Anonymous
Hi there,

I had a sex with a sex worker. We used condom (BJ and vaginal). Both.

Day after that night, I had a little pain when urinating. I was enormously nervous. I don't think about HIV only while sleeping. I Googled about symptoms and I think I got every symptoms:

- White Tongue
- A little temperature
- Small red dots on the body
- Painful urination (not anymore)
- Small peeling skin
- Diarrhea (had previously when I was scared. When I woke up and start thinking..)

Could these symptoms come from stress and anxiety? Most people say that weeks are needed, but in my case, they started appearing the day after.

Most nights I don't have night sweats. Few times I got sweats when I opened my eyes and start thinking and once while sleeping.

So the question is: Could these symptoms come from stress and anxiety?

Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

It might help you to know that protected sex (sex with a condom) is considered to be a low risk exposure. If the condom was used correctly (worn the whole time and did not come off) and did not break the risk also goes down.

In regards to symptoms, 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. Stress and anxiety is definitely a factor in making symptoms seem worse or even appear. There could be many reasons why you have been experiencing symptoms, including having a cold or the flu or some type of infection. My suggestion would be to share your concerns about symptoms with your doctor and partner with them in figuring out the cause of your symptoms and hopefully finding treatment as well.

If you are sexually active it is recommended to get regular HIV testing for your health and to know your status. About 95% of HIV tests have conclusive results when taken 4-6 weeks after exposure has occurred. However, it is recommended to wait 12 weeks (3 months) or more after exposure for the most conclusive results.

For more information about HIV you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or CATIE.ca.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

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