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IntrospectiveOne
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Had Sex with TG Woman 5 Weeks Back - Have Symptoms - Now Terrified
      #276947 - 07/01/14 09:12 PM

Hello,

This in my first post on this forum. I had sex (anal insertive) without a condom (I know, poor decision) with a TG woman five weeks back (on two consecutive evenings). I met her on CL, and she invited me over within a few emails. (Note: she isn't a prostitute.) I almost never engage in such high-risk behaviors.

Two weeks ago I started experiencing many of the hallmark symptoms of HIV ARS: fever, slight rash on wrists, slight pain above the temples, malaise, loss of appetite/weight, cough, sore throat. The symptoms are only now subsiding.

My physician did many blood tests one week ago (i.e., one month post exposure) (strep, malaria, Dengue Fever, etc) and everything was negative. The HIV test done then was also negative, but my big fear is that it was negative because a sufficient number of antibodies hadn't yet been produced. I feel like everything else likely besides HIV has been ruled out.

Now I can't sleep and am saddled with major anxiety.

Could this be anything else besides HIV? I had the flu vaccine this past winter.

Thanks...

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PhoenixLG
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Re: Had Sex with TG Woman 5 Weeks Back - Have Symptoms - Now Terrified new
      #276960 - 07/02/14 11:14 AM

Hello and welcome to the forum. First off, remember that HIV can be acquired from anyone. The fact that you noted that 'she's not a prostitute' does not reduce or change the risk you took. You could catch HIV just as easily from the girl next door as you could from the most seasoned escort out there. With that said, the fact that you hooked up with someone trolling for sex on CL who is willing to have unprotected sex with someone she just met off the site would definitely put me on high alert -- before carrying through with it -- but hey, what's done is done. I had a similar experience to yours not too long ago (it's in this forum, feel free to read all about it). Now, you had a test done 1 month after exposure -- not sure why they would test you for dengue / malaria -- and your HIV came back negative, which is a good sign, but you should test again at the 6 week mark, then again at the 12 week (3 month) mark. If your doctor hasn't ordered a full STD/STI panel test (to detect infections like Hepatitis, Chlamydia, Syphilis, etc.) then you should strongly consider getting one done.
Lastly, stress, panic, worry and anxiety can and will easily bring about the symptoms you're experiencing. ARS will only last from a few days to less than two weeks -- much like getting the flu -- and those symptoms could be due to any type of viral infection and not necessarily HIV. I would also recommend abstaining from sexual activity until you get the next test and PLEASE use a condom next time you have sex with a stranger, for your sake and his/hers too. Good luck!

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IntrospectiveOne
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Re: Had Sex with TG Woman 5 Weeks Back - Have Symptoms - Now Terrified new
      #276961 - 07/02/14 03:52 PM

Dear Phoenix,

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. My doc did order a full STD panel (HIV, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea) at 4-weeks post-exposure and all came back negative.

I won't be having sex with anyone until the 3-month results are in - and I can't imagine myself ever again having sex with a stranger without using a condom.

I'll probably get an HIV test done (either at home or at a clinic) every two weeks from week 6 post-exposure (which is one week from now) until 3 months post-exposure, unless I learn I'm positive at some point...

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plokoon81
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      #277091 - 07/11/14 12:04 PM

hey body any news on your test results?


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IntrospectiveOne
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      #277101 - 07/12/14 12:16 AM

Thanks for asking. I just did a 7-week post-exposure Oraquick test. I was SO anxious flipping back the strip after 20 minutes - and, amazingly, it was negative. So now I've had:

4 weeks: negative Oraquick, neg blood test for p24 and antigens
7 weeks: negative Oraquick

I know I'm not out of the woods yet, but I did manage to partially exhale this evening...

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