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Infected during HIV test?
      #73047 - 09/26/03 06:49 PM

I'm living a nightmare. I had unprotected sex with a woman (vag/oral) on 7/1/3. At 10 weeks I got a neg ELISA. That should have been the end. However my GP Doctore daignosed Oral thrush. The next day, panicked, at 11 weeks went in for an anonymous PCR RNA. The lady at the lab was really,really weird and didn't want me to watch her draw my blood. Afterwards I felt very upset. She had disappeared for a long time before dawing my blood and I don't remember seeing her open a clean needle or clean my arm with alcohol. At the time I was nervous and not thinking.
My test came back neg, but now 1 week later the muscles in my arm are aching and I'm afraid this weirdo may have deliberately infected me after all.

I'm a basket case now. What was supposed to put my worries to rest has now made them much worse.

Am I crazy or paranoid? I'm looking for the symptoms of infection and hoping I'm wrong. By why the pain in my arm?

Please comment.....

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Re: Infected during HIV test? new
      #73048 - 09/26/03 07:46 PM

Get a hold of yourself. Thinking you were infected when you got tested is just plain paranoid.

Come on. You don't remember her cleaning your arm or opening a new needle. I'm sure she did. She disappeared for a long time before drawing your blood? So what. Maybe she had to pee and figured it would be better to do it before, than dance around while sticking a needle in your arm. Get over it. You are negative, not only with an ELISA, but with a RNA. You don't have a viral load and you would during initial infection, IF YOU WERE INFECTED.

As far as the Oral Thrush, so..... it shows up for lots of reasons. It doesn't sound like your doctor thought it was a reason to run off and test again. YOU DID.

And...what's muscle aches got to do with HIV anyway. Grow up.

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Re: Infected during HIV test? new
      #73051 - 09/26/03 10:47 PM

Thank you for replying. I realize that at some level this is irrational, my fantasies about what may have happened keep playing over and over and over. If you could see the person I'm referring to you might be scared of her too.

It doesn't help that I have a cousin (who is gay) on his deathbed right now from AIDS. It's only a matter of time...

I'm straight and the woman I slept with (a Philippina) was only the 4th unprotected partner of my life. I let my guard down one time. I'm serially monogamous. She turned out to be a really disturbed liar and I freaked.

I want to put this all behind me, but it's horrifying, I hope it's over soon. I have kids to support.

Thanks for your patience.

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Re: Infected during HIV test? new
      #73329 - 09/30/03 04:28 PM

You are being paranoid. Stop the absolute ridiclous thoughts on deliberate infection. See your DR if you feel you need any mental help.

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