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Hi I'm terri and I'm a 31 year old female. About a year and a half ago I had what was diagnosed at the ER as strep throat and dermatitis. I had a severely swollen throat for a few weeks before I had it checked out because I have no medical insurance, then after those few weeks I developed a rash on my hands and neck. That's when I decided to go to the ER. I took all the medicine that was prescribed and it all went away rather quickly. I still however get an irritation on just my hands frequently now ever since. But ever since the strep which like I said was well over a year ago I very rarely get sick, and can't recall any fevers since either. I've been sexually active for only a few years, but these past couple I have not been super careful all the time. I have just recently started seeing someone who's in the military and he gets tested for hiv every six months, so I thought it'd be a good idea for me to get tested as well. I went last week, and have not yet received my results because the health department takes 2 weeks to get results back. But since being tested I've been reading a lot about hiv online and I have now stressed myself out to the point of making myself sick because I had the strep and rash over a year ago. Should I be seriously concerned here, or am I probably just overreacting? Please help! Thanks in advance. smile

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    I suppose the answer is really "wait for your results and trust them". 

    You are clearly not in UK and this is a UK website.  In UK HIV/AIDs is - despite the hype - not common in the hetrosexual community.  Overall out of some 60m people there are - for last year - 130000 people living with it.

    I do not know whether the situation is much the same in US

     

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      Ok thank you very much. And sorry, I didn't realize it was just a uk website. I noticed it asked for a uk zip code, but I just skipped it and didn't think too much about it. I am from the south and can be a bit ditzy.. Lol! Anyway, thank you again. smile
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      You are right though it is not "just" a UK website as anyone can access. 

      The "clue" is that it is patient.info.  Part of my point is that we can give help but really from the point of view as to how medicine is practiced in UK.  It is free at the point of delivery in that you can see a doctor without charge though often with a bit of a wait.  If you feel you need to see a specialist this is arranged by the doctor again with a wait.

      Other than in an emergency there is usually a fairly long wait for hospital admission although there are Accident and Emergency units where you can be seen without appointment and - I'd guess you're ahead of me - you have to sit and wait up to 4 hours!

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      Anyone can use these forums and we have nearly as many non UK as UK members. We will be changing things in the near future to allow more localisation and make it easier to show where users are from so advice given can take this into account.
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