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Hi m a male 22, i had unprotected and oral sex in bangkok 1 month ago from today. I became sick after 5 days of exposure ,
Weakness, body pain, mouth ulcer for a week, signs of blisters but eventually didnt grow as i ignored and didnt touch it, bit of itches everywhere in the body(not in genitals), diarrohea for almost 2 weeks and now my diarrohea has dissapeared. But now there are penile pearly papules(nt sure if they were there before cz i never noticed) and few dots on the head of my penis and its dry and wrinkly specially right after masturbating. Sometimes its itchy as well and from last week till the date i have pain while, after and before urinating and I have been lately feeling weak and concerned about having hiv or stds but theres nth i can do as its only the 35th day after the exposure.
Ive had antibody and blood and stool test 2 weeks after exposure, undoubtly the result was negative and everything was okay as hiv takes 3 months to be active and be seen on the test.

I have nothing to do now except wait for another 2 months and get tested or do i have any other alternate ways of knowing about my status or i dont know what to do. What can i do now ? Please help
M dying of depression and recently suffering a relationship problem so i have had thoughts of suicide as well. But i have controlled till now.

P.S. The sex i was talking about was the 1st time i had after exactly 2 years (though i have had sex 5 or 6 times before going overseas) and it was the night just before i got back to my home country from overseas exactly after 2 years. And went back overseas exactly after 18 days of exposure.
I dont know if this information affects my chances of having stds or hiv but just mentioned it.
Thanks in advance
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you have some questions after an encounter. We're happy to answer your questions for you.

We're not sure what exactly happened in your encounter- whether you had unprotected penetrative sex (vaginal or anal) or just unprotected oral sex. We'll assume you mean that you had unprotected vaginal/anal sex and oral sex. If this is the case, unprotected vaginal/anal sex is considered a high risk activity, and oral sex (giving) low risk. High risk means that of the transmissions that have been documented to occur, most have occurred during activities such as these. Low risk means that while transmissions are possible, they require specific circumstances to occur (like you having had recent major dental surgery, for example).

Unfortunately you'll need to wait at least 3 months until you know your status conclusively, as there are currently no tests (at least according to Canadian guidelines) that can provide your status conclusively any earlier than that.

As for the symptoms you're experiencing, know that HIV is never diagnosed based on symptoms alone, simply because the symptoms of HIV can mimic many other common medical conditions. We understand that you've had some contact with a healthcare provider, but we'd encourage you to make sure you bring up all of your symptoms with them. Try not to dwell on your symptoms too much, and to remember that your symptoms could be due to many other medical conditions.

Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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