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how soon for first outbreak?

just curious if you were exposed to herpes how long would it take for a first outbreak?
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Probably somewhere in the 2- to 20-day range. If you don't have symptoms within a week, you can probably safely assume you weren't infected. You certainly don't have herpes from that story you told us about earlier. Even HIV is a stretch. I'd stop worrying about all of it if I were you.

Your biggest take-home point with the escapade you mentioned should probably be to avoid getting involved in physical violence. There is not only physical and emotional blowback to that kind of violence, as you are experiencing, but there can be legal implications as well, and I'm sure you don't want to go there, either.
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well i was assaulted i didnt start it. the guy tried to mug me. he was a street junkie from the streets of san jose costa rica. that is the reason im so scared not to mention that i swear he said something about aids in spanish called it sida. turns out when i went to the red cross the police called and this guy had stabbed three other people within the hour.he was all bloddied up from his previous assaults. so that is why im so scared about hiv. im moving back to the states for awhile and am going to get tested up there.
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Well, here in the States, folks are pretty violent too. The U.S. is one of the most violent societies on the planet. But don't take my word for it. Just reading the stats on gun violence in this country will convince you.

Even if the guy were HIV-positive and you got his blood on you does not mean you will be infected. You need to do some reading up on how HIV is transmitted. You would not only need to be exposed to HIV (which you don't even know he had), but you would have to be exposed to sufficient amounts of the virus entering your bloodstream to infect you and overwhelm your immune system. One encounter in a mugging is highly unlikely to do that.
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well i have read everything there is to read. the knife cut was deep and i know blood got in there. and as we were wrestling he kept spitting blood into my eyes nose and mouth. plus i scrapped my knuckles up real good and had some road rash on my arms from it besides the knife wound. So yeah im pretty freaked out about it. i know the chances arent high but there is a definite chance if he had it which he seemed to mention it as he was running off. ive read it can be transmitted thru mucous membranes eyes, nose and mouth and thru open wounds. i hope im okay but trust me i havent slept much these months.
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I forgot what the outer time limit is on HIV testing. Is it 3 months, or 6? Anyway, I would get that done for sure, but I think you'll be fine. If you can't sleep, call your doc and get some meds to help you sleep. Don't they have free health care down there? (unlike the U.S.) If you are so freaked out you can't function, then get something to calm you down.
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im already on xanax from this ordeal. yeah they have free health care but my spanish is not the best. and if im going to get tested i want to be prepared to talk to the doctors clearly when i get the results god forbid they are bad. well thanks for your input. have a good night...
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im already on xanax from this ordeal. yeah they have free health care but my spanish is not the best. and if im going to get tested i want to be prepared to talk to the doctors clearly when i get the results god forbid they are bad. well thanks for your input. have a good night...
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