so i have a constant fear of HIV because of the weird symptoms i deveop
they are all symptoms that if you look up HIV symptoms that you will get
the most conerning ones are
weird feeling under right side of my jaw. which i can only think is swollen lymph node.. even thou im not sick except for maybe a mild sore throat
ive been sleeping for 11/12 hours
and everyday for about 3 weeks now ive had a mild headache.
and unusual slightly red eyes

im not thinking these are ARS symptoms im thinking that they are maybe symtpoms of me getting HIV like a year or something ago and its giving me symptoms now, and that possibly i got ARS symptoms back when "it happened" but chalked it off s just being sick.

i dont have any real risky exposures except i used to get blackout drunk a lot and had sex with people i know wihtout remembering. which leads me to beleve it was a possibility of me having sex with people i dont know without remembering.

even though im really really scared i have to get a test to ease my mind, but first i have to get my health card renewed.

sometimes i think its completly irrational thinking and other times i think that the possibility is very real
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replied December 11th, 2015
Welcome to e health forum. ‎

HIV symptoms can be very confusing, and many other conditions can be mistaken for HIV. Hence HIV is not ‎‎‎‎‎‎diagnosed based on signs or symptoms.

It is ‎‎diagnosed based on serology tests detecting HIV antigens and ‎‎antibodies ‎‎‎‎‎in the blood. ‎

The risk of having HIV via single sexual intercourse from a infected person is very low to ‎‎result in confirmed ‎infection. ‎The chances of you having HIV, is possible only when you have had unprotected sexual intercourse, ‎multiple times ‎‎with a HIV infected individual. Hence you should be careful before having intercourse with any ‎person with ‎‎unknown HIV status or not trustworthy. ‎

In your case, if you think, you have been exposed to HIV, you should do a 4th generation HIV test (also called HIV DUO test) at least after 4 weeks of the exposure. If the test is negative, you should repeat the test at 12 weeks after ‎the exposure. If this test is negative, then you can be sure that you are HIV negative.‎

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