Anonymous


Well , on the 25th of april this year , I got a handjob from a hooker. This is how it went - She was completely clothed and had been standing around for around 15-20 minutes. So once she approached me, all I had was a 2 min handjob. The first minute, She just rubbed me on top on my underwear and the next , inside it ( just the base of my penis ) . She had no cuts/ nor did she touch herself in the past 15 minutes ( 100% sure about this ). I didn't ejaculate too, felt uncomfortable and left. Moving on , on the 27th I had a slight fever ( 99.1) and a night sweat after the fever subsided. 28th, 29th and 30th - Just dry cough. No runny nose, no loose stools. 1st, 2nd and 3rd of may - Just the thorat irritation, some weakness and swollen lymph nodes ( 5 of them) in my neck. Been fine since the 4th of may and now, on the 29th of may I see 5 red spots in the area between my groin and the hip bone ( Don't know if its a HIV rash ) .
So my questions are - 
1) Was I at risk from this encounter ?
2) Can ars symptoms come on the second day after possible exposure and go within 10 days ? 
3) Are my symptoms ars kind ?
4) Do I need a test ?
Also , I had a viral flu from around the 12th of april to the 24th, and I'm not sure if I got the swollen nodes from the viral infection because I bothered to check them only after the possible encounter.
 


 
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Anonymous
Greetings,
Thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information. I will do my best to answer your questions as you asked them below.
 This situation places you in a No Risk category, as this would be considered non-insertive masturbation. This is the same category as kissing, using clean needles, manicures.
2) ARS stands for AIDS Related Symptoms. AIDS is a syndrome that can develop after living with the HIV virus, untreated for many years. So, no, ARS cannot develop with 2-10 days, it would take years.
3) It is difficult to say what is causing your physical ailments, but there are a lot of reasons why lymph nodes swell and rashes happen. The flu is a very logical explanation for all of your symptoms. In your case, I feel confident in saying it is not a symptom of HIV or AIDS.
4) If you have not engaged in any other risky behavior (i.e. unprotected sex), I would not recommend testing. I do however suggest that all sexually active individuals get tested regularly as it pertains to their needs. This could be annually, biannually, or every few months.
It is important to note, however, that HIV does not discriminate. It can impact anyone, despite gender, socioeconomic status, age, profession, sexual orientation, etc. Commercial Sex Workers tend to be more on top of regular testing and safe practice than the average person as their job rely on it.
Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions or concerns.
 
In Health,
Katie
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org
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