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Scary symptoms
      #948 - 03/31/00 03:10 AM

Firstly, I tested negative one year ago when I increased my life
insurance policy. Now my story. One drunken evening, I had the
unfortunate experience of making love to a prostitute that some
people had brought to a bachelor party. I used a condom and being
drunk I lasted about 30 seconds in her. I removed the condom and
it looked fine with no breaks and no leakage. The next morning it
hit me what sadistic crime I just committed against my wife and
my three young kids. It is something that is not in my nature but
I guess I never go out and the first chance I had I got drunk and
pretty much had no control. It was extremely difficult to live
with the guilt and I decided to be extra nice to wife and kids,
and I also prayed I wouldnt get AIDS from this short encounter.
ABout three days after I began feeling really funny and weak and
at one week I broke out into a sweat, with no fever, felt
extremely weak, lost 7 pounds with no appetite, and felt a little
dizzy with the chills. Most of these symptoms lasted about 10
days, but the chills, the weakness, dizziness continued for
another three weeks. By the fifth weeks, I still felt weak, with
chills, and dizzy. Oh yeah, I also noticed after the first week,
a rather uniform white coating on my tongue with it being a
little thicker at the back, which is still there. At the sixth
week, I began having these diffuse chest pains especially around
the middle of my chest. I thought I was having some form of
pneumonia. That week broke out into a cold, congested, and
coughed up green-yellow sputum, which my doctor diagnosed as a
bacterial bronchitis, which I am now taking meds for. My doctor
said that it was not thrush in my tongue because it doesnt have
the characteristics of thrush, plus it is two early for PCP and
other opportunistic infections. He also says its hard to rule out
HIV and that I should wait and be tested at three month. Based on
what I know these symptoms are too long lasting and severe to be
part of the acute retroviral stage. My question to everybody is
"Is it possible to have severe HIV related symptoms one week
following a possible exposure? Does this seem like HIV? Please
help and reassure my either way.

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