I made a stupid error. I had unprotected vaginal sex with a sex worker in Germany. After a week I had pain in the thighs for 2 days. Then I got to 1.5 weeks and abdominal pain after 2 weeks, a weak bladder. Physician visit was negative. Normal blood count. urine normal values. No bacteria. Had abdominal pain and bladder problems to the 4th Week. After 5 weeks, I got a sore throat but had gone back after 1 week. After 7 weeks with a sore throat and tonsillitis geschollenen lymph nodes. Was at the doctor yesterday and got HIV test done. Conclusion reached Monday.
Is that the same course of an acute HIV infection? Have enormous fear and do not know how I can stand until Monday
Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver online helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
While your symptoms sound distressing, it is important to note that, due to the high variability and low specificity of the presenting symptoms, acute HIV infection cannot be diagnosed through symptoms alone. It is good to hear that you elected to have an HIV test, since testing is the only reliable method of HIV diagnosis. International guidelines recommend testing at or after 3 months (12 weeks) post exposure for conclusive results. A negative result at that time can be considered conclusive for no current HIV infection, provided that you have not had any further exposures during that 3 month period. If a negative result is obtained from a test that occurred prior to 3 months post exposure, another test may be taken at or after 3 months for conclusive results. Also, we do recommend that all individuals who are sexually active undergo regular STI (including HIV) testing for their safety and the safety of their partners.
In addition, it may be worth noting that sex workers are often more aware of their sexual health than other individuals, and as such may elect to undergo STI testing more often than a non sex worker. We also urge you to protect yourself by using a condom correctly and consistently every time you have sex.
I hope this has helped to answer your questions, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
JonathanAIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer604.696.4666, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm PSThelpline@aidsvancouver.org