Okay, just had more diarrhea. This time it was watery. Also I have a fever. One thermometer said 100.4 the other one said 100.5. When ARS symptoms occur, isn't a fever almost always present?View Thread
Hello again. I posted about 8 or 9 months ago about an incident, sadly another one has occurred. October 6th (it was a Sunday) I had unprotected sex with a man I've known for awhile. He did not ejaculate in me, as I requested he pull out before he does. He did pull out. I did "catch" some of his semen in my mouth, but I did not swallow it. I spit it out maybe a minute later. Fast forward to November 10th/11th, I began having headaches, feeling a little weak (still functional, but I could tell I wasn't my normal self) and had developed two canker sores on my gums. Headaches went away and the weakness went away the next day, but the canker sores are still here. Saturday (11/16) I woke up with an extremely painful sore throat. I thought at first that it was because I had my fan on Thursday night & maybe the air was blowing directly in my face. However I was facing the opposite way of the fan when I slept. The sore throat has gotten worse, and it's hard to eat or drink anything. My mother says when she had a sore throat like that, it actually turned out to be a abscess in her throat (no medications worked for her. Throat meds and cough/sore throat drops did nothing nor did drinking hot tea) which is exactly how I feel. NOTHING is working to make my throat feel better. I also had light diarrhea yesterday (Sunday 11/17) but it wasn't watery. It was softer than usual but still looked firm when I looked in the toilet. Wasn't watery at all. I plan to go to the ER tonight when my mother gets off from work (I don't have a car to drive myself).
My question is, could this possibly be ARS symptoms from HIV? I've read on multiple sites that headaches, some weakness, sweating (which I'm kinda doing now), sore throat, and diarrhea are all symptoms. I did take an Oraquick at-home test on Saturday (11/16) which would be 5 weeks & 6 days post-exposure. It says I'm negative.
Any insight would be great. & I'm so sorry for posting again, but I don't know where else to look to until I go to the ER tonight.View Thread
Gail, I know this will be silly of me but my anxiety has been killing me lol.
I'm going to go get another Oraquick test from Walgreens tonight. Today (3/29/13) marks exactly 10 weeks since my encounter. If I test negative this time, is it safe to say I'm 100% HIV negative since I tested negative at 6 weeks as well?View Thread
I would say its safe to say you're negative.
From the 15th of December to the 7th of is just shy of 12 weeks (about 2 days shy) and 12 weeks/3 months after possible exposure is when you should get tested and seeing that it came back negative I'm sure you're negative. View Thread
Thank you,Gail! I feel much less worried now. Like I said I do plan to test again at the 12 week/3 month mark on or around April 18th. So there's for sure no reason why it would change by then? I don't know whether to go get a blood test or use another Oraquick. I think I'll get both, because the blood test at my clinic tests for not only HIV, but the other STD's as well.
Alright, so here's the deal.
January 18th of this year (2013) I had unprotected sex.
I am a gay male, and I'm a bottom so when he ejaculated, it was inside of me. The person I had sex with was someone I used to have sex with back when I was a sophomore in high school (2008-2009) so it's been a good 4 years since we've messed around.
Of course I've been tested since high school so when we were having sex back then he obviously didn't have anything but since its been 4 years since then you never know what could happen.
He says he has no STD's or HIV. I don't doubt him but unprotected sex scares me and that encounter was really just a spur of the moment thing. It also makes me feel bad because he's married. But he says the only person he sleeps with is his wife (aside from me) & any other sexual encounter is strictly oral (him receiving blow jobs). So it makes me wonder if he's telling the truth or just lying.
So, on March 4th I took a Oraquick in home HIV test which was 6 weeks 3 days post exposure. It says I'm negative. Is 6 weeks a good indicator of my status? I do plan to test again on the 3 month mark (April 18th) just to know for sure.
But is my 6 week 3 day result a good indicator? I'm just terrified that I can have a negative result now then at the full 12 weeks/3 month mark come out positive.