Anonymous
Hello, I'll try to make long story short as much as possible.
On April 18th I've had unprotected oral sex exposure with unknown guy. The exposure was including both fellatio and cunnilingus and while performing fellatio he never ejaculated in my mouth. The whole process lasted for less than 20 minutes and It wasn't any of my concern until six weeks post this exposure. I started getting very sore throat with enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and armpits followed by muscle and joints pain. I also had white patches on the back of my throat that are still present today (12 weeks post exposure). I checked up with my family doctor who prescribed me penicillin for throat but It never helped and my throat is still present. Exactly six weeks post exposure I went to take tests for STD's including HIV and all results came back negative. The nurse told me because of my risk I shouldn't be concerned anymore about HIV infection and she even told me It's not necessary to get retested again but If I want just to give myself peace in mind I can get another test 12 weeks after possible exposure. I tried to listen to her advice and move on with my life but I started getting even more symptoms such as very itchy skin rash on my arms and chest as well as genital yeast infection. Dry cough was also present for a short time but now it seems to be returning. All these symptoms don't seem to go away and they are occurring over and over again so I decided to went for the second test after 12 weeks and currently I'm waiting for results.

I'm very scared and don't know what to think because I'm driving myself crazing by googling symptoms and although the nurse is convincing me my risk is almost negligible and even if there was risk Hiv test done at 6 weeks would in 95% of the cases picked up infecton by then. I'm going trough a lot and I'm not sure how will I handle this please give me your opinion of what are my chances of being contracted with HIV.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

About 95% of HIV infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks of exposure. This means there is a high chance that the test you took at 6 weeks after exposure was conclusive. The results of the test you took at 12 weeks (when you get them back) can be considered to be conclusive and there will be no need for further testing unless recommended by a healthcare practitioner or if there is another exposure.

Also, it might ease your mind a bit to know that receiving oral sex is considered to be a negligible risk activity for acquiring HIV and giving oral sex is considered to be a low risk activity.

In regards to the symptoms you've been experiencing, at AIDS Vancouver we do not go by symptoms as an indicator of HIV. This is because symptoms can be present for any number of reasons that are not related to HIV. I would recommend sharing your concerns about symptoms with a healthcare practitioner and partnering with them to find the cause and hopefully treatment as well.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

For more information you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or check out CATIE.org.

Isla (Volunteer)

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