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HELP! Chlamydia or HIV?!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 24, 2013
  • 10:08 PM

I have been celibate for a number of years. Never gotten STD testing UNTIL having a one night stand in Oct. After having protected vaginal sex for the first time in a while (received unprotected oral) - I experienced major pain during the intercourse and had blood on the sheets. An hour later, major loss of blood, what seemed more like a period (3 more days prior to my cycle).

About a month later, I developed flu like symptoms (fever, sweating), my joints swelled up and the joint pain was severe, all over my body. My doctor suggest I get an HIV test, and that was negative. I did a blood test on rheumatoid arthritis, which turned out negative too. At the time, I was also on an antibiotic, doxycycline for 2 weeks, so the doctor thought I was having a reaction from the antibiotic. Took steroids and the swelling/joint pain subsided. It lasted for a week, but gone within 2 days after the steroids.

Another month went by, I had unprotected sex with a different partner. A partner I'm in a relationship with and one I trust. I began to notice spotting on sheets and between my cycle. Burning sensation when urinating and had yellow/green vaginal discharge. It was then I went in for an STD test and found out I have Chlamydia.

I researched online, Chlamydia is associated with reactive arthritis, which sounds like what I was experiencing with the excruciating joint pain after my one night stand. (but I thought the chance of of catching it with protected sex would be slim?)… I'm still within my 3 month window to get another test for HIV. Given that i had HIV symptoms within that month (flu like symptoms), is it possible that the blood test wouldn't have shown up as positive yet? Or it's probably only Chlamydia that I caught? I first associated catching the STD with my unprotected partner - however with the severe joint pain, is there a chance that if I contracted Chlamydia or HIV through protected vaginal sex or unprotected oral sex during the one night stand? I did not have any unusual spotting between the two partners (for a month). Chlamydia don't always have symptoms, but either I recently caught it or it just decided to flare up after all these years?

Help, and concern for my partner as well.. If I am at risk of HIV…

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