I have done 5 HIV tests and all came back negative, should I move on? Or am I still under the risk of having...
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I have done 5 HIV tests and all came back negative, should I move on? Or am I still under the risk of having HIV? Because as far as I read people say 3 months but is 3 months 12 weeks or around 13 weeks? And how much can I rely on my 11th week results? Please anyone who has experience help me !View Thread
I've been dealing with the fear of HIV for over a year now do a series of weird events. While I've tested negative through OraQuick multiple times, I feel like I keep developing symptoms. When I finally managed to move on with my life and put it behind me, I developed oily hair and dandruff (possible seborrhec demeratits) and a combo vaginal infection (waiting on test results) and yeast infection thats proven stubborn to treat (possibly because i haven't started the treatment for the other infection maybe?) I have had heavy antibiotic use in the past months which i feel contributed to the yeast infection, and my doctor said my general lifestyle/antibiotics could have lead to the other infection. I also have hypothydroism which i feel could be out of balance therefore causing some of my other symptoms.
Every weird thing that happens to me though brings up my fear (including a red spot on my tongue that i honestly think is just a burn or something). My last negative test was taken 5 months after my last unprotected sexual encounter, with a man I have no reason to suspect has HIV and am friends with.
I'm just struggling with letting this go. I try not to think about it, talk myself through it rationally-but I just can't move on. When I think I do something happens to bring it all back. I don't want to take another test, I'm sick of spending $40 to have my anxiety spike and then rethink the possibilities of false negatives therefore leading to this continuous cycle of freaking out.
I'm sorry for ranting here, but I was just wondering if anyone could just give me some tips to help me move on with my life. I'm tired of living with this anxiety and treating myself like I'm sick.View Thread
1.I heard that the window period for HIV Elisa antibody test is somewhere between a month to 12 weeks but...
Posted by An_263543
1.I heard that the window period for HIV Elisa antibody test is somewhere between a month to 12 weeks but from what I read it's highly usual for an 8th week negative result to show positive later am i right?
2.And is this window period made for both Elisa blood test and rapid saliva test?
Because the window period was kept as a population as whole so I though maybe the window period is really long (3 months) it's because that sometimes saliva won't show the antibodies? But maybe the blood test (3rd generation elisa) will take lesser time to have result (excluding super rare cases)
Are these two the same? Please help me to learn about them because I concerned
A question to Gali, after 10 weeks of risky homosexual sex with a partner who claims he is positive (can't...
Posted by An_263543
A question to Gali, after 10 weeks of risky homosexual sex with a partner who claims he is positive (can't trust) I tested at 10th week and got a negative result.
should I do more tests on 12th week? Or it won't matter? Please help me
One more question Gali, please don't feel offended but can I asked you based on what exactly you help people? Like is it based on what you study or experience or what please let us know some of these stuff( I don't mean anything personal)
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Hello everyone I want to ask a question to any expert and especially Gali, have you ever from your own...
Posted by An_263543
Hello everyone I want to ask a question to any expert and especially Gali, have you ever from your own experience, don't mind statistics seen a negative result at 7 or 8 or 9 or even 10th week result get positive at 12th week from your personal experience please answer meView Thread
On june 11th, I made what I consider to be the worst decision of my life. I am currently in a loving...
Posted by An_263572
On june 11th, I made what I consider to be the worst decision of my life. I am currently in a loving relationship with the perfect girl however we see eachother maybe once a week. I went to Chicago on business and the night I came back to Brookyln I decided to meet up with a csw I met on craigslist. It seemed like a regular girl but when we met up she said she accepts donations for her time. She seemed normal but I noticed a rash on her face, could not tell what it was from. After money was exchanged, she stroked my penis with her hand to get it hard and then opened a new what looked like a trojan orange wrapper and rolled it down my shaft. She began oral with the condom on and soon after I ejaculated into the condom, noticing that nothing dripped out and the condom was still in tact. I inserted my penis with the condom into her vagina from behind for about 10 seconds and then I freaked out, pulled out with the condom still on and left. Leaving so quickly I didnt bother to take the condom off until I got home and saw that ejaculate was still inside the condom. I did notice some wet stains on my boxers which I believe to be lubricant from the condom but I cant be sure. I am planning on asking my GF to marry me and this is why I am so worried. A week after my exposure I went to the closest clinic and had a full panel std test including HIV and the DR also examined my penis and scrotum and everything checked out fine on that end. Still waiting for my test results and am worried sick everyday that I might have caught HIV. The only symptoms I seem to be having is shaky legs and a little numbness in both arms. However I cant tell if its from not eating as much because all of my anxiety or that I have stopped going to the gym for about a month after going almost everyday for 3 months. The anxiety and anticipation of maybe a positive test is really interfering with my daily activities. Sorry for the long question but I really want a full risk analysis of my one stupid night. Thanks in advance!View Thread
So I tested negative at 7 weeks with oraquick oral fluid (mouth swab) I haven't really felt any symptoms except that the back of my mouth was a little red and I kind of had a cold coming on but it was very light would my test have picked it up I even tested negative at 6 weeks with same test.
My exposer was insertive oral if that makes a differenceView Thread
A few weeks ago (around a month ago) I had a sexual encounter with an acquaintance (a guy, I'm a gay male, 23 years old). We had protected anal sex (I was the top) and unprotected oral sex, including oral-anal sex (I performed rimming on him for a prolonged period of time before and after the penetrative anal sex). About two days after this, I started having terrible headaches that would go away if I took pain medicine but came right back, swollen lymph nodes in my neck, and a sore throat. It was so awful that I was barely functional. This went on for around 3-4 days and then more or less went away.
A few days after that I began having explosive diarrhea and have had it almost every day since. Some days it's not so bad; other days I'll not have eaten much of anything but I'll find myself doing sprints to the toilet 3-4 times. My appetite is normal and I haven't lost weight; I haven't really experienced any significant fatigue. I have had slight headaches over the past few weeks but not anything severe; my lymph nodes have been their normal size. Other than that, I have a rash on my back but it showed up months before this encounter and I suspect (well, I hope) that it is a simple case of psoriasis/eczema/folliculitis.
I know that ARS symptoms typically show up 2-4 weeks after the possible exposure, but the fact that my symptoms so closely match up with the ones I've read about online concerns me (I know, it's stupid to waste time looking up symptoms online, but it's hard not to when you suspect you may have a life-threatening disease). Another thing that concerns me is that this encounter happened in a former communist country with a fairly high rate of HIV infection. The guy I met up with is a doctor but obviously that doesn't have to mean anything.
I am very scared and concerned. I try to keep from it but since I have so much free time during the summer I've been spending hours reading about HIV symptoms, reading the stories of people with HIV, reading about medicine, etc. I have suffered from depression for years and I have been having intrusive suicidal thoughts over this. I do plan to get tested, of course, but I'm waiting until at least the two-and-a-half month mark or maybe a little bit after.
Please let me know what my HIV risk could be from this encounter and what kind of condition I might otherwise have, because obviously something is amiss with my body right now.View Thread
I took an oraquick home test the oral fluid one at 6.2 weeks and I was an insertive partner in it I didn't see any blood or taste any when I kissed her i also fingered her is my test mean anything yet and what's my riskView Thread
hello[br>[br>I had anal sex with a condom for about 2 minutes with a female sex worker . After 2...
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hello[br>[br>I had anal sex with a condom for about 2 minutes with a female sex worker . After 2 minutes I realized that the condom was broken and the tip of my penis was exposed. I cant say how long I was exposed but the total time of the encounter was about 2 min. I know the girl for a long time and she assured me that she was free of hiv and std's and that I dont have anything to worry about. Nevertheless we agreed to take the test for hiv for the peace of mind . So after 3 days for both of us the results for hiv came negative and I can say that this gave some peace of mind since I was really scared.[br>[br>I know that the window period it might be up to 3 months so I asked her if she had any similar dangerous situations like ours and she reassured me that nothing happened to her and I should not worry.[br>[br>a)From what I read the chances for the insensitive partner might be 1 to 500 or 1 to 1666 .
b) Infection of hiv from a short exposure and short is also very difficult
c) Some people in forums say that they have never met someone who was infected from broken condom
d) Since the result came back negative for hiv the only danger is to be infected the last 2 o r 3 months and pass the virus to me.
What are the odds to be infected ? should I test again in 3 months ?
I'm a male I had sex with a stranger, he's a guy I talked to online he is Chinese guy came back from malisya...
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I'm a male I had sex with a stranger, he's a guy I talked to online he is Chinese guy came back from malisya and he's doing his own business I though he's cool and after that we met and had sex, he had condom with him and his lubricant and insisted to do anal penetration it happened I assisted him to put the condom(ejaculation was outside the condom). After that we didn't talk again, after around 2 weeks I got sligh fever and went to the hospital I had sever bilateral tonsillitis and a viral infection which blood count showed that, but my tonsils got really bad infection they took time but resolved with antibiotics(I had to take many rounds of different antibiotics) but they responded to antibiotics , then I though it might be HIV I had one test at 5th week and another at 6th week and another between 8th to 9th (more likely it's 9th)week they all came back negative, do you think I should be worried? I am so scared that I will be positive later!! I have sever anxiety I even though that maybe he wanted to infect me I asked me post sex he told me he tests his self regularly After 3 months and sent me a picture of a negative home test and he told me his work required a test he done lately , later on I though maybe he has kept some HIV infection into the lubricant which he used!! Or maybe he got an expired condom or the lubricant had HIV in some way I know this sounds stupid BUT PLEASE HELP ME I AM SO SCARED AND WORRIED guy please anyone help meView Thread
I'm a male
I had sex with a stranger, he's a guy I talked to online he is Chinese guy came back from malisya and he's doing his own business I though he's cool and after that we met and had sex, he had condom with him and his lubricant and insisted to do anal penetration it happened I assisted him to put the condom(ejaculation was outside the condom).
After that we didn't talk again, after around 2 weeks I got sligh fever and went to the hospital I had sever bilateral tonsillitis and a viral infection which blood count showed that, but my tonsils got really bad infection they took time but resolved with antibiotics(I had to take many rounds of different antibiotics) but they responded to antibiotics , then I though it might be HIV I had one test at 5th week and another at 6th week and another between 8th to 9th (more likely it's 9th)week they all came back negative, do you think I should be worried? I am so scared that I will be positive later!!
I have sever anxiety I even though that maybe he wanted to infect me I asked me post sex he told me he tests his self regularly After 3 months and sent me a picture of a negative home test and he told me his work required a test he done lately , later on I though maybe he has kept some HIV infection into the lubricant which he used!! Or maybe he got an expired condom or the lubricant had HIV in some way I know this sounds stupid BUT PLEASE HELP ME I AM SO SCARED AND WORRIED guy please anyone help meView Thread
Hi, can you tell me what the chances are of someone coming into contact with HIV and developing symptoms 3...
Posted by An_263149
Hi, can you tell me what the chances are of someone coming into contact with HIV and developing symptoms 3 days later? Is this too soon? I am asking because I suspect that I have it and had protected vaginal sex with this guy but unprotected oral sex being the receiving partner. He came down with a fever and sweats 3 days after. If I have a high viral load and he gave me oral sex, can he now have it? Are the risks still low? I have had concern about having hiv now for 4 weeks. I got tested but it was only a week 1/2 after my last exposure ( I was with the guy I would have gotten it from 3 times, developing symptoms 2 weeks after first exposure).
The reason I am so scared is because I developed these symptoms 2 weeks after our first exposure. It started of with a mild sore throat, proceeded to my chest and had sinus stuffiness with it. I also developed a canker sore and a swollen bump in my armpit. I also got an ear infection. I didn't notice a fever but had a low grade when I went for the ear infection. I also noticed a white film on my tongue.
I still have a sore throat on one side and the lump in my armpit is still there, although much smaller. The tongue has also remained the same. I can't figure out why my throat is still sore. I am so paranoid about hiv and am concerned that I now gave it to someone else!! How long do acute hiv symptoms usually last? Can they last longer than a month? I plan to take an oraquick test at the 12 week mark (8 weeks to go, it seems like forever) My Dr. gave me an order for another hiv test in 6 months, but I cannot wait that long to find out! That's why I'm going to test with oraquick at 12 weeks. Please help! I need some peace of mind and advice because I am so scared!View Thread
From what I have learned and herd about insertive oral is only a low risk of there was blood and that there would be a ton of blood pouring from their mouth is this true?
Also I took a Oraquick advanced oral swab at 6 weeks which was negative and I'm going to take one 7th week I've had no symptoms what so ever other than a slight sore through if that at 6th week do these test have any weight and meaning I know conclusive at 3 months but does a 6 week mean anythingView Thread
I justas tested 10 months after a risk event with a street walker where a condom broke. I just assume she was positive but I don't know for sure. I have had all kinds of strange infections and short after the event I got a rash and sore throat for almost 2 weeks so I have been concerned ever since this act.
I did test with the OTC Oraquick oral swab test at 8, 11, 20, 48 weeks and all were negative. But I have read that some people just don't produce oral antibodies that are detected by the test. I was just about to move on and I read were recently a guy test negative at 12 weeks with the oral test and then the next week tested positive with blood. At first I thought it was a fake but it appears to be real.
Should I have further concerns and test more or is the test really accurate. Does the accuracy increase as more time gets between the risk event and the test time?View Thread
Day 1- Possible HIV infection [br>Day 4 - Mild headache that hurts more when i bend down or move my head fast & get Sleepy easily (enough sleep acquired) [br>Day 8 - Sleeplessness symptom is gone , headache still persist [br>Day 10- 1 Small lymph node spotted below the end of my jaw (right side) [br>Day 15- 1 Small lymph node spotted below the end of my jaw (left side) & 1 more behind neck [br>Day 20- Mild headache persist & Small lymph node persist [br>Day 30- 1 Small lymph node spotted below the end of my jaw (left side) & 1 more behind neck starting to become smaller [br>Day 36- went for HIV rapid test by using Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo (NEGATIVE) [br>Day 37 - very Mild inconsistent joint pain on both knees , lymph node on left and back is almost gone. [br>Day 42 (TODAY)- very Mild inconsistent joint pain on both knees still persist, ankle have some pain as well but very mild and inconsistent. Headache also persist but very mild and inconsistent. lymph node on right slightly smaller but persist. [br>[br>Am i having hiv seroconversion ? Is my Day 36 test reliable ?[br>[br>Note: lymph nodes are small and tender, headaches are usually on the front part. [br>[br>Additional info: Day 39= Mild lower back pain that persist until today (inconsistent pain)
This morning as I have for 14 weeks I've woken up in a panic that I contracted HIV. After nearly 20 years of being 100 percent faithful to my husband I messed up and had protected intercourse and gave brief unprotected oral sex to a man I've known for a few years. There was no ejaculation with any of these. He tested negative for all stds during some health screens a few weeks ago but I'm still obsessed with the idea that he was in his window period and I got HIV. I tested negative at 41 days with 4th gen test at a clinic that automatically runs a pooled NAAT test too. Which was also negative. I did a full std panel; all negative. At exactly 12 weeks and then again at 90 days and once more at 94 days I retested with rapid blood tests at STD clinics. I need help accepting these negative results. My work and family life are hanging in the balance as I become more consumed by this fear. I'm seeking counseling but would love a word of encouragement here. I'm convinced I'm one of those rare cases that show up pos at a later time. Thanks so much.View Thread
I had protected (as far as I remember) anal sex 3 -1/2 years ago with 2 different men ( I was top). I had 2 Oraquick swab tests done at 2-1/2 years Post and almost 3 years post THEN just had another one last month. - All 3 neg. NOW my wife got the flu 8 weeks after we had unprotected sex and I freaked out but she tested pos with the flu. NOW 6 months later she has a little swollen lymph node gland inside her groin and I'm just sure that it's from me giving her HIV. HOW can I bring myself to believe that this is not from me?! My doctor told me one Oraquick was enough but when she has these 'symptoms' I just can't quit thinking it was me and I ruined her life.View Thread
Hello everyone. Almost six months ago I found out that my boyfriend of 3 years was cheating via std testing....
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Hello everyone. Almost six months ago I found out that my boyfriend of 3 years was cheating via std testing. I tested positive for trich and chlamydia which I was treated for.All other test were negative. A week before getting tested we had unprotected sex which i can not remember if he had ejaculated in me or not. After that I started freaking out because I had test to early for hiv. So at six weeks and 12 week I test via rapid mouth swab both were negative. I was fine with my results until I heard that 6 months is conclusive. My anxiety got the best of me and I went in for a full panel std and hiv test at 19 weeks and 7day. All were negative ,but then I realized it wasn't 6 months and I wasn't sure what elisa generation test was preformed. Please help me as I have been stressed about this going on almost 6 months now. I am no longer with my boyfriend and have not had sex since the week before i first got tested.Do I need to retest at six months or is my 19 week test conclusvieView Thread
Okay so I had protected sex on May 26 2015. I have major anxiety, so i keep thinking it wasn't protected....
Posted by An_259743
Okay so I had protected sex on May 26 2015. I have major anxiety, so i keep thinking it wasn't protected. anyway i had sex with the same person who gave me genital herpes. These days I've been feeling out of whack. I suddenly started coughing the other day after the gym, but that went away. and now i have a sudden sore throat, that started today. I know that people with herpes have a bigger chance of getting hiv. could i have it? I'm freaking out. I had a headache a few days ago, and i now rarely get headaches, so when i do i freak out. I haven't had sex in like a year, and the last time i did which was in may 2014 was with the same person. anyway, help me please! give me info please!!View Thread
I am truly scared to death. On or about March 18, I had an encounter with a female who's status was HIV negative 6 months before we got together. She's in the Army and they require a pre-deployment HIV test at least 30 days before a soldier deploys. HIV positive soldiers cannot deploy. I don't know her sexual history or other STD tests beyond that. She was the only woman I've been with in the past 6 months. We had two encounters, both started out with protection and the condom failed on both occasions. I did not bother to replace the condoms either time (I know, stupid). There were about 5 minutes and 10 minutes of unprotected intercourse, respectively. It was vaginal intercourse. 2 days after possible exposure, I started feeling pain in my genitals and abdomen pain. Day 4, my genitals began to swell. My urethra was inflamed because my urine started coming out in streams. I now have a clear white discharge that comes after I ejaculate. After about a week the swelling subsided. 6 days after the encounter, my hands and feet were extremely cold and I got a sore throat. I went to the doctor and they said I have inflammation at the back of my throat. He prescribed me some medication for colds and that was it. On day eight, the coldness in my extremities went away and my skin became sensitive to touch and I have a tingling sensation all over my body. I had chills but I'm in a really hot environment (100 degrees plus) so it felt weird whenever I went out side. My skin was so sensitive that whenever I would put my watch on in the morning I would have bruises on my wrist. Around this time my eye sight became extremely burry throughout the day and there was yellowish fluid coming from my eyes when I went to sleep. Also on day 8, I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn't move my left hand. I had to massage it and try to move my fingers to get voluntary movement back. The coldness to my hands and feet came back the next day and I couldn't stay in an air conditioned for more than an hour. On day 9, small black marks started to appear on my palms. They looked like small fungal pigment dots. I also had what looked like an eczema rash that covered my entire right palm. The rash also appeared on my other hand as well. The rash came and went over the course for two weeks. I also noticed that my palms were extremely red, wrinkled and sensitive to touch. If I pick up an object, the shape would indent in my hands for a couple of seconds. I always stay hydrated so this never happened before. On day 12, developed nausea, I woke up and dry heaved throughout the night, never actually throwing up though. I went back to the doctor and told them about my stomach pain, nausea and dry heaving and he tested me for mono. The mono test came back negative. They gave me some nausea medicine. On day 14, I started getting night sweats, approximately 2-3 times for about two weeks. I also started getting a tingling feeling in my hands and feet that would come and go. I reached out to the female I had the encounter with and she told me that she didn't have anything and to leave her alone. By week 3 after possible exposure, I started waking up to temporary paralysis in both hands when I slept. I had to constantly wake up and start moving my fingers to get my hands to move. At week 6, the temporary paralysis in my hands while sleeping went away and now I just get what feels like pins poking my fingers and toes throughout the day. Also at week 6, I started vomiting also every day for a week. It was mostly in the morning. It was the same thing week 7 and 8 but the dry heaving/vomiting was at night. Also at week 8 I started developing diarrhea symptoms they were going on for about 4 days. I'm a military contractor working in a Middle Eastern country and if my employer finds out that I may have contracted HIV I might get sent home and lose my job. Foreign visitors to this country can't live here if they have HIV.
This past weekend, I went with a friend to a gay strip club. I had a small opening on the right corner of my mouth which was partly on my lips but a little bit off the lips. I often get this if my lips are dry and chapped. When I yawned, I could definitely feel it. Even though I could not see any blood and it was certainly not bleeding, it still seems like it would have been an entry to my body. I went up to a stripper to tip him, and he leaned over to kiss my cheek. However, his lips touched the right side of my mouth where the sore/opening was. Some of the strippers - illegally - will give blow jobs (although I think they normally receive them) in the club. His kiss was quite wet. What if he had cum on his lips or inside his mouth from a blow job and the cum got into the opening? I don't know if he engaged in this sort of behavior or not, but I can't stop thinking about it.
I had a risk a little over a year ago with a confirmed positive person. My condom broke during the sex.
I have tested 4 times all negative with the Oraquick oral swab test. 6 weeks, 9 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months all were negative. I get that after 3 months that all test are conclusive but I have lost my appetite and lost 20 pounds over the last year. My concern is that I dont produce antibodies that are detectable in my oral fluids. The test states it misses 1/12 infections so at one year can it really miss a hiv infection.View Thread
hello i performed unprotected oral sex on a prostitute and tasted something bitter perhaps sour in her vagina. since i have been worried that perhaps she was on her period. what are my risk of hiv?View Thread
I'm still having symptoms like constantly feeling warm, mouth ulcers, headaches, and a lump on the back my neck that hurts a little (might be a swollen gland). I'm ordering another oraquick today. How good are 5oraquicks to months mark and 1 home access hiv1 at 5months?View Thread
Hey after a year of unprotected oral to men I met online decided to test and had my first one on Jan 28 for hiv/stds. Negative. 2 months later on March 28 I did two lab tests of the same and on May 13, all negative with 4th gen ag/ab. I've also tested with rapid finger tests and an oraquick advance at a planned parenthood yesterday, over 4 months. Am I conclusively negative or should I test out to 6 months?View Thread
hello I had unprotected sex around January,13 2015 I have taken 3 test and all negative my last oralqick test was on May 5 2015 and it was negative but I'm very OCD person but is save to say that I'm negative?View Thread
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