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HIV/HCV coinfection
      #170100 - 01/17/06 08:17 PM

Please, can somebody help me. I am really frightened.
I had receptive anal sex (condom, but no lube so may have damaged condom) and gave oral sex on 7th Oct - i know my anus was was cut as it bled afterwards.
I lost about 10lbs over the 3-4th week after.
At about 6 weeks, the glands in my neck and armpits were swollen.
At the same time i vomited three times and felt extreme fatigue.
The next week, the glands in my groin came up and stayed up for a couple of days with a pain in my spleen.
In work, my colleagues noticed and were concerned i was ill.
At 8 1/2 weeks i got a full STD and HIV screening done - all came back clear.
I then went to my doctor the next week and had blood tests done for mono, thyroids, CBC and liver function.
All came back clear excpet a slight elevation in ALT in the liver test - it was at 67 (range 5 - 50) the doc said this may be down to drinking the day before, but i don't drink.
I then had Hepatitis and HIv tests down at 12weeks 5days - all came back clear.
In the meantime, my doc has referred me to a specialist at the hospital, because of my concerns.
This week i have had extreme pain in my upper right abdomen and the corresponding area on my back, accompanied by discomfort and abdominal bloating. This is probably HCV at least, as it has a longer window period, but couldn't co-infection result in a longer window period for HIV due to the body working overtime to produce antibodies?
I am really concerned and don't know who else to talk to. I am just praying to GOd that it is something else. Please help...

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      #170117 - 01/17/06 10:18 PM

Yes, HCV and HIV co-infecton can delay antibodies. Dr. Bob just posted info on this in the safe sex catagory. The post headline reads is 3 or 6 Las Vegas something like that. Anyway he explains about testing and at the bottom he gets into the HCV and HIV testing info a bit.

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      #170139 - 01/17/06 10:52 PM

The issue of co-infection is complicated. But what you have to bear in mind is that it is extremely rare for HepC to be transmitted sexually. It requires blood to blood contact. Thus simultaneous co-infection is almost always the result of intravenous drug use, not sexual activity.

I have read your detailed description of events on aidsmeds. A condom was used when you had sex and you are only speculating whether it broke or not. Given this fact and the extremely low risk of HepC transmission, I have to say that I think you are playing the 'what if' gain - latching on to the remotest possible scenario to discredit your test results and convince yourself you have HIV. Only you can know why you have this irrational level of fear, but I submit to you that it is irrational. I can't stop you testing again if you want to, but I can be absolutely sure that you do not need to.

Personally, I would suggest you try to find some professional help for your fears.

Good luck.

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      #170151 - 01/18/06 12:40 AM

If you don't believe me, go here:

You will see that the CDC (a very conservative body) does not consider the risk of sexual transmission of Hep C to even fall into the catagories that warrant testing.

If you click on the recommendations for testing factsheet it even says that people who are having sex with a 'steady partner' who has Hep C are at such a low risk that testing is not necessary.

You had a one-time incident with a person who was most likely not infected with Hep C and you used a condom.

Let it go!

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