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hey recently i had a exposure and i was topping and it was my first time to ever have sex . BIG MISTAKE. it was unprotected and the insertive part was about a min or less. im worried i didnt develope any symptoms and it has been over a month now . after 2 week from exposure i had only 1 day fever below 101 f and a slight sore throat. after 3 weeks i found swollen lymph node in my neck ONLY NECK i can feel them they are not tender. and yea im circumcised. can i know whats my risk : (
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Anonymous
Hello, and thank you for contacting AidsVancouver Helpline. I'm sorry to hear that you've been stressed about this matter, and I'll be glad to help you with this.

So first, I like to address that there are no clinically defined symptoms for an HIV infection, since any flu-like symptoms can be due to other infections. In your case your symptoms may just be a common cold or a flu. The only accurate way of knowing your HIV status is therefore by having an HIV test.

Having unprotected sex is a "high risk" activity, and here at AidsVancouver we recommend everyone to be tested for HIV following a high risk activity. I recommend visiting your local clinic or health care professional; you can be tested as early as 3 weeks, however for a test to be conclusive it will have to be done at 12 weeks post-exposure. You are not necessarily HIV positive, since your partner may not have had HIV, also the fact that you are circumcised also reduced the chance of HIV transmission, but it is important to be tested after any high risk activity just to be safe.


I hope that answered your question. If you like more information, please contact our helpline again, or visit us at AidsVancouver.org.

In health,

Ali,

Helpline volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline

Phone: 604-253-0566 ext 299

Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm (PsT)

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