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Questioningone
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Am I infected?
      #233726 - 11/19/07 02:08 PM

Hello, this is my first post at what seems to be an excellent message board. English isnít my native language, so I apologize for any linguistic misunderstandings.

The post is rather long, but I felt I wanted to describe my situation as clearly as possible without leaving out details. I have no one else to ask, and will take a HIV test as soon as possible (thinking of taking one on December the 20th (approx. 8 weeks after encounter) and possible another one further on.

My question is the same as what many have asked before me; am I infected with HIV?
Iím describing my situation chronologically, starting from the end of October;

Up until the end of October Iíd been together with a girl for about two years. I tested negative for HIV last summer. The relationship was a bit on and off and not going to well in the end of October.

Friday 26th of October: So being drunk, and somewhat bitter I hooked up with a girl in a local bar. We genitals touched and I ended up giving her oral sex for a few minutes. Being drunk and tired the sexual encounter ended there. Didnít really want to go through with it either, still had and have some hope of solving the mutual problems I have with the (ex-) girlfriend. Iím saying ex in a parenthesis, as we havenít actually broken up, but have a time-out now in November.

Sunday October 28th Ė Wednesday October 31st: I felt a bit strange, I took it is a feeling of guilt. We hadnít actually decided on anything with the girlfriend, I had taken matters into my own hands. But I had a feeling that something wasnít right physically either, so I suggested a time-out as I didnít want to pass anything on to her by mistake. I didnít tell her about my physical concerns, but she thought a time-out could be a good idea as well.

The days Monday October 29th Ė Thursday November 1st: I wear contact lenses two times. (Bear with meÖ)

Friday November 2nd: I notice some rash on the head of my penis, and some red rash in the form of dots under the foreskin of the penis (Iím European)

Saturday November 3rd: I suspect the rash could be the beginning of a herpes infection, so I decide to get it checked out. The doctor examines the rash, but canít conclude whether itís herpes or not, as there are no blisters. He gives me a five day anti-viral treatment to be sure. As well as the rash I have a burning feeling on the tip of my tongue and a dry mouth.

Saturday November 3rd Ė Sunday November 4th: I get something resembling an eye infection, with red and dry eyes, and thereís discharge from the eyes in the morning. I have some swelling around especially the right eye in the morning. Iím angry with myself for wearing contact lenses while not feeling particularly well, Iíve had problems with infections before.

Monday November 5th: I go to the doctor to get the eyes checked. I get antibiotic drops, the same ones Iíve gotten before when Iíve had eye problems, they worked before and usually cleared up the infection in about four to five days. I ask about the herpes, as the doctor I had asked earlier was in rush, and she tells me I should go meet a skin specialist if I want to get it examined further.

Thursday November 8th: I meet the skin specialist. She examines the rashes on my penis (the rashes arenít that visible anymore). She says it doesnít look like herpes, as no blisters have evolved. She suspects it could be Chlamydia and tells me to test me for that (which I did and it was negative, got the test result today, 19.11). I ask about a HIV test, which she tells me to take later on. I get an antifungal crŤme for my penis, if that would be the problem. Iím still worried about herpes, so I ask her to look at my mouth but she canít see any traces of a herpes infection.

The days Monday November 5th Ė Sunday November 11th: I continue to have dry and red eyes, even though I take the antibiotics. Thereís a discharge from the eyes especially in the mornings, and some swelling around the right eye.

Monday November 12th: I take the Chlamydia test, which I later get a negative result for (I rang them today, November 19th). I ask the nurse and only Chlamydia had been tested for, no other STDs. Nothing has changed with my eyes, still red so I book a time to an eye specialist for the following day.

Tuesday November 13th: I meet the eye specialist. She suspects I can have Chlamydia in the eyes (the antibiotics I had taken thus far wasnít strong enough to kill Chlamydia apparently). She made the Chlamydia suggestion based on the fact I was getting tested for that, but when she inspected the eyes she said it probably wasnít that as she didnít see the symptoms for that. Neither did it look like herpes or fungus. I got stronger antibiotic drops that would take care of Chlamydia, if that was the problem. I took these drops until yesterday, Sunday the November 18th and still have slightly red eyes, with darker rings around the bottom of the eyes.

Thus far this is what Iíve talked to doctors about; the eyes and rash on the genitals. The problems with both are still present; the eyes are still dry and slightly red and swollen in the mornings. After masturbation (remember, time-out!:) I feel unwell, and the rash gets worse. So Iíve dropped that.


I didnít give HIV a thought, as I thought there wasnít any real penetration and only had performed some slight oral sex. But I wonder if I have or can have ARS symptoms, based on the above and list further on in the text.

Headaches, they have come and gone during the last 1.5 weeks. Itís mostly the back of my head that aches.

Burning, tingling and numbness in my feet, hands and sometimes face during daytime. At times I feel a lack of strength in my hands. If I sit with my legs crossed one of them goes numb easily. After I wake up after a nights sleep I can sometimes barely move my arms and hands due to numbness. This goes over after a couple of seconds.

A rashness and dryness of especially the knuckles on my hands. Some rashness in the palms of my hand. Burning sensation and dryness in my face. The face is reddish.

The tip of my tongue burns and I have a dry mouth. Sometimes I feel burning around my lips.

Coated tongue. Iíve had a coated tongue, whitish color as long as I can remember. The tip of the tongue is red though, with visible red taste buds.

Somewhat sore throat. No real problems swallowing, apart from the dry mouth.

Fever around 37 C (~98 F I think). Sometimes lower sometimes a bit higher. At the moment I have 37,25 C. I donít take any painkillers at the moment.

I donít think Iíve measured a fever temperature higher than around 37,6, but up until 5 days ago I took painkillers, as ibuprofen.

The skin on my body is reddish and feel much more sensitive than what Iím used to. If I scratch my skin, the mark is bigger and stays longer than normal. It looks a little like nettle rash symptoms. I normally get these as well, but not this aggressively. I take half a tablet of cetirizin every day to control my allergies (dust for example, worst in the summer normally gives no complications during the autumn and winter).

I havenít vomited, but felt a bit sick at times. I havenít experienced excessive sweating at night time.


Thank you if youíve read this far and hopefully some of you can comment on what Iím experiencing. I haven't and I dont know if I can talk to anyone I know about my concerns and I will take the test as soon as itís possible to see some results.


Questioningone



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Questioningone
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Re: Am I infected? new
      #233762 - 11/20/07 10:10 AM

Continuing

Today I noticed a small mouth sore in the cheek of my mouth that hurts quite a lot

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Re: Am I infected? new
      #233931 - 11/24/07 03:18 PM

Spleen area sticking out, sometimes diarrhea

Thinking of getting a test on December the 10th, roughly 6 weeks after exposure. Aren't antibodies visible in most cases after this timeperiod?

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      #233950 - 11/26/07 09:16 AM

I'm continuing what seems to be my personal diary! I started with a monster post and apologize for that... not a good way to get a conversation started aye.

Anyway I'll be meeting the girl from the sexual encounter later today and talk about my concerns with her. And hopefully she'll be taking the test as soon as tomorrow morning. Guess she'll freak out a bit..

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Re: Am I infected? new
      #233951 - 11/26/07 10:45 AM

Well, the girl said she tested negative now in the autumn, and have only have protected sex after that. Asked about the probability that she have had unprotected sex near being tested.. and she said no chance, but I doubt she's aware of the 13 week probability... couldn't really ask her properly though as she kept on saying no no.

Well, feeing a bit better psychologically now, still got the physical problems left and a test of my own to do. Will do my first one in two weeks, 6 weeks after exposure.

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Re: Am I infected? new
      #233962 - 11/26/07 07:53 PM

If she's telling the truth then it sounds like you're in the clear.Good luck with the test.And be more careful in the future.

Terry

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