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regarding preexisting immunodeficiency

Question: 

hi,
what is preexisting immunodeficiency? .i had a complete protected sex a month ago. i noticed some symptoms of hiv like neck pain which the gp said that the lymph nodes can be felt as im skinny and he said they arent swollen. also i had muscle swollen and the doctor said that they are because of stress and worries and they arent lymph nodes which are swollen. i took a hiv test on the 30th day after having sex(protected). it came as negative.. also i would like to mention that my partner let her tongue inside the condom before wearing it on me, which possibly would have some saliva. is there any possibility for me to get infected if the saliva has some blood mixed with it and
if it goes through my penis urethra.. the hiv test i gave was a blood test in nhs(united kingdom).

please reply as soon as possible. im very much stressed and depressed.

Answer: 

Hi there,

Thank you for choosing AIDS Vancouver for your source of HIV/AIDS related information. It's great to see that you are taking initiative when it comes to your health and well being!

It is extremely unlikely that you have been living with an immunodeficiency disorder for this long, as most of these conditions are diagnosed in early childhood. Protected sex poses a low risk for HIV transmission. HIV cannot pass through latex or polyurethane; however, if the condom breaks or slips off during sexual activity there is the possibility for an exchange of bodily fluids that could lead to HIV transmission. It is unlikely that your partner would have conferred any additional risk by licking the condom, considering saliva is not one of the bodily fluids which contains HIV and it is actually able to kill the virus.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) all HIV testing options provide conclusive results 12 weeks (or 84 days) post exposure, provided there have been no other exposures during that window period. A negative result at 30 days is a pretty good indication that you do not have HIV; however, you will be required to wait until the 12 week mark in order to receive conclusive results.

There are no clinically defined symptoms of HIV. The fact that only some, and not all, individuals who are exposed to the virus experience symptoms sheds light on how they cannot be used as a diagnostic tool. Furthermore, sexual activity does pose a risk for acquirement of viruses (such as the flu) and bacteria that could also cause the emergence of symptoms. The fact that you have been experiencing neck pains and swollen nymph nodes by no means is an indication that you have been exposed to the virus. If your symptoms continue to persist, I would encourage you to contact a healthcare professional.

At AIDS Vancouver we encourage all sexually active individuals to test for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, as part of their health routine. This can be in the form of testing every 3 months, bi-annually, annually or whatever suits that individual's lifestyle.

I hope I have addressed all of your concerns, and if you have any other concerns please feel free to contact us again!

All the best,

Greg