Thanks. That's encouraging. I know that a few days before the geo tongue my anxiety was at it's highest - I think because I was approaching the 12 week point which I thought of as the point when I could actually do reliable testing. When I say my anxiety was high I mean it was off the chart, like I was going insane. I believe geo tongue has been associated with anxiety so that's a reasonable connection. Perhaps the other things are stress related as well. I consider myself OCD. More O than C but I've been known to do things like multiple checks on the stove before leaving the house, etc...
No, if anything a DILS type reaction would increase the onset of your antibody reactivity, not diminsh it. Not a concern. Please try not to worry, there is really no reason to. EWH
Thank you for the fast response. I erred in citing the Sjog incidence - it's 2 million so that's 1 in say 150 people but 90% are women so maybe 1 in 1500 men. The timing would also be quite a coincidence. But the math does still favor non- HIV. Curiosity - Would a DILS response to HIV mess with antibodies? My understanding is that it's an extreme autoimmne response involving CD8 cells but I'm wondering how that might relate to or impact the normal immune responses. Thanks for your help and dedication.
Welcome to our Forum and thanks for your thoughtful question. You need to believe your test results. The symptoms you describe are non-specific and uncommon but not nearly as uncommon as HIV. As a heterosexual male your risk of HIV overall is less than 1 in 10,000 (as opposed to say Sjogrens which involves 2% (i.e. 1 in 50) of the population. Furthermore, the exposure you describe is very, very low risk as well. Please remember, most CSWs do not have HIV and even if your partner did, your risk from a single episode of vaginal intercourse is only 1 infection per 1,000 sex acts. With a condom the risk, again, if she was infected, goes to 1 in a million or less.
Bottom line, the risk of the encounter you describe is essentially zero and your test result confirms this. there really is no need for further testing. If your symptoms really trouble you , you should see a medical professional to sort this out but HIV should not be part of the worry. On the other hand, sometimes after an exposure that, in retrospect, one wishes they had not had, persons tend to examine themselves and be far more attuned to genital sensations than in periods when they are not concerned. This in turn leads to noticing what turn out to be normal sensations that might have been not noticed or ignored at other times. Perhaps this was a contributor to your situation.
I hope this comment is helpful to you. EWH