Hello and thanks in advance for receiving / reading this e-mail message.

My Name is

For the first time in my life I had sex at the 15th of April 2016 with a gay man . Unfortunately we had unprotected sex.

Since the 22nd of May I have experienced some concerning signs like high fever (which is stable now at 37.1-37.3 C ) feeling tired and sweating while sleeping and feeling a small abdominal pain . I also lost a bit of weight these days . But the worst thing of all is that I am afraid I am HIV positive. I didn't; have the chance to go for an examination though , as I am very scared to death and I also think that since I am an anxious person I may be enforcing the symptoms myself at a point.

2 days before I contacted the guy I had sex (he was the only sexual partner I had) and mentioned my experience to him .

HE was scared so went under a " FAST HIV TEST" the result was negative . As far as I knew his last sex experience was 4 days before me that's making a 43 days period since the 12th of April (12th April-24th May ) . He took the Test at the 25th of May .

Is the Fast HIV Test to be trusted? Shall I feel better now that I know he is not positive?

I also had some tests but general ones like CMV and EPSTEIN-BARR both were IgG positive and IgM negative. My Hematologist told me not to be worried since this seems to be an old infection. Shall I mention that weeks before I had experienced a half day vominting which was a bad experience but ended up pretty fine .

Thanks for your time

with best regards,

from Greece

Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems you are concerned that the symptoms that you are having are HIV related. We are glad to provide some information.

Unprotected vaginal or anal sex is a High Risk activity. This activity has been repeatedly been associated with HIV transmission. At Aids Vancouver we do not use symptoms to determine the HIV status of an individual since some symptoms can be the result of other viral infections that are not related to HIV. The only way to determine the HIV status is by getting tested. It is encouraging to note that the other individual has tested HIV negative. However since you were involved in a high risk activity we encourage you to be tested. You will get valuable counseling from the clinicians when you visit a testing center.

Rapid Tests are accurate. Up to 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks post exposure. However for conclusive results we recommend that one gets tested 12 weeks or three months after the exposure.

The Aids Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

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