Sexually Transmitted Diseases/hiv symptoms

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QUESTION: hi john,

do you mind if you answer my question?

let say that i might have been infected with hiv? around oct of 2014
is it possible that after 6 months (april 2015) thats when the symtoms shows? i mean it is possible that after 6 months thats when the symptoms shows? like skin rashes?.. and is skin rashes the 1st symptom of it?

thank you very much

ANSWER: Lexy,

Skin RASHES aren't a sign of HIV-skin CANCER is though! If you want to get tested for HIV then please make an appointment with your primary care provider or at your local health clinic. You'll be surprised at how fast the testing procedure goes. It's usually just one vial of blood to test for a whole host of STI's. Let me know if you have follow up.

Cheers,

John

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QUESTION: oh ok,thank you very much for the info john. but it is possible if you have contracted hiv. could you possibly get the 1st symptoms after 6 months? and about lymph nodes ,how come i get this feeling that they are feeling sore, like one day in thr groin area then the next day behind the ears area.. could you please answer them? i have set an appointment but its not till next week, i just want to know if i possibly contracted hiv 6 months ago when i had unprotected sex. thank you in advance

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Lexy,

It's theoretically possible to experience acute HIV symptoms after 3-4 weeks from exposure, but many months to years later after infection is more hallmark of the condition. Having sporadic lymph node pain does NOT indicate HIV infection. In fact, it could be the result of poor health and hygiene in general or dealing with some other infection, but visiting with your primary care provider and getting tested certainly wouldn't hurt! Let me know if you have follow up.

Cheers,

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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