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Concernd about acquiring HIV infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello doctor, i am having severe anxiety over worrying about hiv? i got an HIV test 3 weeks after being with a stripper, i received oral sex and very brief vaginal sex with condom. my test hav test was negative. i was worried about vaginal secretions that may have come in contact with small cut from shaving i had in pubic area. i have had dry itchy skin the last 2 weeks. although it is winter here and my home and office are very dry
Doctor :   what are your symptoms now
User :   i am worried that the dry itchy skin is a symptom of hiv infection.
Doctor :   so you took the test after 3 weeks ?
User :   i have been told my risk of hiv was very low, am i being overly concerned. can anxiety make these symptoms worse? yes, i took test after 3 weeks
Doctor :   yes the chances look very very low
Doctor :   HIV test should be done after 3 months
User :   i have not had night sweats, fever, headache, malaise, cough or any other symptoms. i was with this stripper about 2 1/2 months ago
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   well HIV does not have any symptoms per say , all it does is destroys the body immunity
User :   so, what is your professional judgement on this? my family says i am being crazy and i need to see a therapist
Doctor :   well you used a condom
Doctor :   so you are safe
Doctor :   thats why we say you should
User :   yes, i used a condom....supplied by the stripper (so i dont know what kind of condom it was) i was worried about any vaginal secretions infecting a small cut i had in pubic region. i only had intercourse for about 30 seconds, i was too nervous
User :   i also had condom for oral sex....
Doctor :   well then you are safe
User :   so, in your estimation i am safe and probably suffering from winter dry skin?
Doctor :   dont worry
Doctor :   yeah thats about it
User :   i think it is guilt....since i have a girlfriend. I have not been with my
girlfriend sexually since this event...i am too worried about infecting her. we have been in monogomous relationship for 4 years and we dont use condoms. so i am scared to be with her
User :   i bet you are asked similar questions weekly
Doctor :   yes we are
Doctor :   dont worry
User :   so do you think it is safe to resume my normal relations with my girlfriend? she does not know why i have been avoiding her? i want to save my relationship and go back to a normal routine
Doctor :   yes you can
Doctor :   no problem in that
User :   thank you have really put my mind at ease.
Doctor :   i am glad i was able to guide you
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   you too...
Doctor :   good bye
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