Anonymous
Hello -- Thank you for great service. I've one question and one question only. My exposures are "unprotected oral sex (receiving BJs from girls) and going down on girl (giving unprotected oral to one girl)". These all happened 1 year ago. Since then, I've been happily married.

In January of 2016, I had very visible swollen lymph node behind my right ear. It lasted for 1 and half week and it went down without any medication.

In May of 2016, I had very painful swollen lymph node under my right armpit. It lasted for 1 week and it went down without any medication.

Just three days ago, I had yet again very painful swollen lymph node under my right armpit (same spot). As of this writing, I'm still suffering from that lymph node. The pain is gone but little bit of swelling is still there.

Are these symptoms are HIV? I'm feeling completely healthy. I'm lifting weights, doing cardio, drinking and everything else. But, the recurrent swelling of lymph node has turned my world upside down. I could not sleep at nights. I'm thinking it's HIV. But then I'm thinking how could I have gotten HIV with such a low risk activity. I must admit that I do get occasional infected hair follicles. Would that cause repeated swollen lymph node under armpit? Can you please help!!
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Unfortunately here at AIDS Vancouver we are simply volunteers and do not possess the same knowledge that a medical professional may have. When it comes to HIV it is extremely hard to correlate the symptoms with HIV itself as those symptoms could be connected to various other illnesses. In this particular situation it might be best for you to partner with your personal doctor so the recurrent swelling of your lymph node can be addressed in a timely and proper manner.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Chris, Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org

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