Anonymous
Hi there. I had an unprotected oral and protected vaginal just few minutea. During vaginal sex in the begining condom slipped off for 10 seconds and my penis was inside for 5 seconds I didn't feel anything wet. But after 4 days I experienced with swallen lymph node on my neck which is aching after 25 days I found others on my back head and armpits to be honest they are little. But I can feel them. On my neck it's tender others are hard. Can it be cause of hiv pls pls healp. I need to mention they r painful. Also I didn't have any other flu symptoms. I dint know how they swollen and what was cause the only cause in my opinion that day.... Thanks pls help
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We are happy to help answer your questions. It sounds like you are concerned about the symptoms you are experiencing, and would like to know more about the level of risk associated with your exposure. First, we need to let you know that we are not doctors, and cannot use [symptoms](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/why) to tell if an individual is living with HIV or not. However, the exposure you have described can be considered low-risk for acquiring HIV, and here's why:

* In BC, there have only been a few confirmed report of HIV being acquired from protected sexual intercourse when a condom breaks, and/or when other risk factors (e.g. another STI) are present (low-risk activity).

* In BC, there have only been a few confirmed reports of HIV being acquired from giving oral sex when risk factors (e.g. STI) are present (low-risk activity).

* In BC, there has never been a confirmed report of HIV being acquired from receiving oral sex, in spite of risk factors being present (negligible-risk activity)

So, it seems like the safest measure in this situation would be to carry out an HIV test at 3 months post-exposure since, the condom did break. At this time, the results of your HIV test can be considered conclusive. We may also suggest partnering with your local healthcare professional to find out how to treat your symptoms, and what they are related to. Feel free to email helpline@aidsvancouver.org should you need assistance connecting with a healthcare professional in your community. Alternatively, the following websites can be used to find an HIV testing site:

[In Canada](www.hiv411.ca)

[In USA](www.aids.gov)

We trust we have answered your questions and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.


Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer

[AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline](www.helpline.aidsvancouver.org)

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