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Wrong PEP usage

Hi
I know it’s stupid but due to lack of knowledge I started taking PEP 3 WEEKS(not days) post exposure and once I considered what I’ve done, I made my second mistake, I continued it for more than 2 MONTHS!

Now 7 months pasts from the day 0 and I’m totally frustrated..
I’ve tested regularly through this time, monthly NAAT and DUO tests.

I guess I can not consider my HIV status because the PEP has suppressed the viral load and the immune system had enough time to develope few amount of antibodies as an answer to low viral load. And due to presence of antibody the virus never had a chance to rebound. Probably that’s why both RNA and antibody levels are below the detection line.

What you may recommend?
Thank you

How accurate is the 4th generation HIV combo test on 24 days while on pep medication?

I have unprotected vaginal intercourse with a sex worker. I am very regret on what i did and after 62 hours i am on the PEP medication. Throughout the PEP medication, i am having the side effects like nausea & dizziness almost everyday until now (24th post exposure). I have taken a 4th generation HIV combo rapid test with Alere HIV combo. The result came out negative. Would the result be accurate enough? I am having serious anxiety and go to different doctors everyday. Please help

Need help please - am i being paranoid

I had sex with a prostitute 9 weeks ago. It was vaginal and I was wearing condom and condom did not rip. She did however perform oral sex on me with no condom on, I did not perform oral sex on her.
At about 2 weeks I started feeling something in my throat like something was squeezing my lymph nodes. I started googling (worse mistake of my life) and got myself thinking about HIV. I did got to the doctor at 2.5 weeks and asked to get test for all the STI's and all came negative including HIV. Then I got test for HIV at 4 weeks and 7 weeks with the rapid HIV test and they both came negative as well. Doctor also tested my blood for the CBC (complete blood count) and once the results came back he said it was low pointing towards me having a virus in my system (it's flu time so not sure what kind of virus it was or is).

I got my lymph nodes looked at and they are not swollen and I have no other symptoms.

Should I be worried? and should I get re-tested again at 12 weeks.

Thanks for the help.

HIV duo after 35 days

HIv antigen-not determinable,
antibody-0.02
What is the interpretation ?
what does not determinable means

Worried about the window period

Hi, my "exposure" was protected vaginal sex, to the best of my knowledge the condom did not break.

I had a 4 Generation HIV Test (Dynacare) at 47 days just to be on the safe side, it was non-reactive. I read that CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html) and Catie (https://www.catie.ca/en/fact-sheets/testing/hiv-testing-technologies) regard the 4 Generation HIV Test as conclusive at any time beyond 45 days.

My question is, should I have another test at 3 months? Since my "exposure" was in South America, am I at any risk for HIV-2? Would HIV-2 be picked up conclusively at 47 days as well?

Thanks!

Afraid I might infect family

Hie. I am a 26 year old man. I had a wet dream (nocturnal emission) last night. I woke up at 05:06 am. And I noticed some semen (was still wet) on my bed when I woke up..I touched some of it with my hand and then went to sleep..I was woken up by my little sister. She usually comes in my room and I give her transport money for school. She then brought some change and handed it to me on that hand that had touched my semen..I'm certain her fingers touched that hand..She then got her bag and grabbed some snacks and went to school. I then immediately examined my hand it was completely dry. Is it possible that, if I have HIV, the viral particles from the dried semen could transmit from my hand to her fingers then maybe into her eyes when she rubs her eyes or mouth when she eats the snacks? I'm so worried and so scared I will kill myself if anything bad happens because of me.

I find myself always worrying about having HIV..I had a negligible risk encounter last year in September where I fingered a girlfriend of mine who was on her period. I used a latex glove for the fingering but am scared that maybe something went wrong (e.g. microscopic holes) and the viral particles entered through peeling skin on my finger (no blood, no redness or pain)...I also french kissed a woman who bit me slightly on the lip as we kissed. I learnt from this forum it was no risk assuming there was no blood..She has a very dodgy past and apparently sleeps around. I fingered a 3rd woman in November (with a latex glove again). From all the fingering encounters the body fluids from the woman stayed on the outside of the glove I checked..For the first fingering I washed my hands 25 minutes after I had taken them off when I got home and the 2nd fingering immediately afterwards.

So now I am so scared of infecting my family..I always worry, about sharing water bottles, touching door handles after leaving the toilet in fear that they may be exposed to my body fluids. I am so scared and no longer have peace in my life..Every symptom that comes up I try and correlate it to HIV its driving me crazy. What should I do? I am scared to test because if I'm positive I will face discrimination and I will never be accepted. I live in Zimbabwe and all this is killing me...Please help me

Not penetrated, but he ejaculated on my penis tip.

Dear,

I have had mutual masturbation with a guy I don't know about his HIV status.
We kissed each other, licked the nipples and jerked off without oral sex, or penetration.
He rubbed his penis on mine. We are both uncircumcised. He ended up cum on my penis head. I thought his semen might contact my urethra hole and the body of my penis where the foreskin was pulled out.
I am concerning if I am at risk of HIV in this circumstance? It has happened 6 hours ago, should I consider PEP in this case?
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you so much!

Symptoms of HIV?

Hi Dr,
Thanks for your time, Sorry for long story,
I involved in intercourse with one of prostitute, I received blow job with condom, and than I did vaginal intercourse with condom, but due too fear I stopped intercourse within 1 minute. than I asked her for hand job with condom but after 1 minute again I stopped her and told her to remove condom because still I was worried about HIV. Finally I done but I think that while she was doing hand job with condom is on. she might carry vaginal fluid on her hand which can transmitted HIV to me. I think that I might have small cut on my penis balls. after second day of the incident, I got fever ( it is like Hay fever symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and fever. everyone is suffering around me ), but than I started google about ARS and symptoms.Immediately, I am pretty sure that I had an anxiety attack. Symptoms worsened within 24 hours of internet surfing. Clogged throat, clogged ears, sharp pain under front of chin, pain under sides of jaw (no swollen nodes that I could feel), sore jaw and teeth (clenching?), sore throat( never felt pain while eating or drinking), loose stool( it is not like diarrhea), white tongue ( I felt burning after I eat spicy food ), the list goes on and on. More than 2.5 months of that incident I felt like chest pain and pain under armpit. I have asked that prostitute she told me that she is negative but I do not know whether she is lying to me or not.
No kiss or vaginal licking involve.
Please Dr Could tell me whether I am on risk or not.
Can HIV transmit by hand job?

Negative HIV antibody test 10 months after exposure to a HIV positive contact

Dear doctors,
This is my story. I had sex with a HIV infected partner, and he revealed to me his HIV positive status only when I started to have acute symptoms 3 months later after exposure when I texted him with a question, what's the matter with me, it looks like HIV and if it is, it is certainly from you and he answered me, yes I have HIV. Up to that 3 months period I had not suspected and not thought at all about any HIV. But after his confession I started to remember the prehistory. All that previous time I had an exhausted look though I didnt feel very tired. I also had some rare small night sweat outbreaks. After about 2,5 months I started to have some very small pain in the throat which after 3 months grew to a terribly full-blown flu-like episode with my pharynx hot-red and so painful, though fever grew slowly and did not rise above 38. All that time I had painful neck under the chin, which continues to this day and has not gone anywhere. This flue-like episode lasted about a week. But temperature about 37.2-37.5 lasted 2 months. Now too from time to time it rises to 37-37.2. Now often when I get up in the morning my temperature is 36.2 but the moment I leave my house for work it is often 37.2. I felt terribly tired about 1-1.5 months, I could hardly prevent myself from falling flat on earth any moment. But after 1-1.5 it disappeared almost completely. I also lost about 7 kg within a month, after that I gained back my weight quickly and even over my usual weight. From that time on my bowel gradually behaved worse, although before I have never had any problem with it. My stool about 1 month after an acute episode started to be more and more liquid. Now about about 1-2 times a week I have a perfect diarroea and this keeps going on already for more than 8 months. During the acute period my two very small hardly visible warts on the head became bloody and now they are quite bigger in size. During the acute period I started to have a coated tongue, which does not improve and continues to this day. I had HIV tests after 3,5, 6, 8, 10 months after exposure, all are negative. I have had some tender small spots in the lymphatic region in the neck and about the armpits on the chest from that period up to this time. So you can see I still have symptoms which I have never had before: sore throat with coughing (continues to this day), coated tongue, rises in body temperature, liquid stools with diarrhoea, some tiredness and weakness bringing me definitely some level down (though generally I am satisfactory). My exposure details are such. Anal sex was protected (I am on the active side), but my skin on the penis easily breaks even after small rubbing with some blood showing due to chronic fungal dermatitis. We had a lot of kisses, and there are papillomas in my throat which delay swallowing. I should explain about my fungal condition. It is chronic but spread all over the body and it is dormant. But if I rub my skin any anywhere just very little it breaks and becomes an injure. My doctor was very surprised that my fungus on the body did not disappear after many treatments with antifungals and became chronic though inactive, he said he has never seen such a case in his life. As for me I can attribute my new continuing symptoms to nothing else but HIV. Also it seems my immunity (although good enough in itself for living) is somewhat special and abnormal and can explain somewhat strange reaction of my body to HIV. Also I should say I cannot pay for PCR test, I must tell my name if I want it free, but I am terribly afraid of being disclosed. I will greatly appreciate your responses to my question what can you tell me about my case and what should I do? Can I do RNA test in your laboratory? Regards.

HIV TEST

Hello,

I made 2 test combi hiv 4th gen ,3 month and 4 month.I have a question,if my body dont produce antibodies the antigen is still there detectable.I asked because i am concern about late seroconversion,still i have symptoms,pain in my body,loss of weight

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