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      #94643 - 04/08/04 01:42 AM


About 6 months ago I had protected vaginal sex with a married man.....but unprotected oral (stupid!) sex. The man said he was tested for HIV as part of his invitro fertilization procedure for his wife. (Obviously I knew nothing of this at the time of the encounter). I had an HIV test years ago (negative), and have had sex only with my husband and this jerk one time only since that test. (Big mistake).

Is my shingles an indication that I have HIV? Why would my immune system fail me otherwise?

Would I go from HIV positive to immune deficient this quickly?

I had my test today.

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      #94679 - 04/08/04 12:14 PM

No, your shingles are not indicative of HIV whatsoever. It's not that uncommon for adults to get shingles. It's like an adult form of chicken pox. I know you are stressed, but those results will be in very soon and you will then be able to relax.

Your friend is telling the truth in that as part of an infertility workup on the man, doctors will test for HIV and Hep B & C for the handling of his specimens. But whether or not he was in a window period or put himself at risk afterwards is not known. I still wouldn't worry too much though. You are at a really extremely low risk here, I still think you will be just fine.

Let me know when you get your results.

Life is meant for living, not fearing.

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      #94695 - 04/08/04 03:48 PM

Thank you so much Switch. Eloquent, informative and very kind.

Appreciated, and I will confirm my results.

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