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i had oral sex with a man. He enjulated in my mouth. After 5 1/2 weeks i had a 4geneation test and it was negative. BUT after 6 weeks i haad muscle pain and a headache at the right side of my head and my right ear and behind my neck that lasted 3 nights. in 7 1/2 weeks almost i had one more 4generation test which was negative too. the pain in my neck lasted almost 3 weeks. in 13 1/2 weeks i had a finger tip test and it was negative too. is the pain in my neck an hiv symtom?? do i need to have more tests????thank you very much.
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Anonymous
Hi, and thanks a lot for your question to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We see you're concerned about an encounter you had a few months ago. We'll provide some information here to help you assess the risk level of that encounter and the accuracy of the tests you've had since.

First off, HIV is not diagnosed by assessing symptoms simply because the symptoms of HIV are common to many other common conditions. The only way to conclusively determine your status is to have an HIV test. That said, it's great you've gone for testing.

The encounter you're describing (giving oral sex) is considered a low risk activity, meaning there have been a few reports of transmission occurring in specific circumstances. It's great you went for a test anyway, however. We also recommend testing routinely for anyone sexually active.

As for the tests you've had, the test you had at 13.5 weeks (if you had not had any other encounters between the one you're concerned about and then) is considered to indicate a negative status at this time conclusively. Again, we tend not to rely on symptoms when diagnosing HIV because symptoms are common to many other conditions.

We would encourage you to check out one of our favourite resources at [SmartSex ](http://smartsexresource.com/sex-talk/protection)for some great information on the use of protection. Condom use substantially reduces the incidence of HIV and STI transmission.

Thanks a lot for your question to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We hope this information has answered your question fully.

Trevor

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