• 3 months ago

    5-7 years.

    When I was in my early 20s (I am 29 now), I was going through a phase where I just quit caring about the things I did. I had friends with benefits, what have you. Half of the time it was protected, but other half it wasn't. Another thing that happened in my early 20s was.. I was raped by 3 or 4 guys in the same night. I went to a party with a 'friend' (I say this in 's because I thought he was a friend) and I got way too drunk, ended up having unprotected sex with said friend, but then his other buddies came into the room and took turns having their way with me even after I was saying no and that I didn't want to, they didn't care. Anyways, after taking contraceptives the next day, I literally moved on from that experience without a second thought. For the last 5, 6, 7 years however long ago it was, my sexcapades literally stopped. I never got tested.. but I've also had 0 symptoms and even to this day, I'm pretty healthy, still no symptoms at all. My current boyfriend and I have been together for almost 2 years, we've probably had unprotected sex about 10-15 times (we rarely see each other because of distance) and he as well has had 0 symptoms and it's been about 1.5 years since we've been having sex. Earlier this year, we had a discussion about HIV testing and up until that conversation, it never bothered me to get tested because I figured 'Well, if I did have HIV or something, something would have happened by now.' I've done a lot of research and I read that symptoms usually occur within the first couple weeks to a month after being infected (no symptoms for me or for him within this time frame), but then I also read that it can take 5-10 years before symptoms start happening. Like I said, it's been a good 5-7 years since I had my phase, but I was wondering what the chances could be like for me after it's been so long? I understand that I need to get tested and I've been looking into it (it's a matter of finding a place that will help individuals who are struggling in the money department), but I was just curious about experiences with anyone else or maybe someone can give me some direction on things I can get done for cheap or.. even free really.

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  • 3 months ago

    RE: 5-7 years.

    I also want to mention (this is the original poster) that late 2015 I went to the E.R. because I was having heart related issues, turns out it was just anxiety. They pulled blood and did tests, they said I was healthy and didn't mention any possibility of having HIV, should I rely on that as well?
      • 3 months ago
        Check out any Planned Parenthood Clinic or health department in our area. They offer lower cost STD testing....and not just for HIV either. Keep in mind that you need to consider testing for some of the far more common STD's/STI's. And no, your trip to the ER back in 2015 did not include an HIV screening test.