We've already addressed the HIV risk and told you about testing. You are asking a bunch of "what if" questions. That is anxiety talking.
With a 7 week negative, you actually have a far BETTER chance of not being infected than you do of being infected. Of course this is anxiety producing, but that will serve as a reminder later for you, to be careful from now on and insist on condoms so you never have to endure this again.
If your anxiety is that out of control, then you need to seek professional help for that. It will help you to endure the next few weeks until you can finally put this behind you.
Yes, you had a risk, but remember, HIV is not an easy virus to transmit. It requires basically a set of near perfect circumstances to allow for infection, and a one time exposure is not a guarantee you got HIV. Like I said, your test is very reassuring, and each negative you get will drastically reduce the odds that you are infected.
Get yourself some help for the anxiety, but we won't keep going back and forth with you about the HIV risk, it will only fuel your anxiety, it won't help you in any way. Don't put the cart before the horse, you just may get through this just fine, and your negative at 7 weeks is a promising sign that that may be the case.
Thanks nurse but what if it's because I caught multiple infections that night and my immune system is working hard. Or it is because the virus is very progressive. I did some research about my joints andapparently HIV affects the joints, muscles as nerves and causes neurological symptoms which is what I may be feeling. It literally feels ike my muscles are burning and I have never had it before. It comes and goes. Along with my joints. This is fuelling my anxiety because once I calm down I then feel that and its like a reminder of HIV or of the night which I cant forget. I'm sick of not laughing, sick of not sleeping, sick of not living and If i'm positive i'm literally gonna be a dead man walking and alone again. It took me19 years to come out of the closet. 19 whole years of secrets, lies, guilt, self hatred. I only got mylife to lose it again and now i will be in the closet with HIV. What if it causes me to be para, disabled with its neurological symptoms. Or the syptoms become noticeable i can't even hide it. I think i may have had more than one infection which delayed the detection of HIV.
More then 1 infection like whatelse? Nothing is going to delay HIV. Reread what Nursegirl wrote. BELIEVE IT.
"what if....what if...what if...."
Let your tests speak for themselves.
The kinds of symptoms you are saying you read about that are consistent with HIV occur late in infection, in advanced stages, after an AIDS Dx has been made.
Get yourself that help, there is nothing more we can say about HIV. Do yourself a favor and stay off the web. It isn't helping you.
Hepatits C or A, Herpes or some unknown disease.
I got tested at 5 weeks but Gohnorea, Chlamydia came as negative but i have no symptoms for them.
Going through HIV websites will do your head in and turn into a nightmare,don't do it because no 2 websites have the same information.This is what has caused people so much stress and anxiety.Your test results are fully conclusive,if you can't accept this fact then you need anxiety therapy.All the best.
I know but then i read that muscle aches and joint pain are early symptoms in ARS when you get the fever. Along with a rash which I have. I'll admit I have no fever yet and the muscle and joint pain comes and goes throughout the day. It is sudden and I have felt wierd in my spine before. It may be later on but seriously this is the big symptom of ARS i have felt. Burning muscle and mildly aching finger joints, arm joints, knee at times. The feelings change position of my body at random times like it will be my knee, then my fingers, its never a whole ache in my body. I do have a macopapular rash which my Doctor thought was Heat Rash but it clearly isnt and i heard heat rash is similar to that rash. I cant have HIV i have too much to loose!
Sorry,Highly unlikely that a 7 week negative will change at 12 weeks.Expect another negative result.
Are you sure 49 days is enough. What on earth is the symptoms then. I was very high risk coupled with these coincidental symptoms afterwards. If i am negative then what else can explain it. I didnt suddenly get growing pains for the first time in my life aftr a high risk exposure to HIV. Do you get what I mean? I will test at exactly 2 months tomorrow/wednesday as I have now reached the 2 month mark. Feb 12- April 11. The muscle aches are very persistant and joint pains and their accompanied with a mild headache/tension feeling in my head which is so generalised i can't describe it or even feel it.
Test results are all that count when diagnosing HIV,sysmptoms are to vague unless you are getting really high fevers around 2 to 4 weeks after infection.A 49 day negative is excellent with todays modern tests but a negative at 90 days will put this matter to bed once and for all.
You have yourself pretty worked up over this and I can understand you.
My personal experience with the fear of infection caused all the same symptoms you are talking about here. I had them all including a really high fever. My fever was 104!!! for 5 days. Yet it has been a year and I am clean. HIV neg for life.
Move your questions to the anxiety forum you my find others in the same situation as yourself.
Stress can casue all your symptoms. Try to calm down and get active. Go work out and jog or a long walk each day.
Best of luck to you, however I know that untill you see a neg test at 90 days you may still freak out. Just try your hardest to overcome your fears.
Take care and stay safe. Most of all, no more unprotected sex untill you are sure of your status. :)