HIV Prevention :: Information Regarding Symptoms
Aug 15, 2015
I and other volunteers see a lot of posts regarding symptoms after an exposure. Some are minor such as a rash or a swollen node to "HIV like" such as a cluster of fever, sore throat, sores and body aches. Keep this in mind that as humans we are covered or exposed to germs, common viruses, and fungus which we all carry. This is called the "the biome" which is the invisible part of our environment. When we have sexual contact with somebody or their body fluids we expose each other to these organisms and our body reacts accordingly to fend off these invaders sometimes making us feel ill or display manifestations of symptoms. Stress and anxiety post exposure contribute to this since chronic stress decreases the immune system and makes us more susceptible to common infections. But what about the rashes? One may ask. Stress and anxiety causes the "fight or flight" response in our bodies causing release of cortisol which causes itchy rashes on the skin. Cortisol rashes are also called "hives" can be be similar to rashes found in STDs and can be frightening when they occur, (Ive been there). Allergic reactions also play a part. Also, sometimes the timing of exposure and illness is purely coincedental. Finally, if you have had a high risk exposure- when in doubt, test out.
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As far as I know, there is not ETD cure, yet. I am interested in finding one. I am a Caucasian 34 year old man living in Santa Clara, CA. I have a BA in Psychology and work in a Neuroscience Lab. I was diagnosed with ETD a year ago. I have been suffering from it for 17 years. 13 years ago I had a bought of Bulimia that lasted for about a year. I had Anorexia Nervosa as an adolescent. I was given the maximum dose of testosterone to boost me through puberty since Anorexia was preventing it. Soon after I abused alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and various other drugs until 2005. I believe all these factors have contributed to my ETD. I was diagnosed with OCD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder two years ago and have been taking Effexor (Venlafaxine) to cope. An Ear, Nose, Throat doctor (currently called Head and Neck surgeon in US) prescribed me Flunisolide (corticosteroid) to reduce ETD inflammation. It seems to help a little, but it is certainly not a cure, even when used for a significant period of time (i.e. 3 weeks).
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My ETD has been recently aggravated by my attempts to remove pimples and skin tags, which may be a symptom of OCD. Has anyone else experienced this situation? Numerous doctors say there is no connection between the skin abrasions and ETD, but they obviously don't have ETD.
Primarily, I am asking for information regarding ETD. I need to know the statistics of ETD so that I can develop a valid research proposal. Health organizations neglect to respond to my questions. It seems that most biological research is involved in diseases such as cancer and heart disease, which is great. But, as I am sure that anyone reading this knows, Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is a debilitating disease that hinders one's ability to live to their fullest potential. As I have recently graduated with a Bachelors degree. I am researching what my next step will be. I am strongly leaning towards statistics and data mining, since that is a much needed position in all research fields.
I am looking for information on the number of people with ETD worldwide and specific to certain regions. A timeline of ETD cases in these regions. Research groups, Academic and Professional, that are researching ETD. Research groups that are investigating ETD from the Neuroscience and/or Ear, Nose, Throat (Head and Neck surgery) perspective. Any other information is helpful as well, especially your own personal accounts of ETD. Please share your history, as much as you care to disclose, so that I can begin to develop an etiology of ETD.
I have read many of the other discussions on ETD and recognize that many of you are suffering and I certainly empathize with you all. I am still trying to decide if my anxiety disorders are the result of ETD, my ETD the result of my anxiety disorders, if they are mutually intertwined, and/or if something else is going on. I very much hope to hear from you so that we may begin to develop a cure for ETD so that we may not be hindered by this ruthless malfunction.
Approx 3 months ago I had brief unprotected sex with a casual sex worker when the condom broke ... 1 min tops ... 3 days later I started getting tingly & wave feelings through my body accompanied by derealization headaches , feeling hot but no temp & nausea ... And just feeling unwell in general since then I have had full std test at 6 & 12 weeks all negative ... But still suffer from ongoing body ache , nausea & headaches & tingling feet ...
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MY Story started 2 years ago . I met a wonderful girl and we had both vaginal and anal sex. It wasnt until I finished we realized the condom has broken . After we found out she started crying and told me I needed to get checked . I ran away from relationships and sex life for 2 years because of fear because every 3 weeks or so it seemed I had another HIV symptom. Well I met an amazing girl got a test done professionally oraquick. Came back negative still scared but figured I tested welllll after the window period can I trust this can I live my life ?.is therw anything else it could be
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Recently i had protected vaginal sex with a csw for 2-3 minutes in Thailand, & i had shaved my pubic region just before 2 hours of having intercourse.
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Though i am sure condom did not break, i am fearing that shaving super facials cuts may transmit HIV to me even though after shaving there was no visible cuts / broken skin.
After this incident, i had rapid blood HIV tests at 8, 10,weeks & 3 months (88 days) which were all negative, but still after 10 weeks i am having mild sore throat, a little white tongue & diarrhea problems for more than 10 days.
please answer my question.
1) Have you heard of any person got hiv due to shaving pubic hairs before having sex?
2) Do you consider my 88 days HIV negative test conclusive? or i have to test again?
Risk: unprotected cunnilingus and protected vaginal sex (my oral health jacked up missing teeth and cavities )
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Symptoms: flu sore throat, white dry skin, black rash on arms, lymph nodes neck groin and armpits, white tongue, oral thrush, burning sensation back stomach lips groin and face, loose stool, dark colour urine, weight loss..
Test: 6 and 8 weeks antibody and antigen.. negative results
How accurate is hiv test at 8 weeks, I'm scared results would change when I test at 12 weeks because I'm still having a lot of symptoms including lymph nodes it driving me insane
I just want to start by saying I'm an 18 year old female and have made some mistakes. In mid July(almost 5.5 months ago) I had brief unprotected sex with someone I did not know (huge mistake). It was less than 30 seconds and he did not ejaculate inside me. I felt fine until around October where I began to get worried about having an STD. I went to the doc and they cleared me of any sti but would not do any blood work because I had tested negative 3 months ago. I tried to explain to them it had been exactly 3 months since the encounter so I wanted to be retested but they refused, even though there is a lab on site. So I went home and in November bought an oraquick oral swab test at Walgreens. At 127 day past the encounter I took the oral swab and it was negative. I was eating a little before the test so three days later I bought another at 130 days and it was also negative. After this I felt way less anxious and I was able to enjoy my thanksgiving and felt like my normal self again. About a week later I feel a swollen lymph node on the side of my neck. It's still there, and not painful. No sore throat no fever. I seem to be experiencing loose stools though. So 141 days post exposure I took another oraquick test and it was negative. This time I followed the instructions to a t. Still worried about lymph nodes took another at 147 days and it was negative as well. I just can't relax because of the swollen lymph nodes. The reason I haven't been back to the doc is because I go every 3 months for a depo shot. My next appointment will be 6 months after encounter and any blood work would be definitive. I know this is a long post, but I can't help it I feel so anxious and depressed. Is there any way these tests are not picking up the antibodies? Why swollen lymph nodes if I haven't been infected.
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I had unprotected sex this January 2014. I got tested in Kuwait for I think 25 days after exposure and hit negative. All these months, I never had any symptoms of ARS until last week (last days of October) which is a swollen lymph node located at the armpit. It is very small and cannot be seen by naked eye, but can be felt by touching. Its kind of painful but not those kinds that can make me a human shout ouch, and is located right of the pit considering you are looking in the right arm.
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Here's the detailed info:
1. Unprotected sex for just a few thrusts for i think a couple of mins.
2. The lady had a rash on her breast, which she didn't want me to see, but she claimed that it was caused by her pregnancy (the baby died).
3. Had a non-painful pimple at my scalp.
4. Was growing in weights rather than losing it, which is indicated by ARS.
My question is just as simple as this doc. What kind of tests are performed in Middle East countries, especially in Kuwait ? I heard that antibody tests are conclusive at 25 days. Can I trust the result which is negative? I cannot do a test again here because if I hit the plus mark, I'll be deported and get unemployed. I'm really bothered by this node.
And doc, if you have HIV and got swollen nodes symptoms, does it include the neck, armpits and groins in one hit? And is it identical to each sides? For example, a swollen node in the right pit will show a swollen node also in the left.
Please doc. I'm begging for your answers and I will wait. Please doc. Help me. I have still a family to feed. If only I can turn the hands of time back.
I was on Nortriptyline for a year for migraine prevention. I found it was making me extremely tired and my heart race. I unfortunately stopped it two weeks ago abruptly. Does anyone know how long withdrawal symptoms last for. Still feel jumpy, brain zaps, insomnia and headache.
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I had a doctor appointment today and I tested over so I might have gestational diabetes I have to go into another clinic to get a 3 hour test for it..it makes me nervous but my mom is a nurse and says you mainly just have to maintain your sugar levels...does anyone have information on gestational diabetes?
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I am in a bit of a quandary is there anyone out there that has had their prostrate removed with the use of a robotic arm,I need to find out as much information as possible as I am thinking this may be the lesser of the two evils that they say I need. I would like to find out everything about the op and how it impacts on your life after, how long does it take to heal, how long do you wear a bag, how long before you can have sex or is that part of your life just a memory
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Anyone out there have any information on central pontine myelinolysis , my 26yr old son has been diagnosed with this condition. He has been in hospital for 6 weeks and spent the last 4 weeks in intensive care, he went into hospital on Christmas eve after having seizures to do with alcohol withdrawal the first couple of days he was doing fine then things started to go wrong. He started to loose his balance he started slurring his speech and was getting very confused. He then lost his ability to swallow then started to slip into a coma at which point intensive care induced him into a coma and we were told not to expect him to survive. A week later he started to come round and could breath for himself but could only use his eyes,3 weeks later and he can communicate by blinking his eyes can squeeze my hand with both hands can wiggle his toes and can understand everything we say to him. We know we have a long way to go and don't know what the long term recovery is but would be grateful for any info from anyone who has come through this condition.
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Just wondered if anyone has had these injections, can't seem to find out any information about them. Already had tvt surgery which was unsuccessful so really want more information before I have another procedure.
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I’m trying to find any information about Hedge apple use for treating cancer patients. So far it's really hard to decide whether to try this or not mainly because most information I found were more focused on discussing if you can eat the plant or not, then on the issue of it being used for treating cancer. Basically it seems like it wouldn't do any harm to try this, but I don't know how long or even how should Hedge apple be used for cancer treatment. Some people say they just eat it, but also, I didn't see any rel info on how effective this plant be in either preventing remissions (which I hope), or cancer.
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Please, if anyone has any info on Hedge apple use for cancer treatment, especially breast cancer treatment, share.
I am looking to have a left flat foot reconstruction in The Fall of 2014 at HSS.
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I am trying to get as much information as I can in regards to making the right decision. Currently I can still exercise but have pain when walking a distance or being on my feet all day. Also my foot is starting to turn in and affecting my knee.
I want to hear how did you know when it was time for you to get this surgery done. How bad was your foot before you considered this surgery. Could you walk at in orthotics without pain or were you in constant pain all the time.
From what I hear this is a horrible surgery and I don't want to be worse off than I am now. I have already had 4 opinions with different OS and they all recommend close to the same thing just different ways of doing it.
I had my bladder repair just under 3 weeks ago and found these weeks to be a lot worse than when I had a repair 5 years ago. That was done with stitches,this has been a mesh repair. I think the shock of the op and being discharged too early,I think, has added to worry. I still feel smelly due to discharge or blood and worry when I open my bowels ( never been constipated before!) Felt really low and tearful this time as well. BUT...I have felt much better for the last 2 days and feel more positive...I feel for everyone on here. We really should be given more info when we leave hospital...
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24 year old and yesterday my hysterectomy has been agreed by two gynecology professionals one of them being the surgeon
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And I have also had my pre-op assessment and am now just waiting for a date however the surgeon has said he will perform the surgery by robotic assisted key hole surgery.
And I was wondering if anyone else has had this type of hysterectomy and any I formation....
I work for a Software company since last 15 years. I suffer from Computer RSI which makes it very painful to use mouse/keyboard, hold a pen and such things. Nothing has been revealed in my MRI or nerve conduction studies which is making it very challenging to convince people at work, who are not very aware of RSI.
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Can you point out to any resources at Internet to show that RSI can be a severe problem even when nothing shows up in your investigations?
Has Computer RSI been formally accepted by medical science as a diseases?
I had a colonoscopy with sedation (midazolam and fentanyl) in Chorley Hospital a few days ago and I still feel as if I had a PTSD. I read the information sheet and expected to be relaxed after sedation, with maybe some discomfort. When I was injected with the drugs (midazolam and fentanyl), I suddenly felt very anxious. I tried to seek reassurance, but the physician was talking to somebody else, busy preparing for gastroscopy. I think it could have helped if somebody asked me how I was at that point. I also had some trouble speaking – I think I was able to speak, but I could not hear myself so it made me feel very strange. Later on I read that difficulty speaking is a side-effect of midazolam. I felt quite intense pain during colonoscopy and the kind student nurse was talking me through it. I recovered well, I think, but I remember the whole procedure (so the amnesia that the leaflet talks about obviously doesn’t happen in every case). Next day I was very irritable and anxious and sick later on.
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My main grievance is about lack of information beforehand concerning pain and the nasty side effects of the sedation. The leaflet mentions that you might feel ‘discomfort’. Of course you will feel discomfort – you will have a camera up your bum, what are supposed to feel? There is no ‘may’ about it. However, there is a difference between ‘discomfort’ and ‘pain’ and these words should not be used interchangeably. The leaflet and what you are told by the medical staff makes you believe that you will be drowsy and relaxed while medication works, and then back to normal after. I got quite a shock when I had the anxiety attack after the drug was injected and realized how vulnerable and helpless I was. I was also very unpleasantly surprised at how awful I felt the next day. Had I known this could happen I would have opted for entonox. Unless something changes dramatically in the way they perform colonoscopies, there is no way I’m having another one any time soon.
I would not like to discourage those for whom colonoscopy could be beneficial from having it. However traumatic it is, it is preferable to dying from cancer. However, I think that medical staff are not well trained in empathy (only student nurses seem to have it) and you have to be very assertive with them in order to receive honest information. If you are unlucky enough not to experience post-colonoscopy amnesia, the feeling of being at the mercy of medical people who are inflicting pain on you can be disturbing. It might be preferable to experience the pain whilst being alert and able to speak, and thus having some degree of control.
I admit I have had multiple Anxiety attacks, I am a cashier at Walmart, I usually get them if I had rude customer like after I had a nasty customer who came down from self-check to customer service towards me, I was in tears before that, then my manager told me to hide behind the Customer Service desk. My worst anxiety attack I had a lady who's coupons would not work, I took the coupon price off the items she could not understand that and told me to take the items off period and demanded I give the coupons back to her, I already did. My brain got foggy so I asked her if she wanted me to take the items off, she said yes so I kept doing it, suddenly I wasn't feeling to well, I went to go see my manager to ask for help when I started hyperventilating, my manager had me sit down right there at the empty register. Another cashier was able to take over and finish it for me. My manager helped me over to the bench at customer service, where I suddenly lost feeling in my hands, they ended up curling up from the pinky in. I tried prying them apart using the metal bench but that didn't even work. That scared me, the same manager asked if I was okay I told her that I couldn't feel my hands, staring down at my fists. They finally unfroze after 10 minutes. The lady was so upset with me she left all of her items.
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Anyway I will get dizzy, like it ranges from feeling as though I am spinning, I have to clutch on to something to keep from falling over, to the world tipping around me with every step, to not being able to see, not sure if that's exactly dizziness, but it started with dizziness. I'll get flushed randomly. I'll have PAC's. There have been a few times I have almost fainted, one time it was from not breathing, like I noticed that I wasn't breathing, my body was just like woah what's the matter you aren't breathing, I had to have a manager finish while I sat down. I was up and doing my job before I was supposed to so I did not feel well the rest of the day. My arms will also get exhausted suddenly if I have to lift them to head level, like I can barely do a pony tail without them being exhausted, the kinda feeling you get after a hard work out.
I've had the flushing and dizziness when I was talking to my mom and hanging out with my friends. My friends all know and are really accepting if they need to stop doing whatever so I can sit down.
My doctor originally thought it was POTS if anyone knows what that is, I'm getting a tilt table test in 2 weeks, now he seems to think it's anxiety. I'm sitting down while working just in case, it does seem to help slightly. It's just annoying, this has been going on for 3 months and I'm sitting down because of the time I have almost fainted also. Anyway people will say you're lucky you get to sit down, I don't consider everything and almost fainting lucky.
I'm not sure if it is anxiety since it is just physical symptoms, I've had no mental or emotional ones. Just feels like mental ones from fear of my physical ones.
I've done a stress echo and a holter monitor and blood work done.
I had two sexual partner last week end, with one i had safe anal sex and received unsafe oral sex with both, later in the same day i noticed erosion/cut on my penis, since then I am so anxious that i may be infected with HIV .I don't know if this erosion was before sex or after :(...As I know I should wait 3 months to get tested but i can not live normal life with this situation.
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Is it possible that I became in infected due to the cut on my penis?even i i used condom in anal sex?