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Question: 

Hell and thank you for all help,

At about the end of April I had preformed oral on a stranger I had met online. I do not know his status and have no way of contacting him a asking. I recently started to develop flu-like symptoms I was really worried was the result of an infection so I went to get tested about three days ago from this post. I had a sore throat, fatigue, my head was feeling really funny and I had little to no desire to eat. I also had found a lump on my groin that I believe to be my lymph node. My test came back negative but with further research I found it was possible that I was going through Seroconversion(Conversion Sickness) at the time and my test had proved a false negative. Everywhere I go they all tell me that I should wait about another three months for 100 accuracy. I'm so scared that I have HIV. Is there anything these symptoms might mean any help would be greatly appreciated thank you.

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission and some symptoms you have been experiencing.

Giving oral sex is considered a Low Risk activity. This means that it presents a potential for HIV transmission because it involves an exchange of body fluids. There have been a few reports of infection attributed to these activities (usually under certain identifiable conditions). It is good to keep in might that saliva has an enzyme within it that inhibits the transmission of HIV.

HIV presents itself differently in different people, therefore we cannot comment on the symptoms that you have been experiencing. HIV is not diagnosed based on symptoms. I would, however, recommend that you contact your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and develop a treatment plan. Symptoms can be indicative of other viral infections.

The information about testing that you have been reading is correct. HIV tests are considered conclusive 3 months post exposure.

My best advice is for you to visit your health care practitioner about the symptoms you have been experiencing, and to get an HIV test 3 months post exposure when all HIV tests are considered conclusive.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org