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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi. i am from XXX, XXXXX. On 24th April i had sex with a commercial sex worker without a condom. I know its stupid. But anyway, now i am scared. Its been almost 45 days. A couple of days ago i had mild fever and cold and cough. but it remained for a day. I have been travelling and i wanna believe that this was due to the change in climatic conditions. but last night, while masturbating i felt a little pain in my testicles. but it was so only for a few minutes and i havent experienced today. Please advice. I am really scared.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read
User :   ok
Doctor :   you are scared of what ?
User :   of contracting HIV
Doctor :   the only way to know whether you have contracted an Hiv infection or not is by blood testing
Doctor :   get an blood test for hiv - both Elisa method and DNA - PCR analysis
User :   ok but are these the symptoms?
Doctor :   cannot say any thing with the symptoms
Doctor :   these symptoms can be part of any other viral infection also
User :   from what i have read the common symptoms are flu and weight loss and diarrhea
Doctor :   ok
User :   flu iswhat i had was a mild fever
Doctor :   ok
User :   sorry typing error
User :   what i had was mild fever that lasted for a day
User :   i was travelling last week to chennai and right now i m in bangalore
Doctor :   ok
User :   there was a massive change in climatic conditions. and i would really like to believe that this fever was a result of that
Doctor :   it may be the effect of your travel and climate change
Doctor :   if by symptoms one can be diagnosed to have hiv or not than why do we need a blood test ?
User :   yeah i do understand what u r trying to say doctor
User :   its just that i am really scared
User :   i know what i did was foolish
Doctor :   now no point in getting scared
Doctor :   be bold enough to get it tested and to see whether you have an escape or not
Doctor :   if you test negative thank god for giving you a second life
User :   ok i have a few questions
Doctor :   yes
User :   first of all lets assume that the woman i had sex with was HIV infected
User :   is it necessary that i will get infected too
User :   my penis is circumsized (i have no idea what difference that makes), but thought i should let u know
Doctor :   you may or may not get infected
Doctor :   circumcision do not offer any protection to hiv infection
User :   ok
User :   so its not 100% necessary that having sex with an infected person will effect you too
Doctor :   it is not 100 % so only you have a chance of escape
User :   ok
User :   what if one doesnt get tested? HIV symptoms will surface at some point, right?
Doctor :   yes it will
User :   so one can wait?
Doctor :   wait for what ?
User :   i mean if the symptoms dont surface at all, that means the person is safe?
Doctor :   it is known that hiv takes some time to surface with symptoms, in the mean time what if you spread to innocent people ?
User :   thats true
Doctor :   best way is to get it cleared that whether you have it or not
Doctor :   once it is decided
Doctor :   you can plan your future accordingly also
User :   yeah like whether to continue living or not
Doctor :   it is about marriage, the future medical care and other things
Doctor :   since a mistake has happen, it is wise to take a corrective steps and not to repeatedly continue making mistake
User :   i guess u r right
User :   at least i shouldn't be spreading it, if i am infected
Doctor :   thats true
User :   so i can get a test done immediately? its been almost 45 days
Doctor :   you can get ELISA test as well as DNA -PCR analysis for hiv
Doctor :   if DNA - PCR analysis is negative than it means you are negative
Doctor :   get it tested as soon as possible
User :   yes i will
User :   how much does it cost?
Doctor :   this DNA -PCR analysis is quite costly it might cost around 3000 indian rupees.
Doctor :   religare labs, thyrocare labs are there, you can get it tested from there
Doctor :   let us also know what was the results
User :   how?
User :   jus got a minute left doc
Doctor :   you can mail the result to YYYY@YYYY
User :   ok
User :   thanks doctor
User :   it was nice talking to u
User :   thanks alot
User :   :)
User :   take care. god bless u :)
Doctor :   we also hope the results for hiv test is negative
User :   thanks
Doctor :   thanks for consulting health care magic
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   bye
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