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jellisindiana posted:
Hello everyone,[br>[br>Back on February 6th, I had sex with an escort. I paid $400 for the hour. She gave me unprotected oral sex and I gave her unprotected cunnilingus. [br>[br>We had sex 3 different times. Each time I wore a different condom and to my recollection, none of them broke. [br>[br>about 2 weeks later I started feeling weak, had a stiff neck, had lymph nodes swollen in my groin and neck. A few days later I got the rash. It was all over the "trunk" of my body. I was very scared so I went to the ER and got tested. My HIV test came back negative, although my platelet count was low, which scared me.[br>[br>So I decided to get tested again 5 weeks and 1 day since I had sex with the Escort. The test was called "HIV antibody Test, HIV 1/2 EIA w/ REFLEXES. I ask the doctor before he sent the blood to the lab whether or not this test would let us know for sure of my status, and he said it would.[br>[br>Got the results a week later and it's still negative. Platelets were back to normal too. But, I'm still very scared. What could have caused that rash? I mean it looked exactly like what I saw online when I google searched "HIV rash".[br>[br>What about my swollen lymph nodes and the stick neck. Not to mention the night chills and weakness in my body. I mean what else could it be?
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jellisindiana responded:
  • **Sorry for the weird font up above. Here's a cleaned up version***

    Hello everyone,on February 6th, I had sex with an escort. I paid $400 for the hour. She gave me unprotected oral sex and I gave her unprotected cunnilingus. [br>[br>We had sex 3 different times. Each time I wore a different condom and to my recollection, none of them broke.


    about 2 weeks later I started feeling weak, had a stiff neck, had lymph nodes swollen in my groin and neck. A few days later I got the rash. It was all over the "trunk" of my body. I was very scared so I went to the ER and got tested. My HIV test came back negative, although my platelet count was low, which scared me.


    I decided to get tested again 5 weeks and 1 day since I had sex with the Escort. The test was called "HIV antibody Test, HIV 1/2 EIA w/ REFLEXES. I ask the doctor before he sent the blood to the lab whether or not this test would let us know for sure of my status, and he said it would.


    Got the results a week later and it's still negative. Platelets were back to normal too. But, I'm still very scared. What could have caused that rash? I mean it looked exactly like what I saw online when I google searched "HIV rash".What about my swollen lymph nodes and the stick neck. Not to mention the night chills and weakness in my body. I mean what else could it be?View Thread
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    georgiagail replied to jellisindiana's response:




    Your "risky" encounters involved oral sex and protected intercourse. Let's look at the chance of transmission from these.


    Oral sex carries an extremely low risk of HIV transmission. The statistics we use for estimated risk are .5 to 1 per 10,000 exposures with a source KNOWN to carry the virus. Your risk would be less since you cannot confirm this persons status.


    Your risk from protected intercourse is zero. The virus cannot cross an intact latex barrier.


    Many things that have absolutely nothing to do with HIV can cause a rash. In fact, a rash is not seen in ARS (the first stage of HIV). Many other things can cause a stiff neck and swollen lymph nodes, including poking at lymph nodes to check to see if they are swollen.


    You can, of course, get retested at the 12 week mark to confirm your negative status but from what you have posted here, it does not appear that you have much to worry about and that your greatest risk might be from reading about HIV symptoms on the internet and worrying about these.

    Gail


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