Alright, I'll start from the beginning so you get the general idea. I'm a 21-year-old student from Serbia. My country is one of the countries with a small HIV rate in comparison to the States and some more developed countries, for example. 6-7 weeks ago (it's already going into week 7 actually), I had sex with a guy of an unknown status. He told me he was clean, but he could have it and not know that, as far as I'm aware. He's had a certain number of female partners, but he told me he used condoms every time. Again, you never know. We had sex with a condom but during it the condom broke. I remember we switched positions and when I wrapped my hand around him to continue, there was a bubble of air around the end of the condom. We stopped and he felt it up and realized that it broke. We stopped as soon as we saw it, didn't have intercourse after that. I'm not sure when exactly the condom broke and if he even penetrated me after it broke, that is what makes me nervous. Basically, even if he did penetrate me with a broken condom, it didn't last for long, I'm guessing.
Now, two weeks or so ago, I got some rash on my legs. It looked like mosquito bumps and it itched. It started as a few bumps around my left ankle and then a few of those bumps spread up my leg, but it stopped after a few days. Yesterday, 47 days after the, I'm guessing, low-risk exposure, I got fever, around 37.2C and I took some Ibuprofen and it went down. Today I woke up and it's around 37.6C. A few days before I got this fever the same mosquito bumps appeared on my arms, but only 2-3 bumps on each arm, nothing too big. They also itch.
I know you can't tell if you have HIV based on the symptoms but I went to get tested and was told to come back after 3 months because they don't test before that. I'm really scared and I need your opinion on this, I would appreciate it if you could tell me whether these symptoms indicate seroconversion or not. Thank you.
Hiya. Well your correct, you have had a low risk and although sensible to test, i belive the outcome will be negative. The symptoms you mention are not a concern but then hiv has no specfic symptoms anyway.
Speculation counts for very little, so only a test can confirm your status and a test at this time scale would 99% conclusive. Although that test centre didnt help you, i would try another and tell them its been 3 months.
I hope that helps.
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I know the symptoms don't really show anything, but I started freaking out when I noticed the fever. As far as I'm aware, it usually comes with swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin area or armpits, maculopapular rash which is usually non- itchy, etc, right? My rash looks like mosquito bites and it's itchy, but who knows...
I keep blaming myself for not checking if the condom was alright and I keep thinking of what are the chances that I got it...
Your symptoms cannot be commented on within this setting, they will relieve absolutely nothing about your HIV status (this is stated clearly and unequivocally in the sticky threads at the top of the board). Speculating about what may or may not be this cause of your ailments on an HIV forum, or any other internet forum is of absolute no benefit to you. If they are of such a concern please speak to a doctor, they cannot be diagnosed on the internet. All you are doing by offering them up on an internet forum especially an HIV forum is adding fuel to your already over fuelled anxiety.
HIV is diagnosed one way and one way only; by having an HIV test at the appreciate time. Given your extremely low, almost non-existent (if any) exposure to HIV with somebody who in probability didn't even have HIV, expect your tests to be negative.
Last edited by blokecalledkev; 01-05-2013 at 05:02 PM.
I thought serconversion happens 2-4 weeks after exposure, not hours after it?
Thanks for all your replies, I just have a lot of anxiety because that sexual intercourse was cheating. I feel guilty because of my boyfriend and then I started freaking out that if I got HIV, I gave it to him as well.
I was confused about the rash because I'd read that it could appear anywhere on the body, but when I mentioned it was first on my legs and then on my arms some said that it was possible for it to appear on the limbs.