Anonymous
Dear doc , I am 22 year old male from India. Recently I had done sex with a commercial sex worker on 4/ 4/ 2015 . This was my first and last sex experience. The sex was protected , I used a condom and it was only vaginal sex which lasted for 2 minutes . After the sex I saw my semen was collected inside the empty space ( the front tip of the condom) I could not find any visible hole. But after 4 days of the incident I got mild fever and a blister on my lip.Due to the fear of HIV I went to my doctor and he recommended me several testings . which was p24 antigen , ELISA , hepatitis C . I gave my sample exactly after 10 days 18 hours all the reports came non reactive .
But now my concern is people told me p24 doesn't show proper result on 11th day . And after 2 weeks of the incident I noticed swelling on my jaw ( not on neck ) which is quite painful. And I am felling pain on my right leg since last 10 days . I don't have fever , no rash , sometimes mild hedeche . please tell me doc . please help me because the fear of HIV is eating me alive ( sorry for English )
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline forum.

It sounds like you're concerned about a sexual experience and some symptoms that you've been having.

Protected sex (sex with a condom) is considered to be a low risk activity for acquiring HIV. This means that there was only a low risk from your sexual encounter. Antibody (or ELISA) testing is considered to be conclusive (highly accurate) at 3 months after HIV exposure occurred. It may be a good idea for you to have another test after 3 months have passed, this will be the most likely to be accurate.

In regards to the symptoms you've been experiencing, at AIDS Vancouver we do not go by symptoms as an indicator of HIV because they often mirror other viral infections. In other words, the symptoms you've been experiencing could be caused by anything and it is not possible to determine that they have been caused by HIV.

For more information about HIV and testing check out the AIDS Vancouver website.

I hope this information helps with your question and that you are able to find the cause of the symptoms you've been experiencing.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give us a call or contact the helpline (if you live in British Columbia):
Monday to Friday
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604-253-0566
Private and confidential

Isla (Volunteer)
AIDS Vancouver
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