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Hello I had a sexual encounter with a sex worker on 28/06/2014. The sex worker had given me a oral without condom and we ended up having intimacy with each other.she went on top of me. In a few minutes probably 5 minutes at most we both ejaculated. As she got up she saw the condom broke. She removed it carefully and threw down the condom, I rushed to the bathroom and I managed to wash my private part with cold water Just to inform I am an uncircumcised man I went back and took the condom and pour water to find out where exactly the condom broke.It was on the left side a hole was there as the water was leaking there,yup precisely on the side and not the tip, according to the sex worker she did not feel me without condom also. I spoke politely to the sex worker asking if she infected or if she is hiv+ and she mentioned this is the first time something like this has happened to her and she tested 2 months ago and she proclaims she is negative. After 2 days I saw a doctor and he told that there are possibilities to get infected through vaginal fluids and he advised me PEP and he did a rapid hiv test which was negative..After doing my research I realised that these medicines have really bad side effects.so I didn't eat.Although a lady at The pharmacy informed me if i start having running nose in 2 weeks chances are I am infected. On 02/07/2014 I did malaria test and found some parasit es as I was not accepting this results I ended up going to another lab and they showed the result that I have malaria I took LUMERTEC which was a 3 day course which goes with Panadol. Body temperature is about 37.3 degrees Celsius during that time. 05/07/2014 I ended up going to another doctor and he told me chances of getting HiV are really low,he did go for another. Rapid hiv test which turned out negative but by now I have sore throat and a little swell on my lymph nodes.The doctor advices me ampilicin I spoke to another Doctor he took me to another hospital to get tested using PCR And DNA which turned out Non reactive, 08/07/2014 I did complete blood picture and urine, stool test in a completely different city and all test were fine except of some typhoid which the doctor said is due stress of fear getting hiv.he gave me nozrole, bascopan and some shyrup. Five day course did not help. 09/07/2014 I started to monitor my temperature but remained between 34.5 to 37 degrees Celsius through out the day but my sore throat got worse and fever yes continued,lost weight about 2kilos in 2 weeks and diahorea but stopped after bascopan medicine. 10/07/2014-17/07/2014 still had fever and very weak and same weight 76kg since I have been to India now . 19/07/2014 i met another doctor he told I should not be worried but wait for 6th week for Eliza test, He also ran another complete blood picture and have not found anything so far instead he gave medication for sore throat and flu. It has been over ten days flue is till not gone so as my weight not returned normally especially I am eating well, I also sleep a lot. The doctor here have given me a lot of anti acids medicines and a small course of anxiety medication.. I am scared to do the Eliza test What are the chances that I may be infected and yes I do feel weak and somètime I walk I get this abruptly dizzy ness but then back to normal, After complete the course of 7 days I have no issue 31/07/2014 5the week Again am having soar throat.fever 100.4farheight, loss of apetite,loose motions and sweats but all day..i still have to wait for 1 more week for test but i am worried need enlightmen. thanks

Hi there,

Sorry to hear that you have been feeling so unwell and so worried at the same time. It sounds like there has been a lot going on for you over these past weeks. I would agree with your doctors that the chances of getting HIV are quite low from a one-time exposure like this. It's great that your tests have been negative so far, and the 6 week ELISA will be very helpful. In the meantime, it might help to remind yourself that the symptoms you are having like fever, tiredness, or swollen lymph nodes are all very common signs of ANY kind of infection, so it really does not point to HIV. It's quite likely your test in 1 week will be negative, and that these symptoms were caused by malaria and stress.

Hope that is helpful,

Health Nurse

This answer was posted on August 4, 2014

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Health Nurse says:

Hi again,
I just wanted to add that it's a good idea when you have a condom break to also get tested for other STIs, especially chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. These can be more common than HIV, so if you haven't gotten a full STI screen yet, you can ask for this when you go for your test at 6 weeks.

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