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HIV2Scared
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Should I be worried about HIV-2 (high risk exposure, symptoms)
      #274665 - 01/05/14 07:54 PM

Hello everyone!

I am a 20-year-old female who just returned from studying abroad in Cuba. I had unprotected vaginal sex one time with a bisexual man and gave him oral sex. He came in my mouth but did not come inside me during vaginal sex.

6 days later, I got very fatigued and dizzy. No fever or sore throat. Thought I had Dengue. Had a rash but wasn't raised on my feet, which lasted about half a day and itched terribly (thought I had bed bugs).

Since I've been home, I've been tested 3 times:
At 7 weeks I had a negative HIV 1/2 EIA AB SCREEN
At 8.5 weeks I had a negative rapid test (HIV 1/2)
At 8 weeks I had a negative PCR-RNA HIV 1.

My doctor said that if I had HIV1 my RNA would be detectable by 8 weeks, so I felt relieved.

HOWEVER, I have had oral thrush now for about three weeks, constant cold sores, and swollen lymph nodes all over my groin and neck. I want to believe I don't have HIV, but these symptoms are making it difficult.

Since my tests imply that I don't have HIV-1, I am worried more about HIV-2. Many cases have been recorded in Cuba. Does HIV-2 develop more slowly? Is 3 months also conclusive for HIV-2? What are the risk factors/symptoms like? Should I be worried about HIV-2?

Thanks so much for your input!

Jessie

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crabmanModerator
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Re: Should I be worried about HIV-2 (high risk exposure, symptoms) new
      #274666 - 01/05/14 08:38 PM

"Since my tests imply that I don't have HIV-1, I am worried more about HIV-2."

But they do imply you don't have HIV-2. While HIV 2 does tend to have a lower measurement of Viral Load and take a bit longer to develop. That in no way changes the fact you will develop antibodies in the same time frame. Most people would have tested positive by 6 weeks. Your 8.5 week negative is extremely unlikely to change by the time you take a conclusive test.

As far as symptoms. Discussing them is not worth anyone's time. They are non-specific to HIV.

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Re: Should I be worried about HIV-2 (high risk exposure, symptoms) new
      #274672 - 01/06/14 08:27 AM

May I suggest that you see your doctor and get tested for STD's . And one can be more specific and ask about the possibility of Herpes. Please be more careful in the future.

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regularguy86
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Re: Should I be worried about HIV-2 (high risk exposure, symptoms) new
      #274889 - 01/21/14 05:31 PM

I would still get tested at the 6th month mark. In very rare cases it takes the virus that long to show up on test. I know it sucks and the wait is murder. im doing it too

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      #274902 - 01/21/14 07:13 PM

A 3 month test is considered conclusive. Regularguy86 has been banned because he can't accept the fact that his 3 month+ test after protected sex is more than conclusive. It seems that he's been looking for company by posting misinformation designed to scare people.

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