MSM story, first and only risky sexual experience. 20yo African American male. No previous health problems.
I performed unprotected penile oral sex (fellatio) on (met from craigslist ad) 50yo white male stranger 9 weeks ago with ejaculation (spit some/swallow some) with intact mouth no ulcers/sores present, though I am a smoker and may have gingivitis (not sure, i don't floss). Then used mouthwash about 10 minutes after, spitting every chance on my way to the store before getting it.
Stranger had originally said they were drug & disease free and when asked twice after reassured me both times. No discharge/sores or anything suspicious just a very foul urine-type smell.
Now I won't even start the list.
Of course I had many "symptoms"
But don't we all?
Isn't THAT why we're all here?
Short story I never had a true fever, nor extremely sore throat, or have vomited, or had lymph nodes, or even a flu pretty much. But I was sure everything else happening with my body was 100% HIV infection.
Anxiety caused me to start PEP (truvada/isentress) 39-40 hours after exposure, which I stayed on for 28 days. Sure. Drinking, smoking what not.
Though primarily i was very clean and eating very well for the first two weeks of PEP.
I had herpes blood tests and mouth swabs for oral chlamydia/gonorrhea as well as urine tests for chlamydia & gonorrhea 10 days post exposure/little over a week on PEP:
At Kaiser I took (I assume) ELISA 3rd gen antibody blood test at baseline (before PEP), & 4 weeks post exposure while on PEP with a day left:
At the 4 week visit (1 DAY LEFT OF PEP) I was also blood tested for syphilis and hepatitis along with herpes, & urine tests for chlamydia & gonorrhea:
At 5 weeks (one week post PEP) I took more mouth swabs this time for oral chlamydia, gonorrhea and strept:
I bought an Oraquick saliva test from walgreens at 6 weeks post exposure/2 weeks post PEP:
About a week (7 weeks post exposure/3 weeks post PEP) or so later bought the same Oraquick test:
About 8 weeks post exposure/4 weeks post PEP I took blood tests for
Hep A B & C:
Urine tests for
& HIV 1&2 DUO 4th GEN Ab/Ag blood test:
HIV 1 RNA:
How in the clear am I?
I will test again for Kaiser's follow up at 3 months post exposure/2 months post PEP. I believe they use a 3rd gen 1&2 antibody test.
I will use the saliva Oraquick test at 4 months post exposure/3 months post PEP.
And will conclude testing with 3rd gen ab at Kaiser's follow up at 6 weeks post exposure/5 weeks post PEP.
After my 8 week test results its pretty simple. I no longer test to prove infection, but to disprove infection - though I'm only human, and have my doubts.
But I trust my results.
Instead of convincing myself I still have HIV, can I safely convince myself otherwise?
I'm ready to move on.