[Question #729] Could it be HIV? - Followup

55 months ago
Hi, 

At this point all the docs are thinking I am going crazy. You are probably right. Unfortunately it has been just 2 weeks since my last encounter and I can't get tested to get over it. I was almost assured that since it was protected I am safe from HIV but then the following happened on last Friday.


Woke up with a sore throat, nothing extreme but more like an irritation. Then I later during the day I started feeling nasal congestion. Sneezed a multiple times. I started taking DayQuil and Halls to keep my throat from bothering me but the nasal congestion is there. It got better when I slept over the weekend but when I would wake up in the morning I would feel good for a few hours and then the nasal congestion came back. Halls keeps my sore throat in check. There is definitely some mucus/pleghm. I felt tired during the day, but not so much that I can't continue my chores. Just would prefer to sleep.

Today is Monday and I woke up feeling great but then a few hours later the nasal congestion started and I felt a little cold. There  is definitely some irritation in my throat. And I do feel a little tired, I can get by but if my boss didn't mind I'd go home and sleep it a little. The feeling I get it that if I slept for like 8 hours I'd wake up perfectly fine.

Does the above sound like ARS? I was almost convinced it was not HIV after talking to Dr HH last time, please see my last 2 questions and convinced myself I was good and can move on. But then this happened and my mind is spinning again,

I don't plan to have any more escort encounters. The anxiety is not worth it plus I am in a relationship. Can I still move on or is this new information going to change the advice about testing for HIV? I need closure but I can't test since its been only 2 weeks since my last encounter.

I apologize for bugging you but most of us come here because we have no where else to go. I can't discuss this with friends or family and this is the only resort. Hence I very much appreciate the effort 
55 months ago
Actually now I don't feel tired. I can work normally except for the nasal congestion and minor cough with some mucus. I'm starting to feel pretty good about this but need a confirmation from an expert.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
55 months ago
Welcome back the the forum.

Your symptoms do not sound at all like ARS, which does not cause sneezingor nasal congestion; and sore throat is rarely if ever the only symptom. These symptoms have nothing to do with your sexual encounter 2 weeks previously. You caught a cold. This information does not change our previous advice.

Best wishes--  HHH, MD
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55 months ago
So, a final question and then I'll put this all behind me. Assuming 2 weeks ago was my last ever encounter with an escort. All future encounters are with my gf who is hiv negative and that will be only partner for the foreseeable future should I test at all for HIV in future or just put all of this behind me.

The reason I'm asking is that even though my relationship is pretty young it's going so good that we both have talked about getting engaged and eventually getting married. I don't see myself as a person who'd cheat on someone I love so is any further testing recommend?

My gf has been tested negative for all std and I am her only partner. She has had no other partners.

What would be your recommendation at this point in terms for hiv risk and testing?
Thank your very much! I'm saying this with as much gratitude as I can muster. You and all others out there are helping people in ways others can't even imagine.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
55 months ago
Many couples in new relationships find it mutually beneficial and reassuring for both to be tested for HIV and common STDs, and sometimes an indication of intmacy. Since your gf has already been tested, perhaps she would like it if you do so, i.e. have blood tests for HIV and syphilis and a urine test for gonorrhea and chlamydia. But I see this as a relationship issue, not one of medical necessity. For all the reasons discussed in your previous threads and this one, you don't need testing on account of your recent escort exposures.

Thanks for the thanks about our services. Best wishes in your new relationship.

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55 months ago
Thank you, I am not worried about my HIV risk anymore thanks to you. In your opinion, if I do get tested as a display of intimacy which my gf doesn't require what would be a good time?

While posting the question I noticed that the forum says "asha and partners do not provide medical advice". Though the advice you provided is strictly medical in nature. Though I am content with your advice, the reason I ask is I plan to recommend this site to a quite a lot of people, specially students in university who     Proficient in English and from 3rd world countries and have very little knowledge about these issues and risks. They have not gone through any sexEd classes and instead of getting misinformation from other places I'd rather have them go to a source like yours. Can you please comment on this? I'm not questioning your expertise at all, just making sure I have a response if someone asks me why should I trust this site.
55 months ago
Also I am a software engineer by profession, specializing in web related technologies. As a token of my thanks, if you need to expand these services or need technical expertise for any reason please feel free to contact me. I will do my best to help this service without any cost.  I know Wordpress isn't the most reliable blogging engine ;)
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
55 months ago
We provide general medical advice and help people understand their medical situations in regard to STDs, HIV, and risks for them. We don't provide direct medical care, do not diagnose anything, and do not prescribe treatment. As it says very clearly in the forum's introductory pages, any and all medical decisions should fall to people's personal physicians. We are very happy to correct anyone's misunderstandings or poor knowledge of these issues, and would be grateful for any referral you care to make. However, people who choose to follow whatever advice they receive here do so at their own risk and responsibility. Pretty much the same disclaimers that exist for all online medical advice forums or websites.

Thanks again for your confidence in our services. Best wishes and stay safe.


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