Anonymous
Hi,

I have a requestion, i had an unprotected vaginal exposure with a commercial sex worker 18 months ago.

Throughout these 18 months i had 7 to 8 ( HIV 1, 2 ) combo test done and they all came out negative.

but i have been very weak. i used to be 152 LBS but now 134 in these 18 months. my waist used to be 34 inch and now 29 inch.

also last month i had a terrible fever which lasted for 1 month. it wasn't typhoid neither maleria but antibiotics helped to take it down.

Are these the symtomps of AIDS?

My question how soon HIV patient start to lose weight? and what are the other symptoms?

I am so worried please help me
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Anonymous
Hello There,

Thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source for HIV/AIDS related information.

First of all, a commercial sex worker is not necessarily at a higher risk for HIV than anyone else. Anyone can pass HIV, no matter what occupation, age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. It is the activity that poses an HIV risk, not the individual.

The 4th Generation (COMBO/DUO) is one of the finest and most accurate of all testing methods. So you can be assured that any testing you had done after the 3 month window period are conclusive and no further testing is necessary. That said, although you need no further testing now, we do encourage all sexually active individuals be tested on a regular basis as part of you medical routine.

There are no clinically-defined HIV symptoms. That means that some infected individuals experience a strong flu-like illness, 2-6 weeks post exposure that disappears within 8-10 days. However, many infected individuals experience no symptoms, whatsoever.

I would encourage you to speak with your Health Care Professional to determine what is causing your weight loss and fever. Although they are not HIV related, they are definitely a signal of a problem which should be addressed. Your Health Care Professional will discuss with you your options, which may include counselling.

I trust I have addressed your concerns however, should further information be required, feel free to contact us again.

In good health,

Jonathan, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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