Sexually Transmitted Diseases/HIV Concern

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Recently turned 35 and had my annual physical.  Clean bill of health across the board.  Avid runner and overall healthy diet.  I was asked about sexual activity.  I use protection any time that I am sexually active.  However, 10.5 years ago, I did have a random unprotected encounter with a girl that I met at the bar while on vacation.  I was very paranoid about STD's and HIV.  I recall that my neck glands slightly swelled 7 days later.  One larger than the other.  No other symptoms like fever, sore throat, or rash.  I ended up forgetting about it, but just wondering if I should be concerned.  No other symptoms 10 years later, but have read that HIV can show up years after.  Should I get tested?  Will a home test kit suffice?  Should I be concerned?  I appreciate your input.

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Chris,

If you had a "clean bill of health" then assuming you had blood work accompanied with that, a wicked ass batch of HIV (which would have turned into AIDS by now because you never treated it) would have CERTAINLY showed up on those tests! And you would have also shows symptoms! Are you dying Chris??? :P I'm being sarcastic, but 7-10 years is usually the postdromal window for HIV to finally do enough damage to your immune system to obliterate your CD4 lymphocytes and make you look like Gumby. I'm going to assume you're a good looking, healthy individual with a bout of "oopsy" in your past. Btw, HIV can appear in your system about 14 days after you're infected with it and tests out there can test for that now. If you felt like getting tested for it, sure buy an Ora-Sure home testing kit for 80-100 dollars and do it in the safety of your own home. It's actually pretty fun; I enjoyed doing it myself. In your case I'll bet good money you'll have a happy outcome.

Peace Brother,

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

Experience

3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

Awards and Honors
Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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