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Scared I have HIV


During the summer i had unprotected sex. Since then I have been worrying sick. I was tested about 10 weeks after exposure and my results came back negative. In December i noticed white legions on the inside of my cheeks. This terrified me as i assumed it was oral thrush and heard that people with HIV have this. Since then it has subsided but i still have white dots and areas on my cheek. I went to the doctor and he said it looks like it could be oral thrush or leukoplakia. He took swabs to see. Does having oral thrush or leukoplakia give me a good change of having HIV and should i go get re-tested?


Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver online helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
It is important to note that you cannot diagnose an HIV infection through symptoms alone, and that HIV testing is the only way to accurately diagnose an HIV infection. International guidelines recommend testing at or after 3 months (12 weeks) post exposure for completely conclusive results. As such, there is a small possibility that your results may not be correct. If you have not had any further exposures, but still feel uncomfortable, then you may wish to be retested. In addition, we do recommend that all individuals who are sexually active undergo regular STI (including HIV) testing for their safety and the safety of their partners.
I hope this has helped to answer your questions, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
JonathanAIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer604.696.4666, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm PSThelpline@aidsvancouver.org