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Fever/Flulike Symptoms/HIV??

Posted In: General well-being 4 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 15, 2009
  • 03:16 AM

Last thursday I was in close contact with someone that MAY be HIV positive, not considered by me at the time. No penetration occured, just mostly open mouth kissing and some body rubbing. The next several days after this (Fri-Sun) consisted of somewhat excessive drinking and cigarette smoking with friends, unhealthy I am aware. Starting Sunday night, I developed a sore throat, but fell asleep okay, however I woke up at 4am with fever (101F)... couldnt fall back asleep, tossed and turned with chills for 6 hours... Monday day felt better, little week and fell asleep at night just fine, but woke up 4am again and went through same thing as night before... today felt better, no fever, just a little weak... but repeated previous nights routine by waking up at 4am with high fever again and couldn't go back to sleep. Today (tuesday) has been better, but hoping this doesn't recur again tonight. What are the chances this could be an acute HIV infection from my encounter? Is it more likely just the Flu, or could it have to do with multiple nights of drinking and smoking and just general immunne system weakening? No one else I know has been sick, and I haven't been in close contact with any other people. I know I'm probably just paranoid. I don't even know if the guy is HIV +, and it's not usually transmitted through saliva/kissing, but I am still very concerned. From what I've read most acute HIV infections resemble the Flu and occur 2-4 weeks after exposure...this being only about 3 days after exposure. Any thoughts?????

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  • Last thursday I was in close contact with someone that MAY be HIV positive, not considered by me at the time. No penetration occured, just mostly open mouth kissing and some body rubbing. The next several days after this (Fri-Sun) consisted of somewhat excessive drinking and cigarette smoking with friends, unhealthy I am aware. Starting Sunday night, I developed a sore throat, but fell asleep okay, however I woke up at 4am with fever (101F)... couldnt fall back asleep, tossed and turned with chills for 6 hours... Monday day felt better, little week and fell asleep at night just fine, but woke up 4am again and went through same thing as night before... today felt better, no fever, just a little weak... but repeated previous nights routine by waking up at 4am with high fever again and couldn't go back to sleep. Today (tuesday) has been better, but hoping this doesn't recur again tonight. What are the chances this could be an acute HIV infection from my encounter? Is it more likely just the Flu, or could it have to do with multiple nights of drinking and smoking and just general immunne system weakening? No one else I know has been sick, and I haven't been in close contact with any other people. I know I'm probably just paranoid. I don't even know if the guy is HIV +, and it's not usually transmitted through saliva/kissing, but I am still very concerned. From what I've read most acute HIV infections resemble the Flu and occur 2-4 weeks after exposure...this being only about 3 days after exposure. Any thoughts?????Get a "Viral Load Test" (I believe its called)Kissing is a pretty low-risk way of spreading HIV tho unless you both had open sores or broken skin that could have facilitated the transfer...Plus, you said you don't even know if he was HIV+...what makes you think he is?I would not be too concerned but to be safe get the Viral Load Test (not to be confused with the Antibody Test)
    CuriousandLooking 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Not HIV. Not a chance from what you describe.Curiousandlooking doesn't have a clue what they are talkng about.You should stay off websites trying to convince yourself you have something you don't (at least from the situation you describe) and ignore terrible advice like that (from someone who should not to be confused with someone who knows what they are talking about).You do not need to take a viral load test, that's preposterous. They are intended for people with HIV to monitor their viral load and make treatment decisions. They have little place in HIV diagnosis. Curiousandlooking - you should not be advising people on HIV risks.
    Frank E 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Not HIV. Not a chance from what you describe.Curiousandlooking doesn't have a clue what they are talkng about.You should stay off websites trying to convince yourself you have something you don't (at least from the situation you describe) and ignore terrible advice like that (from someone who should not to be confused with someone who knows what they are talking about).You do not need to take a viral load test, that's preposterous. They are intended for people with HIV to monitor their viral load and make treatment decisions. They have little place in HIV diagnosis. Curiousandlooking - you should not be advising people on HIV risks. I never claimed to be an expert on HIV or the treatments or risks involved.HOWEVER, Viral Load tests CAN BE and ARE used for early diagnosis of HIV infection...detection of HIV before an Antibody test would detect it. Additionally, as I said to the original poster, I acknowledged that there is an extremely low risk of spreading through what he described, but as I do not know the entire circumstance, I could never give a definitive answer one way or another...More than anything, the original poster seemed like he/she needed some peace of mind...which a viral load test could bring if they decided to go that route...
    CuriousandLooking 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Last thursday I was in close contact with someone that MAY be HIV positive, not considered by me at the time. No penetration occured, just mostly open mouth kissing and some body rubbing. The next several days after this (Fri-Sun) consisted of somewhat excessive drinking and cigarette smoking with friends, unhealthy I am aware. Starting Sunday night, I developed a sore throat, but fell asleep okay, however I woke up at 4am with fever (101F)... couldnt fall back asleep, tossed and turned with chills for 6 hours... Monday day felt better, little week and fell asleep at night just fine, but woke up 4am again and went through same thing as night before... today felt better, no fever, just a little weak... but repeated previous nights routine by waking up at 4am with high fever again and couldn't go back to sleep. Today (tuesday) has been better, but hoping this doesn't recur again tonight. What are the chances this could be an acute HIV infection from my encounter? Is it more likely just the Flu, or could it have to do with multiple nights of drinking and smoking and just general immunne system weakening? No one else I know has been sick, and I haven't been in close contact with any other people. I know I'm probably just paranoid. I don't even know if the guy is HIV +, and it's not usually transmitted through saliva/kissing, but I am still very concerned. From what I've read most acute HIV infections resemble the Flu and occur 2-4 weeks after exposure...this being only about 3 days after exposure. Any thoughts?????Did you do any tests?. I have similar experience as yours. Since I too had drinks on other weekend I assume sore throat to be because of dehydration caused by Drinks. Your reply will help me. Thanks.
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