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Old 08-17-2012, 05:22 AM   #1
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ARS Symptoms, 3 weeks after Unprotected Vaginal Intercourse

I am a 27 year old based in London. For the last few years I have seen a number of escorts..however, I have always engaged in protected sex with no high risk situations (condom breaking etc). During these few years I have also been tested and all tests have come back negative for HIV as well as other STDs. I am also not an IV drug user and have never engaged in unprotected anal sex (penetrative and receptive) with either a male or female.

3 weeks and one day ago I saw an escort who was just over 40 years old, a white lady from London. During the heat of passion I asked if she had a condom, she said no and we proceeded to (stupidly) engage in unprotected vaginal intercourse for about 9-10 minutes and I ejaculated inside her. We then had did it again a few minutes after, however, I did not ejaculate inside her this time. While she assured me she doesn't do this often- that clearly means nothing and I take that with a whole bag of salt rather than a pinch.

Yesterday- exactly 3 weeks ago, my body started to ache a bit and I felt feverish although my temperature was only at about 100.94. I haven't experienced anything other than that (swollen lymph nodes etc) aside from a headache also. I can't say it's been brought on by stress...I have been wondering about whether I have been infected every few days and proceed to look online for similar cases (silly I know), and I have had some late nights but nothing to suggest this has been brought on by something else.

Although I plan to get tested at the 3 month stage, given this context is it possible for you to give an honest perspective on my situation.

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Re: ARS Symptoms, 3 weeks after Unprotected Vaginal Intercourse

First of all, you should read the excellent sticky post at the top of the forum about how HIV is not diagnosed by symptoms.

The reason that HIV is not diagnosed by symptoms is that the symptoms (sometimes) produced in acute HIV infection are NON-specific, meaning that there are hundreds of viruses that produce the same symptoms. The symptoms that are sometimes produced in acute HIV infection usually appear as a triad in most infected people: high fever, severe sore throat, and a body rash. From what you describe, you barely have a fever, and lack other symptoms that are more commonly observed during ARS.

The other factor that needs to be considered is the risk of your exposure. This exposure occurred in the UK, which has a low prevalence of HIV in women, even in commercial sex workers. While this particular CSW is probably at higher risk than most CSWs, since she occasionally engages in unprotected sex with clients, on the overall spectrum her risk is not particularly high. For example, if your exposure occurred with a native CSW in Tanzania, her chances of having HIV would be at least 10-fold higher.

Given that fevers can be produced in the body by all kinds of common viruses, that your temperature barely registers as a fever, and that you had a relatively low risk exposure, I would maintain that HIV would still be highly unlikely in this situation. There is a risk, of course, but it is low.

One thing that might help in this situation is if you can relay your concerns to your partner and get her to have an HIV test (perhaps pay for it). If she tests negative then that would of course be extremely assuring for you. Perhaps she would be understanding of your situation.

Also, there is an early detection test available (4th generation tests that test for both antibody and antigen, called a DUO or COMBO) that you can take now that would pretty much tell you one way or another whether you were infected. However, you would still need to have a confirmation test at 3 months. Ultimately, testing will be the only way to know whether you were infected, which you seem to know. Hope this helps.

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Re: ARS Symptoms, 3 weeks after Unprotected Vaginal Intercourse

Joggen covered it very well.

Just to add to it, in the already quite unlikely event she did have HIV...vaginal to penile transmission of HIV is still a fairly low occurence. It is estimated at about once per 2000 exposures. It can happen at the 1st time, but figuring on the chances she actually had it and it was transmitted on one time are very low.

While it was definitely a risk, it is still a very low chance you got HIV from this. Ignore the symptoms...every person I have seen come through here in 18 months that had "textbook" symptoms ended up being negative....these were risks ranging from non existent to high.

 
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Re: ARS Symptoms, 3 weeks after Unprotected Vaginal Intercourse

i rea on aarp that a guy symptoms were dyspnea and cough and markedly cervical nodes in the neck . then he was tested hv positive. i have the same symptoms and im freaking out!!!

 
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Re: ARS Symptoms, 3 weeks after Unprotected Vaginal Intercourse

HIV has no typical symptoms, in fact many test positive without any symptoms at all. Read the sticky thread at the top. HIV cannot be diagnosed by symptoms alone.

A test at 6 weeks will give you an indication of status, until then you need to relax and stop reading junk on the net.
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