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As bad as I am assuming...?

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  • Posted By: LastLegs
  • September 10, 2007
  • 00:16 AM

First, thank you for taking the time to read this.

I am a 23 year old male, student, who, on a recent camping trip, had unprotected sex with a female who I would classify as 'at risk'.

I am now about 99% sure that I have acquired HIV from this encounter and expect the results of my many blood tests to indicate as such during the course of this coming week. Since I have been unable to find any peace of mind without knowing I have turned to the internet for help in my diagnosis.

The most troubling thing for me is that I seem to be displaying symptoms that do not match up well with anything but onset HIV (3-8 weeks timeframe, which fits my situation)

The ones that concern me the most together are:

-A persistent tingling/burning sensation somewhat throughout my body but mostly (and consistently) in my hands/feet

-Purple discoloration of certain areas of my body "closest to the blood", particularly at the point of scars and on the back of my feet, on my achilles tendons

Other symptoms which suggest to me that I'm experiencing onset HIV

-some weakness/fatigue
-I had feverish symptoms about a week ago including sore throat, weakness, fatigue, and fever


My doctor told me that it is probably unlikely that it is HIV but I am convinced and am simply waiting to be told that I have been infected with HIV. Is it possible that these symptoms (purple areas, persistent tingling/numbness in hands and feet) could be something other than HIV onset?

Your responses are GREATLY appreciated. Do not be afraid to tell me that it does in fact appear to be HIV. I do, after all, expect this to be the case.

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  • I should also mention that I've experienced some memory loss as well
    LastLegs 2 Replies
    • September 10, 2007
    • 00:35 AM
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  • These symptoms are very popular and do not point to HIV; they can point to a long list of mostly superficial and easily treatable conditions. Of couse, we cannot rule anything out until your results are back but if I were you I would sleep very well. The fact that you *did* experience flu like symptoms and now do not, is promising especially. If I have the time I may further research some symptoms for you but I do not see any urgency. I will likely come back to this thread when more serious cases are settled. Rest well comrade, Brent of Ottawa.
    Dr. Brent Royal 24 Replies
    • September 10, 2007
    • 02:15 AM
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  • Dear Last legs...when the HIV test comes back negative, look into CFS. The symptoms are similar. Of course, HIV is ruled out first.Find NAET, it helps...ALOT:D mommy cat:) PS...unprotected sex? :confused:
    mommy cat 1654 Replies
    • September 10, 2007
    • 10:16 PM
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  • First, thank you for taking the time to read this. I am a 23 year old male, student, who, on a recent camping trip, had unprotected sex with a female who I would classify as 'at risk'. I am now about 99% sure that I have acquired HIV from this encounter and expect the results of my many blood tests to indicate as such during the course of this coming week. Since I have been unable to find any peace of mind without knowing I have turned to the internet for help in my diagnosis. The most troubling thing for me is that I seem to be displaying symptoms that do not match up well with anything but onset HIV (3-8 weeks timeframe, which fits my situation) The ones that concern me the most together are: -A persistent tingling/burning sensation somewhat throughout my body but mostly (and consistently) in my hands/feet -Purple discoloration of certain areas of my body "closest to the blood", particularly at the point of scars and on the back of my feet, on my achilles tendons Other symptoms which suggest to me that I'm experiencing onset HIV -some weakness/fatigue-I had feverish symptoms about a week ago including sore throat, weakness, fatigue, and fever My doctor told me that it is probably unlikely that it is HIV but I am convinced and am simply waiting to be told that I have been infected with HIV. Is it possible that these symptoms (purple areas, persistent tingling/numbness in hands and feet) could be something other than HIV onset? Your responses are GREATLY appreciated. Do not be afraid to tell me that it does in fact appear to be HIV. I do, after all, expect this to be the case.Yes, though not a Dr., it could very well be something else. I have some ideas.If you want to take action and just want to feel better, go to a health food store. Ask for Oil of Oregano. If you acquired something, it may take care of it. Pump yourself up nutritionally so your body can fight off whatever it has. Start eating like your health depends on it. Healthfully.If you need to "know" what it is, then pursue testing with a medical doctor, though they may not be able to offer you any help if they say, "well, its just probably a virus". I am a "need to know" kind of person, but I haven't had much luck with western medical doctors.Let's face it, when you exchange bodily fluids....you're gonna catch whatever the other person has, especially if you are nutritionally depleted and have had ANY assaults on your immune system including vaccines. It may not be HIV, but it may be another virus and/or bacteria that is making you ill. Your symptoms sound to me more like a Vitamin B12 deficiency. DO NOT take any B Vitaminis till you have had this checked. There is a thread on this site about B12 deficiency. Look it up.Here's a little something about B12 deficiency, often called pernicious anemia.http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000574.htm. I KNOW what I have. I pursued my illness for YEARS. I am an ACTUAL CFS patient. My B12 levels are very very low. You may have both.People AND MEDICAL DOCTORS do not understand CFS otherwise referred to as ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome - my preference). CFS is a vicious cycle. Yes, there are different causes, but I do KNOW, that despite the causes it sets up the same vicious cycle. Kind of like getting drunk. It can be beer, wine or vodka, but they all eventually get you drunk if you drink enough.I am not trying to pick on your age....but you are 23. Have you been drinking alcohol while in college? Alcohol can impair Vitamin B12 absorption and deplete your body of nutrients. If you have been drinking Thurs through Sunday afternoon....nutritional deficiency may be your main culprit thus leaving you open to catching any kind of infection.How can you be 99% certain your partner has HIV? Has she said so, or does she display symptoms? Do you know anyone else that has caught HIV form her? Just trying to put your mind at ease with the questions.Please let us know what the outcome is.I wish you the best.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 11, 2007
    • 05:37 AM
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  • You are probably just freaking out. But your chance of getting HIV is increased if you already have a STD, so keep some condoms in your wallet.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 11, 2007
    • 10:33 AM
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  • Camping trip?? You may have been bitten by a tick! Were you tested for Lyme and Co infections? Western Blot is best for Lyme test.My second tick bite .the back of my knee was still purple a few weeks later. ""Purple discoloration of certain areas of my body "closest to the blood", particularly at the point of scars and on the back of my feet, on my achilles tendons.""Check out www.lymenet.org for more info. Print out this list and see if you have any of the other symptoms. Best wishes ~~ Jersey LymieLyme Disease Symptoms List1. Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing ****2. Unexplained weight change--loss or gain 3. Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina ****4. Unexplained hair loss 5. Swollen glands: list areas____ 6. Sore throat ****7. Testicular pain/pelvic pain 8. Unexplained menstrual irregularity 9. Unexplained milk production: breast pain 10.Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction 11.Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido 12.Upset stomach 13.Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea 14.Chest pain or rib soreness 15.Shortness of breath, cough 16.Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block 17.Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse? 18.Joint pain or swelling: list joints_____________ 19.Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back 20.Muscle pain or cramps 21.Twitching of the face or other muscles 22.Headache 23.Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain 24.Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains ***25.Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy) 26.Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity 27.Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity 28.lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance 29.Lightheadedness, wooziness 30.Tremor 31.Confusion, difficulty in thinking 32.Diffculty with concentration, reading 33.Forgetfuiness, poor short term memory 34.Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places 35.Difficulty with speech or writing 36.Mood swings, irritability, depression 37.Rashes
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 11, 2007
    • 00:52 PM
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  • The tingling in your hands and feet could be due to anxiety and hyperventilation. You are clearly very anxious and feeling stupid about the encounter. I am not saying you are making up symptoms, by any means. When I had unexpected chest pain once, I became so fearful my hands went numb and I had pins and needles pains. It turned out to be something non cardiac. I was told that the most common cause for tingling hands in ER settings is in fact hyperventilation.Purple heels can be chillblains, which commonly come from exposure to cold. My doctor told me this has been a remarkable year for seeing chillblains in his practice. I had them, and thought I was going to lose a foot. I do not know if you may have been exposed to cold at night during your camping trip, but they look quite scary and take a long time to heal. Some people get them at warmer temperatures than others. If you are not in great shape, your circulation could be bad, another possible cause of the purple.Your flu symptoms could be stress, including a sore closed throat feeling and queasiness.Wait for the test results before you panic. I know you want to be prepared for bad news, but you could stress yourself to the point where you might make yourself ill.
    BesideMyself 41 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 09:10 PM
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  • Hi guys,thank you so much for the responses. Got me through a difficult time.Still extremely worried, though, especially in light of new developments.I had an antibody test at what was about 6 weeks, came back negative, and a PCR test at about that time too. I've recently read that PCR takes some time though before being reliable, and that it is not in fact completely reliable.My girlfriend recently had flu like symptoms and sudden onset nausea and once again I'm fearing the worst.How reliable is PCR in your opinion? It was at about 4-6 weeks from the time that I think I got infected. Done by B.C. Canada health workers.Have another antibody test due back for late december early january."The fact that you *did* experience flu like symptoms and now do not, is promising especially."-Doesn't HIV onset usually have flu like symptoms that dissapear though? I remember the symptoms being exactly that, 'flu-like' and quite unusual. Also the nausea came on very suddenly and struck me as quite strange.Any input appreciated. tingling feelings have pretty much ceased even though I'm still very anxious. I also have a persistent rash now on my right arm. So many strange coincidences just seem to me to point to HIV because I can't account for them otherwise. I can't concentrate on a thing. Feel like a ghost walking around among people. thank you,
    LastLegs 2 Replies
    • December 14, 2007
    • 09:22 PM
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  • hi i am wondering how you are doing, i see there are no other post to your question, i came accross it because i am myself struggling with some symptoms, and am afraid it might be hiv. , i hope everything is ok with you and your girlfriend.
    junn112 10 Replies
    • December 24, 2007
    • 04:53 PM
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  • I did this to myself last year, worrying myself half to death thinking I might have HIV and my symtoms were very obviously signs of a weakened immune system. Its highly unlikely that you have contracted HIV and its even more unlikely that you would be experiencing any symtoms if you had it takes many years for the immune system to fail due to HIV and the symtoms you get from the body first mounting an attack against the virus are quite short and very much like the flu. I had convinced myself after hearing an x girlfriend from the early ninetys had died from the disease then getting really ill myself so read everything on the subject and treatment in preperation to fight it out to the end but thankfully got negative results and never foundd out what is wrong with me to this day and I'm still suffering everyday. Goodluck with whatever the outcome.
    Mykill100 4 Replies
    • December 24, 2007
    • 05:27 PM
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  • My girlfriend recently had flu like symptoms and sudden onset nausea and once again I'm fearing the worst.I have very little knowledge about HIV, but I *do* know that it's not really quite as contagious as people think!IF (and I stress IF!) you're HIV positive, the chance of your GF getting it from you is about 0.1%. Unless you did something freaky (;)) with the other girl, and IF she was HIV+, the risk of you getting it from her is about 0.05%.
    Tranquillity 34 Replies
    • December 24, 2007
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  • It is pretty certain that you do not have it. You may repeat the test at 3 months or 6 months and that will end it for good. You may want to throw in a herpes2 test. That gives a lot a strange tingles at the nerve endings. Your arm rash may be poison oak. The purple spots would not be HIV because it takes 20 years to get the purple spots. I have seen the purple spots with herpes2. The antibody has something to do with causing the new purple spots but they should come and go, almost like a bruise. I have read something about it but can't recall the details to why herpes can cause it...something about antibodies and blood cells. It seems to be a rare side effect from it. You could also ask for htlv1/2 blood test, but once again, that is rare to contact this in the USA, unless you or your friend have been overseas, mainly Japan.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 25, 2007
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  • Last Legs, Have you checked out the tick bite thought. We had a friend who's teenage son went camping and got a tick bite and he was very sick from it. His was a rare type of tick but there were flu like symptons, and a lot of what you mentioned, even the discoloration of the skin. He had a severe case but he did survive and is fine today. If this is your cause it does not sound like you have a serious case or it would not have eased up. Also, there are a lot of conditions that we can get from a weakened immune system. I like to try natural remedies first because there are not usually an side affects and if there are they are much easier to live with. Anyway, I would like to suggest that you not stress out about it all becasue stress itself can give a LOT of symptons. Take care and keep us all updated here. Thanks,Ro
    Rohere 2 Replies
    • December 25, 2007
    • 05:34 PM
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