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Question: 

Hi,

About a 3 months ago I had unprotected sex with several partners. Also oral sex, ı both received and gave. I did not know their STD or HIV status. Two weeks ago I had something like blister, papilla or pimple showed up my vagina and increased it was painful at the beginning. I've seen gynocologist and she told me I don't have any warts or herpes with physical examination. I am still waiting for pap smear test results. However, a week ago I had swollen lymph nodes on my throat. And later my gums started to swollen. Now I have problems with my gingival and worried about gingivities. I had open sores on my mouth, cheeks when I had oral sex. I am so worried abput all STD's or HIV. I already tested and waiting for the results. But these symptoms are raising every day and I am really worried.

Should I really worry about the hiv possibility, and do these symptoms look like hiv?
Thank you so much for your answer, I appreciate it very much.
Kind regards

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from unprotected sex and symptoms of HIV. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be High Risk (Evidence of transmission through these activities and is the majority of cases of transmission). If you continue to engage in high risk activity there are biomedical approaches available to you such as PrEP and PEP that decrease your risk of acquiring HIV. You can ask your doctor for further information.

The scenario mentioned above does meet the three components of the transmission equation. The transmission equation requires bodily fluid, a high risk activity, and direct access to the bloodstream. The scenario mentioned satisfies the equation in the exchange of bodily fluid through unprotected sex to the bloodstream (1). It is important to note that HIV symptoms mirror other viral infections or can be explained by other things, therefore testing is the only way to know.

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle