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Are these symptons? I'm scared

Question: 

Hello, first of all thank you for your help

I'm having a really bad time and I'm getting courage to test today afternoon

About five months ago I met a social worker on the street and had sex with her. The condom broke two times but was replaced the moment it happened. This was the possible exposure. I'm assuming she is possitive.

Now, after going to a field trip with friends, we got our legs bitten by insects (a lot). The thing is, my reaction is a lot worse than them. I got a lot of red bites across my legs (real red) my friends are not irritated like me.

Also, there's some white at the end of my tongue and my nose is red and irritated on the sides

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about potential HIV symptoms (exaggerated reaction to insect bites, white tongue, and red nose) in relation to a possible HIV exposure through sex with a condom 5 months ago. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met).

Having sex with a condom does not eliminate the risk of HIV transmission. Condom usage reduces HIV transmission by 80% due to improper use and potential breakage of the condom (1). Please refer to the Transmission Equation for more information on HIV transmission. Getting tested for HIV after a risky exposure is of great health benefit to you. Not only could it bring you calm and a piece of mind in the case of a negative result, but it can also link you to proper health care interventions in the case of a positive result.

Symptoms of HIV can vary greatly. For many people, flu-like symptoms are experienced within the first month after infection (2,3). In the later stages of an untreated HIV infection a large variety of symptoms could be experienced and you are more likely to experience mild infections because your immune system has been compromised (3). With this in mind, the symptoms that you have experienced COULD be associated with an HIV infection OR they could just be your body's normal response to the environmental exposures.

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie