Considering it was a 'no to low risk exposure', why are you even asking the question? If the exposure had no realistic chance of HIV acquisition, your symptoms cannot be due to HIV. None of the symptoms you describe sounds like HIV and you have been reassured by health professional. Follow up with your provider if you remain concerned.
Good luck-- HHH, MD
has the Doctor gotten tired of answering our questions or something?
also mild headach after 13th day, now seem to have faint red spots all over stomach and chest no pain or sensation there, same spots as on side but side is tender feels lik sunburn shirt irritates it, rt arm in front of elbow has same sensation, seems to have gotten worse not better since stopping lexapro( 1 week ago) no other symptoms at this time, just very worried about this rash situation that hurts in some spots and not others, thank you for your help and advice Dr H
farfromperfect: Jeez, he's been answering every day. The guy's a saint, but he's not sitting there, monitoring this board 24/7. Give the poor guy a chance, sheesh. Maybe he's traveling.
t50: What did your doctor say about this rash? Judging by your anxiety, and the fact that your doctor specifically told you that your lymph nodes weren't swollen, I'm sure you pointed it out to him/her. I don't think anyone can guess what it might be online, although I bet it's either a mild skin reaction to something new (soap, detergent, whatever), or you're just paying too close attention to normal bodily sensations and appearance. My guess is the latter.
I mainly wanted to say something about this Lexapro thing. Lexapro is prescribed for depression and *anxiety*, which sounds like the real problem here. If you had samples, then at some point someone prescribed this for you (or someone you know--but I hope the former). Why aren't you taking it regularly? SSRIs aren't something you can just take for a couple of days and expect a difference--while you usually start to feel better in a few days, you need to take 'em for at least a couple of weeks to a month to get the full therapeutic benefits.
So my suggestion would be to either fill that prescription, or maybe better yet, go back to your doctor and have him/her reassess your situation. You may find that you do better on another antidepressant, who knows. And if you didn't fill the prescription because of money/lack of insurance, you might ask your doctor about a generic. Among others, there's citalopram (Celexa), which is the predecessor to Lexapro. While I truly hate to throw any business Walmart's way, it is one of those $4 generics...
rash appeared after i saw dr, thought maybe lexapro caused night sweat and rash so quit taking it, its over a week since stopped and rash is worse or definately not better
just received 4 week test results of negative, how effective is 4 week test
4 weeks is not conclusive, most people seroconvert between 6-12 weeks, I choose personally 8 weeks as a median to calm my fears down, CDC advise 3 months to be definitive, you could go with thge CDC or u can test at 6-8weeks. Here is a link that explains ARS based on a study. Hope this help.
That is simply not true. Most people seroconvert by 4 weeks. The vast majority in fact.
Even the CDC says that most people will seroconvert between 2 and 8 weeks.
Your claim that most people seroconvert between 6 and 12 weeks is simply false.
sorry bout that, what i meant was seroconvert between 2-8 weeks, any test taken between 6-12 weeks should be conclusive