Anonymous
I had a Oral encounter with a women in a strip club on mid of March 2014. I performed oral(vaginal) on her for about 5-10 min, and other than that we dint have any other sexual contact. Now since first week of September i started to have some symptoms like sore throat, mild dry cough, sleeplessness, occasional headaches congested nose (I am hardly sleeping).Should i be worried, are these symptoms of HIV infection. I also have bad gums from a very long time(Really scared this may increase the chances of HIV infection). Its been a month and sore throat, congested nose still persist with occasional mild dry cough. please advise. Thank in advance
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for choosing the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of information.

Performing or giving oral sex is considered a low risk activity. This means that this risk level presents a potential for HIV transmission because it potentially involves the exchange of body fluids, yet there has been a few reports of infection attributed to this activity.

As far as your symptoms go, there are no clinical symptoms associated with HIV. This means that no consistent physical symptoms have been observed among people with HIV. With that being said, some infected individuals do experience a strong flu-like illness 2-3 weeks post exposure, and this last for about 8-10 days. However, some infected individuals experience no symptoms at all.

It is not likely that the symptoms you're experiencing are HIV related. The best way to know your status is to get tested. We also suggest that you reach out to a healthcare professional in you are.

You might find the following website to be helpful: [Smart Sex Resource ](http://smartsexresource.com/).

In health,

Moe, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer.
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