I believe I contracted HIV 6 months ago and now the pain is unbearable. As you know women symptoms differ from men. Women are more likely to experience fatigue, abdominal pain, rash and headaches as their main early symptoms. This hold to be true in my case in addition to other major symptons. One week after the exposure which by the way done purposely ( he took the condom off when we changed positions and I was too dumb to know the difference). And I think about it everyday. So moving forward...5 days after the exposure I had a stiff neck/shoulder. About 7-10 days later EXTREMELY fatigue although I never took off work. I also had stomach problems gurgling sounds none stop. In fact, I still have that off and on now. 2 months later 3-4 bumps on my arms with appearance of bed bugs. At first, I thought it was from a hotel in Chicago but now I look better it makes sense. Menstrual blood very dark for my period following the sexual encounter. Now six months later tingling in all my lymph nodes!! Diarrhea at least 2-3 times a week. Horrible PMS and Menstrual symptoms that I never had before. Two canker sores just a week ago during my menstrual cycle. BTW I only had a canker sore once when I was like 24 and I'm 42 now. I also get night sweats but is usually around my period.
My question is not about if i could be positive because I already came to terms of this. My question is if im having all these symptoms only after 6 months. What can I expect in the next 6 months? They say people usually go years without symptoms but I have already symptoms of someone who had it for years.
I don't know what to do or where to turn to. I can't eat or sleep and lost so much weight. I don't understand how I can always protect myself and always promoted safe sex and this happened to me. How could someone be so cruel and pretend they cared about me. My parents are 80 and I just want to be able to outlive them before they find out.
Also, Im scared once diagnosed by a doctor its going to follow my medical records and people will surely find out.
Thanks in advance.
Please go get tested! This is the only way to truly know your status. If you have convinced yourself that you have HIV, you may be putting up a barrier to what if not HIV could be going on. You may have another sexually transmitted infection or another illness that needs to be treated.
If this is HIV, everyone responds differently to HIV. Some individuals can live years with no symptoms at all and others have symptoms.
This April I will be marking my 23rd year in living with HIV and it is because I found out and got on treatment. My husband is HIV negative and we have a fabulous relationship/marriage.
Stress is also detrimental to your health no matter what is going on. Getting peace of mind is so important and you deserve to know. Empower yourself, take yourself to your healthcare provider and get evaluated. Ask for a full sexually transmitted infections screening and make sure that HIV is part of that test. Your medical records are private. HIPPA is your friend in this aspect.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon