprotected vaginal or anal sex does pose a significant risk for HIV (unprotected oral sex poses a much lower risk). This means it's important for you to be tested at 3 months to make sure you know your current status.

As for symptoms, it's a natural reaction to risk to think "if i'm sick, there'll be something that'll tell me." Unfortunately with HIV, the symptoms that could occur, are also the same symptoms that could happen for dozens of other conditions. The test is the ONLY way to know.

You're fortunate right now that you've waited enough time to get an accurate test result. Your challenge right now is to manage your nerves and anxiety in the meantime if you're not ready to take it. Talking with a trusted friend or counselor can help you manage you feelings and help you get to the point where you can get tested.

Hope this helps!

Erik



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