Another addition. I have lost about 2-3lbs in a week. No way to check back with the couple as I live in Asia and this happened when I was visiting Scotland last month. I am so stressed, I cant sleep at all. What do I do? Please help with some answers.
You really should be posting on the anxiety forum here because every one of your symptoms is classic severe anxiety/panic attacks. You had a slight risk from the broken condom, but the chances are highly unlikely that your partners are infected. If they are HIV negative then there's no risk of catching anything. Most people when asked are truthful about their status because there's no benefit to lying about it.
I think you need to calm down and treat your anxiety symptoms. I think you also need to take an HIV test and collect your sure to be negative results and move on with your life. Fear of taking the test is a stupid reason not to get tested. You're literally prolonging your anxiety for no reason.
This is getting too annoying (and also scary). I noticed that I usually eat 4 meals a day and have quite an appetite. But I'm not able to eat even less than half a meal 2 times and I feel so heavy and full and don't even have place in the system to drink water.
To contradict that, I'm still going to the toilet 2-3 times a day. So didn't make any sense why I'm feeling full and nauseated after even eating a little bit (even though I don't even feel hungry).
I've lost 3lbs now and I'm still in an emotional rollercoaster thinking I have hiv and then thinking for few minutes that is highly unlikely. Then I'm back to seeing all the symptoms taking over and I start freaking out. Ah why'd it have to be one full week of waiting for results!!
Not to mention I'll have to get another one in 3 months to be definitely assured.
Can others also share some light on my worry?
Three key points:
1. As stated earlier, your symptoms are certainly anxiety driven,none of it seems specific to HIV ARS. Refrain from reading about HIV symptoms on the internet, you are clearly imagining what you are reading on to your self.
2. Your risk was very low, it is observed that for a male to contract this virus from a female partner through vaginal intercourse, it usually takes multiple exposures.Your exposure was brief, can't be classified as a one time full unprotected exposure, you were only unprotected for moments during the time your condom failed. I would also focus on the reassurance provided by your partner,most people won't lie in such situation.
3. Your guilt is the driving factor behind your paranoia right now, please seek counseling to address the issue from it's core.
Get test at 28 days with a IV Generation HIV test and move on. I anticipate a negative.
What was the name of your test? This is not difficult to know. If you are unsure, call the place where you took it or your doctor's office and ask specifically. If it is 4th generation, you are finished and have no reason to test further. If not, then a test at 3 months is advised. But remember, if you have a one time exposure with an HIV+ person, the risk is extremely low of less than 2 percent transmission. If the person is not HIV+, the risk is zero. So, keep your low risk in mind.