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Persistent dry cough - A very scared man

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 5, 2007
  • 02:54 PM

Please help. I've had a persistent dry cough which followed a 12-day cold about 6 months ago. Now I am really worried because I had oral sex about six months before the cold with a strip dancer (I being the receiver) Until three months ago there were no other symptons, but now I look gaunt even when I eat decently. I haven't lost any pounds though. I also have more pimples (or black heads) i think they are called - not enough to raise any questions from the closest people around me. I want to go for my HIV screening within the week, but I guess I just need to find some hope that this is not as bad as I make of it. I did try self medication during the cold with Septrin and Benylin -with codeine- I also experience joint pains in my one or two of my fingers. I've been to two doctors and nothing worked. If any thing, my fruit diet has greatly reduced the cough so much that a colleague said the other day that she thought my cough was gone. I know I am just scared and regardless of what you say I will do my HIV screening, but has anyone gone through this before without ending up HIV+ ?

Please help.

Me - Scared

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  • this cough is usually post nasal drip----or just possibly gastric reflux. doc will advise about treatment .get an aids test by all means ,but i bet you what you like it will be negative.wanna bet?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 08:22 PM
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  • it would be highly unusual for a.i.d.s. symptoms to show upso fast .you ask....has anyone else escaped h.i.v.in these circumstances.think about this....after some murders recently ,the government here---britain---estimated that there wre200 prostitutes in each major u.k. city.eachof whom had about ten clients per day.thats 2000 contacts per day.multiply that by our 20 cities----40 000 contacts per day inbritainyou can multipy it by 365 to get the annual figure.-those men ,most of them,will then have marital intercourse.some will have contacts outside marriage,apart from prostitutes.some of their wives--well you get the picture.(the answer tothe *********e contact sum above by the way,is over18,000,000.)that is before we start looking at the madhouse of casual sex thatbritain has become---mostly unprotected.what do you think the total of dodgy contacts might be,with a quarter of the under thirties having two or three contacts a week?you can do those sums. then add it all together and divide by 2000 ,the govt figure for new cases of heterosexual aids for last year.(and how many of them were concealing a gay or drug contact?)also ,2000 is for both sexes and in ordinary man /woman sex it is predominantly the woman who takes the risk,for reasons i am sure you can figure out.so the figure you want could be os low as 300 divide your big figure by your little figure,and thats the chance you have taken.i will let you do that sum.express it like you would a racing bet.relax, old chap; but get the test anyway.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 08:55 PM
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  • Thanks for your soothing words. You cannot imagine how much I wish you were God. The countdown to the test is on. Thank you for being so kind.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 05:36 PM
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  • i was wrong about 18,000,000.it should only be about 15,000,000.---lets double it for all the" non -commercial" risky contacts.so thats 30,000,000 and if we are generous we can divide it by the raw government figure for new cases,in a year.so30,ooo,ooo divided by 2000 thats fifteen thousand to one against you being infected. dont forget that all those figures are based on genital sex:one off oral sex incidents like yours are unusual,and not measured independently. add to that the fact that though antibodies have been observed in saliva,it has taken over two decades for oral sex to be regarded ,on its own as any sort of risk factor. i would be more worried about this cough if i were you.get it seen to.stay happy!(and how do you know i am not god ,anyway?i might be moving in a mysterious way ,perhaps like you did on the night in question!)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 07:19 PM
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  • Get your HIV test - put your mind at rest - and to the best of my knowledge HIV is not transferrable from oral contact with a penis. HIV isn't usually present in saliva in quantity enough to transfer infection, and you would also need to have a cut on your penis for the infection to get into you. Next time, try a professional sex worker, not an amateur. Professionals use condoms for oral. You said a fruit diet stopped the coughing? Could be you have some kind of food allergy - i had scary 6 month cough that turned out to be a yeast allergy. Don't stay on the fruit diet too long, you need a balanced diet. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 00:35 AM
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  • Thanks again. I will be taking my test in a couple of days. I'm frozen with fear, but it's certainly time to move on with my life. I might either be negative or my symptoms appeared in an extremely short time - which i hear is also possible. If the latter is the case, I'd be needing help fast. Thanks my angels, God bless you.Amazing thing though, is that for the first time in my life, I actually now know what is important in life and it's not what we usually think it is. The shame of it is that it's taken my staring at ***l's gate to realise it. I won't be the first, but i wish all of mankind could be wiser before the point of no return.Me
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 05:40 PM
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  • There is a possibility that you could have a Staph infection, or the more resistant kind known as MRSA. This sometimes shows up on the skin as small pustules that look a lot like acne. This infection can also spread to the lungs and cause pneumonia. See your doctor and have one of the pimples swabbed and sent to the lab. You also need a chest x-ray. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 00:50 PM
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  • My symphathy to you..... see 'Ulcerated sore throat ' below. I cannot see that when I told the doctors that I can hardly speak now as it starts me coughing so badly I have almost passed out through the coughing, that none of them have yet looked actually down my airway. Its not a pleasent thing an endoscomy but Id rather they did one to see whats wrong. Next they will be xraying my foot if someone dosnt get it together.:) Trying to see another doctor tomorrow and ask directly to have this done! Hope you resolve yours ok:mad:
    glynsan 1 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 05:02 PM
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  • Tuberculous symptoms are chronic dry non productive cough.get a ppd..
    sallambert 1 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 04:46 AM
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  • it sounds like your concience is getting the best of you. you are maybe feeling guilty from your actions and therefore your mind is focusing on negative things(what if i have aids etc). my suggestion would be if your going to be with random people in the future just be careful because you don't know who they have been with previously. not all of them have the risk of having a disease but just watch out for yourself so you dont have to worry anymore about such things anymore. life is stressfull enough, don't make it harder than it has to be.a caring mother
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  • look here,i appreciate that you have had a scare,but a mans a man,and there are things you owe to yourself.avoid risk groups....male homosexuals, drug users,perhaps the women who sleep with them,use a condom and get on with it !the risks of not having a good sex life are seldom mentioned,but you can work them out for yourself."anyone can die of aids" was a sop to fears that there would be revenge attacks against the gays.probably a necessary emphasis at the time when nobody knew what was going to happen,and everybody feared an exponential graph such as the one now proposed for global warming.....both ideas on the same pattern, both "ski graphs"put about by the same group of suborned "scientists". it has proven to be an unhelpful emphasis,but remains one of those things it is practically illegal to say whatever the evidence,like "global warming...and cooling,is caused by sunspot activity,and its effects on cosmic rays." or"the---tiny ---increase in co2.is the result of gas burn off from a warmer sea."ignore the scaremongers,take ordinary care and have your life. do not end up like john betjeman,the poet who ,when asked if there was anything he regretted at the end of his long life ,said"only that i did not sin enough when i was young."
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  • also reminded of brendan behan ,one of the two celtic meteorites,who advised "stand up to yer conscience like a man,dont let it rule ye altogether!"
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  • Thank you guys. I finally did my HIV tests a few weeks ago - two tests actually and both were negative. Thank you a whole lot. But now I am about to go for full medicals.I also had what the doctor thot was acute diarrhea and I am better now. However I do feel this pain in the right side of my midsection - not enough to cause much discomfort but enough to sometimes distract.As for the Staph infection (MRSA) possibility, i did have some acne on my forehead - gone now though. My only worry now is the ringing sensation just under my ears - a bit close - i think - to my lymph nodes.I am going for my within the week.Regards
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  • hi - my father in law has had the type of cough you describe for a while and he was just finally diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis - it's hard to diagnose and not often even looked for, so i wanted to mention it, cause that dry persistent cough is the main clue on that one. if you still haven't rec'd a diagnosis, please see a pulmonologist and ask them to test you for this - and best of luck to you!
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  • I also am having continuious coughing throughout the day. I had the flu 7 days ago on Friday (5/23) and it started turning into this persistent coughing around Saturday(5/24). Today is Friday May 30th and have taken only Robutussin DM Cough and cough drops. Do I need to go to the doctor for this? Any home remedies? Please respond back at my email ASAP! duyster1@yahoo.com
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  • Hi there , im so happy to hear that you tested negativenow for my storywhile in spain i had oral sex with 3 hookers. but to my shame i could not force a ******n. a litte any way.now 4 months later. i had a little fever for 2 days nothing serious and a horrible dry cough. i also have which appears to be yeast spots on the tip of my penis. I am just really scared and am goin to go for a test to put my mind at ease . what are the chances i have picked up the you know wat. i hate saying it. i dunno if its because of what ive read up on. but im thinking to myself im feeling tired. the cough last 2 days or so again could be paranoia . i smoke a lot maybe 20 a day it could be down to that i keep telling myself. could some one give me some answers to ease my mind. i know the only way is to take the test which i will.other things i am going to the toilet alot. and these symtoms are often the same as with diabetics. i hope its that one. .
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 12, 2008
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