Ok, here's the thing. I have researched a lot about HIV and symptoms i have been having have been very similar to the Virus. In detail:
1. I have swollen lymph nodes on both sides of my Groin
2. Slightly blurred vision when trying to focus
3. Feeling tired and sleepy most of the time
4. Very slight Discomfort on my groin area
5. Lymph Node on the right side of my neck is slightly swollen, can barely feel it
6. Got a white sore on my pubic area, but does not itch or any pain
7. Very light diarrhoea, for just a day
8. Sore goints and muscles at times
9. Slight headache
10. Had flu like symptoms (lots of sneezing) for more than 2 weeks!
Looking at these symptoms, it really closely relates to HIV, and i am sexually active. The thing is, i was having sex then the condom slipped off, continued to have sex for about 3mins then we stopped! I don't know if she was tested or not, when I asked she said she is Negative (which is very hard to believe, trust me!)
This really made me freak out and extremely paranoid! So i had to know! I went and got tested, came out NEGATIVE (Thank God) but these symptoms are waaaay to similar with HIV. My questions are:
1. How accurate are HIV tests?
2. Can I be negative because of the "Window Period"
3. Since i came out negative, can it just be an STI, if so what is it?
Modern HIV tests are very accurate, it depends on when you took it. Many of the worlds leading experts openly state a test at 4 weeks is unlikely to change later on, a test at 6 weeks is considered conclusive. The offical winodw period is still 12 weeks but this does not take into account the advances is HIV testing.
Your risk was extemely low. Yes, you did have unprotected sex but other factors have to be taken into account. Not least the HIV status of women involved. Simply assuming she is lying and that she as HIV is not a great idea. Her status is very likely to be negative, it is simply you that as jumped to the conclusion she is otherwise.
HIV is only ever determined one way, an HIV test. You have one, it was negative. This test alone trumps any symptoms you may have. HIV is cannot and cannot ever be self diagnosed. You really need to stop searching the net, looking at web sites that list symptoms and trying to cross reference them. There are no specific symptoms that will indicate an HIV infection. The symptoms you have read about are very often confused with everyday ailments that go unnoticed until you start looking. Please stop examining yourself, HIV is not a DIY project, it is a very serious medical condition that is diagnosed through medical science, not via google.
Given what you have posted it is extemely unlikely you have been infected with HIV but if you are concerned have another test at 12 weeks, it is very unlikely to be positive.
Last edited by blokecalledkev; 04-12-2011 at 01:03 PM.
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Thank you sooo much for the response! That really puts my mind at ease, but the Paranoia won't just go away! I'm really scared because these symptoms are so closely related but then again, the test was negative. If that is trully the case, what STI could be associated with these symptoms?
An online diagnosis of anything cannot be offered by anybody. If you have ailments that are a concern for you, your best bet would be to discuss them with a doctor. Given what you have posted I will happily tell you what I think it is not, HIV. As for what it is, you should seek professional medical help. But if it helps here is a list of symptoms.............
Chest Pain or Palpitations
Migraine - Frequent Headaches and tension headaches
Indigestion - (very common physical symptom of stress)
Loss of Appetite
Constipation or Diarrhea
Flatulence or excessive wind.
Tremor and shaking and / or nervous twitches & tapping
Muscle cramps and spasms
Worsening Eczema / Psoriasis
Baldness or increased hair loss
Poor circulation with cold fingers and toes
Premature ejaculation or Impotence
More frequent asthma attacks
More frequent flu's and colds
Neck pain & back pain
They are the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety, I guess you recognise many of them. Please buddy, you have tested negative for HIV, stop with the self examinations and stop looking to put everything down to this encounter. As I have already advised, just speak to a doctor and explain your concerns.
Oh and please stop prodding your lymph nodes, of course they will be sore and swollen if you are continually poking them.
Last edited by blokecalledkev; 04-12-2011 at 01:34 PM.