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could i have HIV?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 2, 2009
  • 08:03 AM

i am another one of those hypochondriacs.
i spend about 1/3 of my day worrying about having h.i.v.
i've had sex 5 times, twice unprotected. no mishaps or what have you.
after reading various information here i've found that (apparently) h.i.v. infection can be (sort of) detected immediately, with flu-like symptoms. well i don't really recall having any odd symptoms weeks after sex but who knows.
my symptoms are as follows (listing anything possibly related).
i can normally only breathe through 1 side of my nose and it alternates,
i sneeze a lot (average 10 times per day)
i have red bumps on my arms and upper back and some white growth bumps (idk what to call them)
a swollen purple toe
poor circulation
itchy scalp, sores on my scalp
a pretty hairy tongue with raised bumps near the back (could be because i used whitening listerine for awhile)
sometimes i get random pains throughout my body
frequent loose bowel movements (wouldn't quite call it diarrhea)
random bruising

i'll appreciate ANY feedback whatsoever. i definitely worry.
i know i should see a doctor and get tested but it's a very difficult idea to me.
thank you so much.

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  • Hi,I don't know whether I am the right person to comment about your suspect ion of HIV(Human Immuno Deficiency virus)_ positive.Being a microbiology student I do have some idea about its transmission and symptoms that would result. AIDS is not a killer a disease as such it only destroys the immune system of the body and prone the patient to get infected with other diseases easily.My only suggestion is that you better go for a laboratory and check whether your blood test reports HIV positive and don't built your suspection more.-------Julissa
    Julissa 2 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
    • 11:01 AM
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  • Hi,My only suggestion is that you better go for a laboratory and check whether your blood test reports HIV positive and don't built your suspection more.-------Julissa
    Julissa 2 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
    • 11:05 AM
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  • Yes, you should be tested,but none of your SX sounds like AIDS.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
    • 00:37 PM
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  • So why did you have unprotected sex?That's playing Russian roulette with your life.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
    • 00:43 PM
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  • Based upon your description of the symptoms, you can relax. This would be inconsistent with HIV infection. Although the public service messages would state otherwise, becoming infected with HIV is somewhat of a challenge unless a series of factors are all present that would permit an opportunistic exposure. Having said that, practicing unprotected sex with persons who are either entirely unknown to you or whose general nature is unfamiliar to you, ie spouse, then you place yourself within a greater risk pool. With regard to your symptoms, the alteration in air restriction through the nasal turbines occurs because of chronic mild sinus congestion and can be influenced by tilting the head far to either side and waiting for mucous secretions to shift position within the ethmoid and frontal sinus cavities. It is quite common and typically due to seasonal rhinitis. Sneezing would be consistent with allergies as described above. There are medications which can lower the body's response to allergens and you should discuss options with your doctor. The bumps on the tongue are consistent with tonsillar tissue and although many people are unaware of the fact, tonsillar tissue is located in many areas of the posterior tongue & oral cavity and not simply the palatine tonsils that most people associate with the term. The appearance of raised and inflamed tonsillar tissue at the back of your throat would again, be consistent with an allergic response observed in seasonal rhinitis. The raised red and white areas on your arms could result from several things and in the absence of direct evaluation, dermatological conditions would be somewhat more of a guess utilizing a medium such as the internet, ranging anywhere from psoriasis to one of the non-genital human papilloma viruses. The appearance and duration of the affected area would be a better clue to its origin but in any instance, I would not classify this as suggestive of a depressed immune system. Individual toes that may become swollen with a blueish tint on the nailbed is quite common as well and typically arises from mechanical trauma from ill-fitting shoes in folks who walk a lot at work or those who are active in sports. If the large toe is involved, bunions can be the cause in certain cases. Many people believe that they have poor circulation based upon subjective information. In other words, if a limb feels cold to the touch or they see a change in skin color, they presume it's due to poor circulation, a manifestation that is actually not that common at all. Most often, this complaint arises during times of cold weather and it's a normal response for the body to alter microvascular circulation to maintian body temperature. Realize that true instances where poor circulation occurs is quite painful because the tissues are starving for oxygen-rich blood to carry out their functions. An itchy scalp is again, likely an issue with dandruff or possibly psoriasis. True hairy tongue is caused by oral thrush, a yeast infection. Based upon your description of other symptoms, however, I would more suggest that the papillae which covers the surface of the tongue is inflamed, yet another common symptom of allergic rhinitis. Now random pains throughout the body would be considered entirely non-pathological at this point and realize that everyone suffers an odd ache or pain now and again. There is absolutely nothing to suggest any connection here to some type of underlying infection or disease. Loose bowel movements can arise from many causes and unless you are experiencing frank diarrhea, then it's more likely the case that you either have difficulty digesting fatty meal substances or you could have irritable bowel syndrome as a consequence of the constant worry demonstrated in your posting. Understand that the type of diarrhea associated with AIDS is due to invasion in the gut from certain bacteria that is normally kept in check by the immune system. It is quite graphic in nature and light years apart from loose bowel movements. Tremendous weight loss and dehydration are constant issues to be battled in such cases. Random bruising only suggests a systemic problem under certain circumstances and can range from certain vitamin deficiencies to blood disorders. At this point and in the absence of other supporting symptom criteria not mentioned, I would be of the opinion that it is not pathological in your case. An HIV screen would likely be a good idea at this point, since the result will provide you with the reassurance you seek in order to go on with your life. I would suggest that you simply see your doctor to have a general health panel performed and have them include the screen. That way, you're not necessarily targeting the single test that is causing so much apprehension and fear. Having engaged in intercourse only five times would also place you in an extremely low-risk category for contracting the HIV virus. I would also advise, however, that since you appear to be a person that tends to become obsessive over such matters, I would refrain from unprotected sex in the future to avoid placing yourself in a future similar situation. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
    • 01:36 PM
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  • you are my favourite person right now. honestly thanks for all of the details!now i know exactly where to go for my individual symptoms and i'll be getting tested for h.i.v. simply because it would be nice to have a clear mind.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
    • 08:04 PM
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