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Re: Nurse Confirmed - symptom list
      #25565 - 12/14/01 10:02 PM

You obviously havn't seen my symptom list...let me refresh:

Exposure - Unprotected oral insertive fellatio, protected vaginal intercours with a poz (confirmed), genitals were shaved 6 hours prior including the base of shaft of penis which had contact with vaginal fluid.

Symptoms - started with painful testicles 2.5 weeks after then at 3 weeks:
Flu type illness for 1 week (fever,muscle pain,dizziness etc)
Weight loss (20 lbs)
No appetite - 9 weeks & counting
Depression & anxiety- all the time
Tingling then Rash on tip of penis, painfull in one spot for 3 days (ulcer) - rash lasted 4%2

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Re: Nurse Confirmed - symptom list new
      #25567 - 12/14/01 11:15 PM

I see Dr. Bob answered you.

To answer your question, "Have I seen symptoms like yours in folks who test negative?" - absolutely! Many of your symptoms are quite classic for depression/anxiety - decreased appetite, tingling sensations, headache, stomach problems, fatigue, hands falling asleep, etc. Some of your other symptoms are completely unrelated to HIV - blue toenails, slow-healing cuts, etc. You may well have had a mild viral infection several weeks after this exposure, but I strongly doubt it was caused by HIV. So it's certainly not "all but official." I'm glad you are getting tested next week. I strongly believe you'll have lots to celebrate by Christmas (a negative HIV test).

It's important to remember HIV is not all that easy to contract and your particular risk behavior is considered relatively low, even with "shaved genitals and penis shaft!" -- by the way, are you sure you're not gay? (Just kidding).

Doesn't sound like he thinks you have too much to worry about. Now are you going to listen to an expert or a nurse that probably has no ID experience.

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Re: Nurse Confirmed - symptom list new
      #25568 - 12/14/01 11:21 PM

How was her status confirmed. I too had cray testicular pain which was just bacterial infection not even Sexually related. Tested neg at 3.75 monthes. And doest ars only last about 2 weeks? Dont worry too much. May be you should look into getting tested with specialized testing or a similar copany withg next day results so you can move on quicker.

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Re: Nurse Confirmed - symptom list new
      #25597 - 12/15/01 06:22 PM

You obviously don't recall my symptom list. Here it goes:
-Night sweats
-Shortness of breath
-Numbness in hands and feet
-swollen nodes
All of this together with urethritis caused by an std called mycoplasma. However I've got 2 neg tests (9 weeks, 5 months). If I don't have it, you don't have it either.

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