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Year and a half and worried, help
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An_250891 posted:
Hi, I just want my peace of mind back or maybe some advice on whether I should get tested again.
I did some horrible things that I'm ashamed of everyday.
In late August 2011 like the 23rd or so, I slept with an escort. She performed brief unprotected oral, I didn't ejaculate in her mouth. Then we had protected sex.
Then sometime in September 2011 I slept with another escort, she gave me brief oral but it was protected by a condom. Then we had protected sex.
Then in October 2011 I slept with some girl I met online. She gave me brief unprotected oral and protected sex.
During the 1st and 3rd incident there was some condom slippage I think.
Sometime between these incidents I got pretty sick. I had a bad fever and cold symptoms. I've read that those are symptoms of when you first get HIV.
After these 3 incidents several months later something showed up by my penis called mulloscum contagiosum. Apparently you can get it from skin to skin contact, it isn't considered a STI.
I was so stupid back then, I didn't know you could get HIV from oral sex. I had no idea. I figured if I was safe during intercourse everything would be fine and the slippage scares the hell out of me.
My stress level built up very high until finally around June 6th 2012 I went in to get tested. I had a test to see if I had the main STI's, they did a blood draw to check if I had HIV.
A few days later I got the results back, I was negative for everything.
Then again my stress level built up and I went in to get tested again around November 24th 2012 at a different place. They did a rapid test, where they prick your finger and check your blood. Once, again they said I was negative and told me to stop worrying.
So a quick summary, I got tested 8-10 months and 13-15 months after my horribly stupid mistakes.
I haven't had sex since.

The reason I'm still worried is because I don't feel normal. My mulloscum has pretty much cleared up. But I still have one pop up from time to time. The doctor said it should take from 2-5 years to be gone.
But the main reason I'm still worried is my body temp has changed I think. I used to be pretty cool like 97 degrees or so. Just estimating the couple times I've checked my temp. it was around 99. I don't know if I got it checked at a bad time or something cause I don't have a thermometer at the moment. Maybe it's the stress I don't know.

I've done a ton of online research and I read all over and was told by a doctor that if you get tested 3months after a possible exposure you are safe, negative, and have nothing to worry about. Only in one place did I find in very rare cases it can take 6 months to get a positive test result. I just look at the huge risks I took, and my change in body temp and I think maybe I'm an oddball and it's taking my body longer or they somehow screwed up the test.
Please respond I need advice to help me.
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georgiagail responded:
No further testing is needed. You are HIV negative.

The fact your body temperature now seems to be 99 degrees instead of 97 degrees plays no role in any of this.

You didn't make either a "horrible" or "stupid" mistake. And, in terms of "risky" behavior, the estimated risk of HIV from oral sex is EXTREMELY small; think along the lines of .5 to 1 per 10,000 exposures with a source KNOWN to carry the virus.

Put all these concerns behind you and accept the fact you are HIV negative and move on from this.

Gail
 
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An_250891 replied to georgiagail's response:
Thanks for replying it helped. I still was really nervous today thinking about what if. I felt really hot not quite feverish but hot so at the end of the day I bought a thermometer and an Oraquick test. 15 minutes before my test I checked my temperature and I was at 99.1. I then took the test, reading the directions again and again. Did it step by step. I had to dump in some of the testing fluid from the bag it was in because the cap didn't stay sealed. Then drove home slowly and waited for the results. It was a clear negative result. I feel a lot better even though I've been tested before. I took my temp after all this and it was at 98.1! I'm fairly certain that my stress alone rose it one degree. Hopefully anyway. Thanks again and I hope to never come back to this forum again.


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