Anonymous
Hey, so I just found out my boyfriend of almost 2 months had been cheating and having multiple partners during our relationship, as well as most likely never been tested throughout his life.
About a week and a half after we began becoming sexual (that is, me giving him oral with ejaculate in my mouth, and dry humping- penis on vulva contact but no penetration.) I developed a really bad cold that I just couldn't shake. I had a 102 fever, sore throat, and stuffy nose for about a week. I felt fine after, but a month later I still can't shake a stuffy nose and possibly swollen lymph nodes and cant figure out if it's allergies or not .

Bottom line is, I am very worried that I may have contacted HIV through our activities and these are symptoms of that. Please Advise.
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Anonymous

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission.

Giving oral sex is considered a Low Risk Activity. This means that there is a potential for HIV transmission because it involves an exchange of body fluids. There have been a few reports of infection attributed to activities in this category (usually under certain identifiable conditions).

It is considered Low Risk because saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV.

We currently do not attribute any symptoms to HIV, whereas HIV presents itself differently in different people. The symptoms that you have been experiencing could be indicative or other viral infections. I would recommend that you make a visit to your doctor. Your doctor will be able to help you form a treatment plan from your symptoms.

Here at AIDS Vancouver we encourage everyone to make HIV testing a part of their regular healthcare maintenance routine. If you feel that you would like to take an HIV test, you can ask you doctor for one.


I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • CATIE


  • Thanks again for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary

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