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Update over my concerns
      #277842 - 08/27/14 12:26 AM

For those of you who have been reading or following my journey, I have some new developments.

According to those on this forum AND the HIV Hotline in my state, I had practically zero risk from both my "exposures", however the hotline did say Extremely low risk for my most recent encounter. Somehow, the hotline connected me to the same person each time, who got to know my situation and my concerns. It was extremely helpful.

We (the hotliner and I) decided that an Oraquick test would be helpful in calming my anxiety. He told me that the Oraquick at 4 weeks is fairly accurate because 90% of those infected would test positive and my exposure was pretty much zero risk.

I did the Oraquick at 32 days/a few days post 4 weeks post "exposure" and it was negative. I had the hotliner on the phone with me during the test. He told me that objectively, I had no risk and that a negative was expected. He told me that for my own peace of mind, I could retest in the future, but he said it really wasn't necessary.

I asked him about the "symptoms" I had been experiencing the past several weeks and he said that if they were in fact due to HIV, the test would have come back positive. He reassured me that these "symptoms" were not caused by HIV. He, along with doctors and others online, have warned against symptom checking because it makes you hyperaware of everything going on with your body. It is so true.

Since it has only been a day since I tested, my anxiety levels have certainly decreased, but every ache and pain I have does freak me out. I mentioned I am currently in a post-concussion state from an accident, so headaches are almost constant and my memory and concentration is difficult. Also, I am in college so classes literally just started and I have been carrying around a heavy backpack. The aches and pains I have been feeling are primarily on the left side of my body, which also happens to be the side I fell on in my accident. My left shoulder hurts, which I attribute to wearing a heavy backpack on an unhealed, unseen injury.

Add in that the man I met with said he was negative when he tested in early July, my concerns really shouldn't be warranted.

I hope and pray that my negative stays negative. People I have spoken to said they would be shocked if I were positive. I need to get over my anxieties.

Edited by ilmo (08/27/14 01:22 AM)

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