I am 27. I was passing through a rough patch in life. That day I was drunk too much and went on to have sex with a sex worker. It was my first time. During the intercourse, the condom broke. I only realised this when my penis came out. So I do not know how much time it was broken. Maybe a few seconds to maybe 3-4 minutes. I tried to calm myself down and was fine for some days. Felt very bad, guilty and depressed on doing so.
During the third week after possible exposure, one night I was drunk heavily and slept without taking a bedsheet or quilt above me. It was changing season, night went on to be colder. Next morning I woke up with a mild cold. A little sore throat, Very mild fever. I took a medicine CETRIZINE a couple of nights and I was fine. This fever, cold, sore throat lasted for 2-3 days. I also had a little Diarrhea for 2-3 days while I recovered, I took the medicine DEPENDAL M (Eve-Morning-Eve) and it was fine. Before the day of diarrhea, I ate something fried in very little quantity. Not sure if it could explain that.
But after this, I started thinking too much. Already used to have mood swings and depressed feeling due to some issues in relationship. My drinking frequency increased to 4-5 nights a week. I tried to be with friends in eve and try to enjoy. But at heart, I have been going more and more into depression and anxiety.
During the 8th week after exposure, I see a pimple or mosquito bite kind of spot on my Jaw line on face. When touched or pressed it felt to itch/pain a bit. I don’t know if this was a rash or not, was round and visible and went away in more than 2 weeks. It significantly added to my worries. In the 9th week, I see a less than half an inch rash on my abdomen. It was not raised, not itchy, no pain, a reddish line. Been there for around 10 days and seems to be fading. Till now I was drinking alcohol almost regularly at night. Now I tried reducing it and did not drink over last 4 days (11th week).
Around the end of the 10th week, I started feeling itching in hands, had to rub the fingertips and got little raised spots after that. It has lasted for 3-4 days and this feeling is also going away. In a couple of days of this itching, I see another rash, raised, mosquito bite like, round, reddish on my abdomen opposite to the one I have had earlier. It’s visible, round, reddish, raised, non-itchy. An hour before seeing this rash I was at a washroom with many mosquitos but the area where this rash is was covered.
Now yesterday I noticed some kind of mild spots, redness on my palms. These are not directly on skin, but rather underneath. At some places, they are there where I rubbed earlier, at some I think I did not rub. Today morning they were less. But still some are there.
I did not have any other symptoms, no muscle ache or anything. Didn’t feel any issue with lymph nodes. I was trying to lose weight before this incident but rather have ended up gaining weight even more than the 3-4 KGs I lost at gym which could be due to excess drinking and eating at night over the past couple of months. I do used to have a nauseatic feeling at times during the day. Even than when I used to eat, I used to like it. And while night, while I used to drink and eat, I just enjoyed eating and didn’t feel anything like that. When I think I am nausiatic, I feel so. When I think I am fine, I feel fine.
One more thing which worries me is that the sex worker, that day was having cold and fever, flu-like symptoms.
I will get tested for HIV and all other STDs at 3 months but I am very nervous and worried. Hope everything comes fine but I am very very worried. Education going to finish in 15 days. Got a new job. My biggest fear is that my mother will break if it happens to me. She raised me alone after my dad expired when I was 6 months old and its only we both who have each other. I was so irresponsible to do this act. I feel guilty and depressed.
My queries are:
1. Various forums say rashes usually appear in 2-4 weeks. And they also use the wording, “Rashes will show up in HIV positive people at some stage”. So can these rashes, between 8-10th week be related to it?
2. Can anxiety, depression and alcoholism be reasons for some or all of these rashes?
3. Can reducing alcoholism be another reason for itching on hands, or some rashes?
4. Do my symptoms relate to or indicate some STD(s).
5. What does it all looks like?
Thank U so much for the prompt response. Helps ease stress.
I just forgot to add. In the beginning, that is the first week or maybe till second one, I used to have a very minute itchy feeling inside my penis. While peeing, I used to feel something is getting cleaned from inside and felt good, something one might feel by rubbing on an itchy place. Could this be related to some STD or HIV? I don’t have this feeling after the first few days again.
Also, I read at various places that the rashes from HIV are likely to appear on TRUNK, FACE, HANDS and FEET. The two rashes I mention on my Stomach fit the pattern. So I am very worried?
The face ones could be something else, but I have almost never got anything like that on the trunk area before these 2. Also some skin (guess dead skin) on my finger tips peeled off after I rubbed a bit earlier. Something what could have happened otherwise, and have happened earlier. So it doesn’t worry me.
The worry is for the HAND rashes (the ones on the PALM area) is that they seemed similar to one of the rash pictures I saw at some site (http://byebyedoctor.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/hiv-rash-on-hands.jpg ). My rashes are a little similar to the ones in this picture, but I only have a very few at the palm area (no itching or irritation), no peeling off skin at palm like there is on picture, only little peeling off in on fingertips as mentioned earlier. I observed them the day before yesterday. They looked more prominent then, less yesterday and even lesser today. They are not properly visible, One of the site also said that the rashes on hand palms could not even be visible. I don’t think I have seen similar rashes earlier on my hands. This worries me a lot?
Nothing on the feet, any other part on body, no ulcers in mouth gives me reassurance. But even than the two trunk rashes and fading ones on hand palms give me lot of stress and worry?
I would like to repeat that I am in the 11th week of possible exposure and will test on 3 months. This was my first sex encounter and was with a sex worker during which the condom broke. I ejaculated inside her, unknowingly. Also, she was not worried. The sex worker was having some fever and cold, which are flu like symptoms and worries me if she might have been recently infected.
A very worried man... Hope to feel better...
Would like to add... I had diarrhea but very mild for last couple of days. I am otherwise a foodie, but since last many a days, I dont feel like eating much. I think my eating capacity has gone a little down...
I also think that my hair have become little weaker... Not sure but maybe have lost a little hair as well... Could this be HIV or some STD related?
I am quite certain that the rashes on my stomach are not by mosquitoes... Worried...???
For the hand rashes... they look very mild... they come and go on the palm... some are there for a little longer but again very mild... any STD or HIV related?
I also had a pimple on my nose few days back... I just started having a feeling, its not the usual kind of pimple which I get otherwise...
All the rash related symptoms I have mentioned appeared between 8-11th week...
Feeling of not wanting to eat much has been there since quit long but have been otherwise eating a lot especially at night with drinks and gained some weight...
Shall I completely ignore the 3-4 days of mild cold with very mild fever and accompanied dairriah which came in the 3rd week of possibel exposure(as mentioned in 1st post)... It all lasted for 3-4 days... Took medicine as mentioned in 1st post...
Thanx for the response Teak.
sorry to bother you guys again but this thing is really driving me crazy. I had a mild diarreah for 2-3 days which is almost gone now on taking medicine DEPENDAL M. But I m getting worried due to a sore throat I got yesterday. I was relaxed and didn't relate this to ARS and kept my cool. As I along with 3 other frenz went for a movie on 29th night. it was excruciatingly cold in there. I felt I might catch cold or something. Yesterday I along with one other fren had a sore throat. we both took AZITHROMYCIN late night. Usually I always wake up better whenever I take an antibiotic for sore throat. but today I was in deep pain when I woke. no improvement. rather it had worsen. my fren was better though. just minutes back I googled and found antibiotics work on bacterial issue and might not work when sore throat is due to a virus. this again took me to deep worry. m loosing it. could thus be due to HIV?
It's been 85 days today. waiting for the week to take the test. very very worried for the test.
Thanx for responding Lizzie Lou.
I cannot go for a test until few more days.
1. I am too scared to go for it.
2. I am into the last phase of my post graduate degree giving final examination. Lot of study and Hard work required for this week. A bad result might even affect my examination results more.
Posting here gives me a little satisfaction n a feeling that someone is listening. This the only place I could share what I have been going thru.
Anyways. I dont have any fever, aches or anything. Took the second tablet of Azithromycin couple of hrs back. I think the throat has gone little better with less or minute pain in the right side and I think even the pain on left side is less. hope the antibiotic shows some results.
Thank U guys so much for the responses... I just got tested and got a negative result... Its done at 86 days... U guys are really doing a wonderful job... Concluding the post... For the last time I think I have the liberty to ask a couple of silly questions... Hope U guys dont mind...
1. Have been taking antibiotics and another medicine (Citrizine) for last couple of days... Feeling a lot better throat now... Can any medication impact results?
2. Do I need to get tested at 6 months. Or shall 86 days be considered conclusive?
3. Do I need to test for any STDs. I had 2 rashes from 8-10 week in stomach. A little feeling of not wanting to eat too much (compared to my usual capacity). No pain or itching or anything on genitals, no mouth ulcers etc.
Anyways, It was always a sigh of relief posting here... Hope this disease vanishes one day... Reading too much online about it gets one paranoid... Others worried... Pls just go for test... and stop surfing... God Bless Alll...'
Had sex with a women, with condom but broke i found atlast..sex last long for 4 mins...feeling very sacered of being affected by aids or not...
Its been 6th month is running...i didnt tested yet....
What are the possibilities of getting aids from her...........
Wishtobehealthy , first congrat on your negative test
god bless and keep you safe :)
i have one question though , what was the thing causing the rash and the joint/muscle pain , i'am kinda in a similiar situation i have done the test at 7 weeks and it came negative , though at 9-10 weeks i'am having body rash which i cannot explain and some musles and joint pain with no itching , it's weird .
can you clarify what was causing the rash ? was it stress which i'am very stressed
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