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Sex with an HIV patient .Can I be affected with it?

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I just found out that in November/December of 2011 I slept with someone (unprotected) who has HIV AIDS. I've been tested since then that following June 7 months later and come back negative. Given the news I just found out though. That this individual is positive I'm freaking out. Should I be panicked?

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Hello, you had mentioned that you had intercourse with a patient affected with HIV. Signs and symptoms alone cannot diagnose HIV. There are four stages: incubation period, acute infection, latency stage and full-blown AIDS. The initial incubation period upon infection is asymptomatic and usually lasts 2-4 weeks. This stage is devoid of HIV symptoms. The second stage lasts for 2-3 weeks and the symptoms of HIV during this stage are similar to the symptoms of the common flu. Quite often HIV symptoms are mistakenly diagnosed as that of flu. The symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, tiredness and weakness, muscle pain that may be accompanied by a rash and soreness in the mouth and throat. The third stage shows no symptoms. It lasts from 2 weeks to 20 years and beyond. AIDS, the fourth and final stage of HIV infection shows symptoms of opportunistic infections. The symptoms of AIDS are primarily the result of conditions that do not normally develop in individuals with healthy immune systems. Most of the conditions are infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. The five most common symptoms of people affected with AIDS are unexplained fever lasting over a month, unexplained chronic diarrhea, weight loss greater than 10 % of the body weight, sweats particularly at night and pulmonary symptoms that include cough and shortness of breath. The specific opportunistic infections that AIDS patient develop depend on the prevalence of the infections in the geographical area where the patient resides. I would suggest you to get a complete evaluation. As your reports after 7 months are negative there is no reason to panic. If you do have any further symptoms you can consult with your HIV & AIDS specialist. Hope this helps. Thank you.

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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