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words2006
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      #272509 - 06/13/13 09:16 AM

Hi all,

I am hoping to gain a little insight into next steps. In 2006, while I was 17 and still in high school, I contracted oral gonnorrhea from my boyfriend that was away at college. At the time, I wasn't having vaginal intercourse, but apparently he was...with other people. I was also tested for HIV at that time and the results came back negative (although I wasn't clear of the 3 month mark). That summer in 2006, I started to get chronic yeast infections. My OBGYN was concerned and sent me to an infectious disease specialist. Unfortunately, I couldn't get an appointment until October of 2006. Being so young, I was a little bit clueless about asking the right questions or giving the right information. He concluded I must have Vulvodynia and sent me to another specialist. I went off to college and got a boyfriend (My first and only sexual partner for vaginal intercourse). Soon after we began dated, I was diagnosed with HPV and had to undergo surgery for it. We've been together for almost 6 years. We used protection at first, but eventually stopped.

I'm now almost 25 years old and had never really considered that I'd be at risk for HIV. But to be safe, I got an Oraquick test and the results say negative.

My question is: Do I need to have a blood test to confirm this negative result? Since the event that would put me at risk happened 7 years ago, would antibodies still be present?

As far as symptoms go, I can't say that I ever noticed anything out of the normal. I get really sick, have bad night sweats and moodiness right before my period each month which my doctor believed to be result of PMDD.

Recently, I went to my new obgyn because my periods are only lasting about a day and very light. She ran a CBC and auto diff (looking for anemia) and found nothing. She never even suggested that I be tested for HIV. Being a white female from an affluent area, I feel as though she is profiling me as low risk.. when I know the reality is that anyone can be infected.

Any help would be appreciated.

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      #272510 - 06/13/13 10:36 AM

Once you have antibodies you will almost always have them. I say almost, because there are a few rare occasions where they just disappear. Fortunately in the case of HIV antibodies you would pretty much need to be asking death for directions to not show them. You are no where near that point.

Your rapid test was accurate. You are in deed HIV negative. Gonorrhea can cause lasting effects in both men and women long after its been treated. It may be the cause of some of your issues. Yet rest assured you are HIV negative.

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      #272517 - 06/13/13 06:32 PM

Like Kicker said your in no danger of having Hiv . But I am glad that thy caught the HVP virus. If left un attended it can make you sterile which happened to my niece during her college years. Just out of curiosity has your present boyfriend ever been tested? If not it would be a good thing so that you both can rest assured , especially if he had previous partners . And to be sure that he did not contract any STD.

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      #272564 - 06/16/13 10:46 PM

Thank you for your reply, RiverPrincess. It is much appreciated.

My boyfriend took Oraquick with me and was also negative. He knew I was anxious so he went first.

I am happy that they caught the HPV.

I am very sorry to hear about your niece. Wishing you both health and happiness.

Do you think it would be prudent to have a blood test done as well?


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      #272565 - 06/16/13 10:50 PM

Thank you very much for your response - I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. It is giving me peace of mind for the time being.

Two follow up questions:
A) Do you think it would be prudent to have a follow up blood test to confirm?
B) What long lasting effects can oral Gonorrhea have?

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      #272567 - 06/16/13 11:07 PM

No extra tests needed for HIV.

It can cause reproductive damage. From the CDC.

"In women, gonorrhea can spread into the uterus (womb) or fallopian tubes (egg canals) and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). The symptoms may be mild or can be very severe and can include abdominal pain and fever. PID can lead to internal abscesses (pus-filled pockets that are hard to cure) and chronic (long-lasting) pelvic pain. PID can damage the fallopian tubes enough that a woman will be unable to have children. It also can increase her risk of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube."



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