8 months ago (Feb 2018), a girl deep kissed me on the lips. She was wearing a lip stick. After the kiss, all the lipstick were gone. There was no visible blood during the kiss. 2 or 3 days later I developed a mild sore throat with a deep red tongue. I also recall experiencing burning urine that lasted for two days with no discharge. The following day, I woke up with an insect (not sure if it was a tick) burrowed in my left hand. I pulled it out and it left a deep small pin like circle around my hand that took days to disappear. Later that day, I realized I could not move my left arm, left leg and had a mild facial numbness, burning and tingling on my left face and I could not smile properly. After that, my nails started pitting, palms of my hands and soles of my feet started peeling and crusting. After that episode had passed, my knees and elbows started scaling and itching and these lasted until early May this year. I kept asking my uncle if these were winter rashes and he said yes (but I still could not believe that the cold from the winter can cause nail pitting).I went to the doctor around that very first month of the kiss and they said that my blood work was normal (it was the CBC that they had performed). Also, in that very month of February ( even before she gave me the kiss), we discussed how we came to Canada and so we talked about medical testings and requirements that led me to ask the girl whether she had been diagnosed with HIV or any other infectious disease prior to coming to Canada. She said she had strep throat, scarlet fever, straw berry tongue ( things related to streptococcal infection in the first year she came to Canada). She denied having HIV infection. I also told her I was tested for HIV prior to coming to Canada and I was tested negative and my medical records were in order.So, looking back to the signs and symptoms that kept bothering after the kiss and after the insect bite, I thought that perhaps I was also infected with group A strep only to realized that Group A strep doesn't cause most of the symptoms I kept having. At the end of April I got a job an an institution as a cleaner (cleaning toilets with commercial cleaning chemicals and glasses with windex). 3 weeks into my job I realised my body started itching so badly, mostly at night and the rashes that I sustained were in my groin area, back of my neck and upper back with almost none on my chest. The rashes scarred and were highly pruitic. ( One of the cleaning chemicals had poured on my bed sheets the night before and I just went and slept on it due to a long day from work). On the 5th week of my work, I woke up again with the similar insect biting my hand and after that my left face remained swollen. I started waking up with itchy nose and reddened eyes especially on my left eye where my face was swollen. The NP who I saw gave me topical steriodal nasal spray which helped the situation in my nose a bit and has not fully healed up to now. Also, when I was working as a cleaner I always turned the heater on even though I realized that my room was prickly hot.
Also I started developing minor non itchy scaling at the proximal joints of my fingers and feet. I also experience mild joint pain now. I have lost 1 Kg over the past 8 months thinking about all these symptoms I am having which had never happened to me before. All sources have including previous posts on the Vancouver AIDs website clearly show that HIV can't be transmitted through kissing but I am very worried as the symptoms I experienced maybe the first presentation of HIV infection (given that In did not contract lyme disease from the tick bite).
I am a virgin, 26 years old pursuing my master's degree and I wouldn't want a kiss to mark the end of my life.
In september this year, I asked that girl again several times if she has HIV, she continuously kept saying she is not HIV positive and that I should go see a counselor. Last Thursday (October 4th I decided with my NP to test for all the diseases that can be transmitted through kissing, including HIV whose results have not come back yet. I am scared to go see my HIV results this coming week and I feel absolutely hopeless).
In the month of August I had already done tests for :
Hep A, B, C, chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Urology, Stool, CBC, VZV, MEV, RUBELLA, MUMPS which all came back negative. I tested positive for H. Pylori which I have currently finished taking antibiotics for.
My nose still itches especially in the morning, the itchy skin rash did not go away fully and it gets worse at night, after a hot shower and I can barely bundle up my clothes even though the waether is getting cold :(.
My question for you is, do you think a deep kiss on the lips at school can transmit HIV from that girl to my blood stream ? Do you think I am infected with HIV from the kissing? Or do you think I may have come down with the Boreilla species ?
Thank you for your time and advise.
E. (Updated Question)
I still have swollen lymph nodes while other symptoms are gone.
I’m on ART now, just wanted to know what cause ongoing lymphopathy
Is it overactive producing antibodies? Or it’s the virus hiding there?
I had an unprotected vaginal and oral sex while I had a herpes on my lips
Week 3: started to feel pain in my right armpit and left groin
I was so anexious so I started to take black seed daily based on this article please take a look at it
I’m still on this herbal therapy
Week 4-6: had 2 DUO tests as well as one Individual NAAT all came negative
Week 7: some symptoms appeared one after one including fevers chills a sore throat, join pain,malaise, fatigue, nausea and herpes
Week 8-10: severity of symptoms declined and disappeared by end of the week 10 except the fever
I had 3 negative DUO tests weekly
Week 11-13: all the lymph network is painful including armpits, shoulders, arms, chest, belly, groins, neck...
2 suspicious bruises
The fever showed up and disappeared once in a while
I had 3 negative DUO tests as well as another negative individual NAAT
I am writing to you in week 14th and I’m totally fed up with HIV testing
To check other possible risks, I had a complete blood test, all in normal range
I lost my weight during this period 2-3kg and the worst part is the painful lymph network is still there.
Would you please asses my risk of HIV infection?
Hello, so ive been going crazy for something that happened about a year and a half ago and would love to get some peace of mind form you guys. I am a tattoo artist in Tijuana, Mexico, and was doing a piece on a guy who had a drug abuse past. Half way through the tattoo I lifted the machine and accidently poked myself in the finger, it wasnt a hard poke, and i dont even think it pierced my glove, so i didnt make much of it. But lately ive had a ear infection i cant seem to get rid of, saw something hiv related on tv and now my hypocondria is driving me mad. Is there a chance for me to be exposed if the needle pierced the glove and poked my finger a little bit? i remember checking for blood, and nothing, but i did feel some pain at the moment of the incident. All my materials were clean, unused and sterelized. I cant ask the guy beacuse he died of overdose a couple of months ago, helping my paranoia flare up some more. I hope u cant find time to help me with this. I thank you in advance for this and all the other work you do.
P.S. Im sorry if i screwed up the spelling, english is not my mother language.
I had an unprotected sex with a HIV+ girl 3 months ago and i made a stupid decision, I started to take unprescribed HAART med from day 1
Now it’s been 2 months I’m suffering from armpit, neck and groin lymphopathy
Tested negative ELISA and NAAT both out of window periods(day 80-85)
What have I done? Am I gonna die?
I think I would never seroconvert like this since the med is keeping viral load blew detectable line so the immune system won’t produce enough antibodies. The virus is replicating in my lymph nodes and eats up my CD4s continuously
I received a tattoo on friday, and by sunday, I began developing cold symptoms. On monday, I felt like I had a cold, but my symptoms were mild. I received my tattoo from a very clean, professional parlor where i have also received multiple piercings. although i did not see the artist change the needle, he took about 20 mins in between me and the girls who had gone before me to "clean up," and i'm assuming he changed the needle then. I know that the girls in front of me were HIV negative. under these circumstances, what are the chances on contracting HIV from a tattoo? is my cold a coincidence?
I had a risk exposure on 2nd July 2018 and had the following ARS symptoms, red/ pink rash, stomach problems, red eyes, white tongue, nail discoloration, swollen lymph glands on throat and cheeks, sore throat, joint pain, 10% weight loss. i have tested at 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 10 weeks and its still negative. Should i still worry of an infection? Kindly assist.
MY PARTNER TESTED NEGATIVE BY TRI DOT METHOD.
I GOT TESTED BY ELISA METHOD AFTER 3 WEEKS. RESULT WAS NEGATIVE.
HAVE URINARY TRACT INFECTION. SLIGHT TEMPERATURE.
COULD I BE HIV POSITIVE.
before 3 weeks i had received oral sex from a prostitute i don't know if she had hiv,but after this 3 week i have stomach pain,and sore throat.
Can you please help me with that.
I had sex with a prostitute on 1st July 2018 with condom and it didnt break. and on the 3rd July I had a stomach pain which resulted to frequent stool (like 5 times) within 2hrs and it stopped after the stooling. After that I started having headache for about 5 days. And I noticed that my weight was reduced by 1.5kg to 2kg. I did hiv test about 4 days later it was negative and I did another one on 9th of July and it came negative, I still did another one on 16th July and it was negative but before the test on 16th July I learnt there is a test called rna hiv that can detect virus within 1 week of possible exposure and I did the RNA test on 11th July but I have not gotten the result yet.
My worry is that when I was having sex with the girl I felt a kind of cold on the surface of my body where I had a small rash so I was afraid if it was her fluid that touched that part of my body that made me feel the coldness. I begged the girl to go for test and she did, hers was negative but I am still worried because I still have chills and I emaciated a little. I am thinking maybe the girl just contaced the infection few days or weeks back before I met her which made her to still test negative and with the fact that she's a prostitute made me worry much because I know she must have met several men before I met her.
Pls how long does it take the RNA hiv test to come out and can I trust the result. My exposure was on 1st July and the blood sample for RNA hiv test was taken on 11th July 2018.
I do have nausea when I eat and I do have loss of appetite too.