Anonymous
Hello,

Today I was diagnosed with acute laryngitis, possibly from nasal-drip due to over use of decongestive sprays. Ten weeks ago I had an encounter with a gay man where only pre cum was exchanged. I had a HIV test six weeks after the event and was given the all clear. Can you please tell me if laryngitis is a symptom of ARS? I am aware that a sore throat is considered to be an ARS symptom but I have been able to find very little information regarding laryngitis and its relationship (if any) with ARS.
Thank you

 
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of HIV related information.
Firstly, HIV does not discriminate based on characteristics of an individual (age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, occupation, etc). It is the activity you have (unprotected anal/vaginal sex, sharing needles) that pose a possibility for acquiring HIV.
When it comes to symptoms of HIV, including Acute Retroviral Syndromes, there are no clinically defined symptoms; hence testing is the only way to know one's HIV status.Some people may experience strong flu-like symptoms (high fever) 2-6 weeks after infection which only persist for up to 7-10 days like any other cold. But most people don't experience anything at all. Those symptoms you might have found while Googling may show up after living with HIV for 4-7 years, sometimes longer, without taking medication for it.
Being said, rashes/ Keratosis pilaris and Laryngitis/sore throat are not symptoms of HIV. They might be caused by stress, allergy or other reasons. If they bother you, it may be good idea to talk to a doctor.
Your test result at 6 weeks is a great indicator of your status. As 3 months/12 weeks is considered conclusive internationally, I recommend you to re-test at 3 months to receive a conclusive result.
Please keep in mind that a test at/after 3 months of pose possible exposure is considered conclusive.
Hopefully you find the information helpful.If you have any other questions/concerns, please feel free to write us back.
Stay healthy and keep smiling,YoshikoAIDS Vancouver Helpline VolunteerE-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.orgPhone (Mon-Fri 9-4pm): (604) 696-4666Web: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/helpline
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