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Chlamydia or HIV

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 9, 2007
  • 00:09 AM

I am a man who had safe sex with a female sex worker just over 2 weeks ago. The session was about 20-30 minutes and included 2 vaginal and one oral. A different condom was used for each of these.

About 8 days after this episode I started coming down with a mild sore throat and I had been having a mild diarhea for about one week (actually it may have been even longer than that).

On the 9th day I went to a medical office to get tested for STDs. The office reported a mild fever, slightly swollen lymph node on the neck and high blood pressure (probably becasue of my concern over HIV). They confirmed it was not strep and sent blood samples and a urethra swab sample for testing. They also sent me home with some allergy medicine.

The following days I was of course agonizing over the possibilities and did a lot of reading which may have contributed to the conditions I was developing: depression, tiredness, very infrequent slight sporadic muscle or joint aches (but I think I always had those), continued diarhea, some non itching/irritating white scaliness of skin around the groin area which dissapeared in a couple days.

The tests came back on the 13th day (today) since the sexual encounter and everything was negative except for Chlamydia for which they prescribed a single two tablet dose of Azithromycin. Of course I took it and went home to research some more. I started worrying again about HIV because non of my symptoms match Chlamydia. They are much closely matched to HIV infection. I did not have any discharge or pain in my penus or groin area. I dont know about any swelling but I had no discomfort.

Any opinions or advice?

ps: they did the ELISA test.

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  • You would not have symptoms of HIV so soon. I think you are just freakin out and causing yourself more symptoms. If you were safe you should be ok. If you are so worried that it is making you sick maybe you shouldn't be having sex before both of you are tested for all STDs.just a thought. :-)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 02:54 AM
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  • it is true that some of your symptoms are similar to hiv sero-conversion however they are generalised and non-specific and may be related to a multitude of other conditions and probably simply reflect a minor and transitory upper respiratory tract viral infection. chlamidyia is often aymptomatic and if since your screen was positive you recieved the correct treatment of azithromycin stat dose. You may well have had chlamidyia for some time - a previous contact many years ago - and you should certainly inform any regular partners of your diagnosis (sometimes there are ways of doing this anonymously) as it can also remain undiagnosed in women and can cause infertility.heterosexual vaginal and oral sex actually has a remarkably female to male transmission of the hiv virus between 1 to 3 in 100. risk is far less if barrier protected but more in the presence of concomidant stis,genital ulcers, mesntruation etc actually sex workers are remarkably good at using precautions and getting tested and sadly many stis are caught by careless unprotected one night stands,one could say with a good degree of certainty you do not have hiv and from the limited history you give this recent contact does not sound too risky. stop worrying but if you have concerns then get a test in 6 weeks time by which time any conventional antibody test will be positive = if you really can't wait that long then viral pcr will precede this but is expensive and proably a waste of your money. HIV is not the death sentance it once was with modern antiviral therapies and many docs predict that many people diagnosed today will die of unrleated causes such as old age.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 03:06 AM
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  • Not much you can do, dude. It's a waiting game. Get the HIV test over again in a few months. You could have picked up a staph infection from the chick. If you used a condom, I might think you've had the chlamydia for awhile and didn't know.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 07:17 AM
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  • I have been in a monogamous relationship for years. This is my first sexually deviant act in over 7 years. So I doubt I have had chlamydia before this encounter unless my female partner did something similarly stupid that I dont know about.Is therer no HIV test that can be done so early (within 2 weeks of HIV exposure) and has a high degree of certainty?Is it possible that my symptoms are similar to a rare breed of Chamydia?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 09:45 AM
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  • If you have been carrying chlamydia for a while (and sometime for only a short period of time) you can develop reactive arthritis, and that can cause every single symptom you have described. There are a few things that people do not know about Chlamydia... Left untreated the body will eventually take care of itself, but not completly. The bacteria "lays low" if you will and can cause ALOT of problems. Hope this helps...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 10:02 PM
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  • Anxiety can do alot of things go to anxietycentre.com and look at anxiety symtoms
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2008
    • 09:31 PM
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  • Very unlikely to be HIV- it takes more than a month for the HIV to be positive. Unlikely to be Chlamydia as well.You might have had the Chlamydia for a while. The drug that you were prescribed is enough for itIt may be just a viral infection.Anyway if you are very concerned please test for HIV after 6 weeks from the possible exposureAnd relax!!Dr G
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 24, 2008
    • 05:47 AM
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  • Chlamydia often causes no symptoms, so we could contribute your existing symptoms to anxiety. Anxiety can cause a lot of physical symptoms and when you start reading about a disease you would always start noticing so many symptoms similar to yours. This is what med students always go through - so many diseases :)I am not making fun of you, anxiety is tricky. I would suggest you relaxed and forget about this. You did everything right and used a condom. Chlamydia may have been present for longer.
    KnowSUMthings 153 Replies
    • January 26, 2009
    • 02:13 PM
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  • Maybe you shouldn't be having sex with sex workers and you wouldn't be worried about anything !!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 30, 2009
    • 00:31 PM
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  • What I don't understand is, why is everyone all over the place sleeping with random people??? Let's practice some abstinence people, seriously!!! I am 26 years old and I have never even been kissed on the lips! I value my body too much to be engaging in any type of sexual activity. In fact, the guy I marry will have to be a virgin. I don't understand nor condone the lack of self control and just bad decisions made by many in our society. Yeah, yeah I know I may get negative feedback, but I don't really care. This week, one of friend's mom died from AIDS. She never told her kids she had it, and didn't bother to get help. Her husband died a few years ago from it and I strongly suspect one of the kids have it. So let's just do the right thing, be in a monogamous relationship, or just practice the waiting game. That way, no one will ever have to be worried.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Maybe you shouldn't be having sex with sex workers and you wouldn't be worried about anything !!He didnt ask to be judged, he asked for advice. The entire point of posting on this forum was to avoid humiliation.In my opinion, you made the right call by using protection, give it a few days to see if the chlamydia meds make you feel any better. People say that often times when you take a Tylenol for a headache, the headache goes away just because you know you took a painkiller, not because of the painkiller itself.Similarly, if you let yourself believe the Chlamydia meds will help you, then physiologically it may relieve some of your symptoms. I don't blame you for being worried about HIV though, but it takes a long time for the tests to be accurate.It's like the other person said, it's not a death sentence anymore, not even close. It's just the dumb stigma attached to it that worries people.You will probably be alright I think :)
    chute039 4 Replies Flag this Response
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