fabricefuhrer
Hello,

I have been always careful in taking care of myself regarding my sexual life. Use to get tested once a year always expecting for a negative result as I've never been in a risky situation. I'm a man and only had sex with women.

On January 19th 2020, I was in the company's party and got really drunk. From a certain point in that night, I don't remember anything. All my colleague have been saying that I was really drunk, but didn't do anything stupid that night. On the next day, I woke up alone in my hotel room, no signs of having any sexual activity in the room or in my body. I have like no memories for at least 3 hours in that party.

On February 18th or February 19th, I have experienced a low sore throat, with a pain that use to go away with a hot coffee and a random nasal congestion. On that same day, I took a flight and my ears started to kill me. Those symptoms last for 3 to 4 days. At that point, I wasn't even thinking about HIV.

On May 2020, I was randomly reading an article about the acute HIV syndrome. Then boom, everything started to fall apart. From about 4 weeks now I am completely freaking out, trying to find a way to get my memory back from that night.

Are those symptoms likely to be a flu or an HIV infection?

I feel somehow that I am overreacting, and for the first time completely scared of getting tested and somehow I am freaking out.

Any recommendation for me?

Thank you.
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about symptoms of acute HIV infection. From the information given I cannot preform a risk assessment. However, if you are missing time and unsure if you engaged in a high risk activity, the only accurate way to know if you are living with HIV is to get tested.

The symptoms that you mentioned above are broad to many viral infections, and can even be a consequence to persistent stress. The symptoms are not conclusive to acute HIV infection. I recommend consulting your health care provider, they can give you more information and a test is truly the best way to ease the anxiety you are feeling.

Recommendation: Refer to a health care provider for HIV testing.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Rashell

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