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I met a guy off an app on 27th. We engaged in very rough kissing and mutual oral sex without ejaculation. The next day, my mouth was inflammed because of kissing. There was a tiny cut too. Exactly after 9 days, on the 6th night, I developed a mild sore throat. The next morning, I was feeling like I had a cold, and the temperature ranged between 99.0 - 99.5 F. I took some over the counter meds, and the sore throat eased. It came back again last night. I do not feel very feverish, and throughout the day, the temperature remains around 98.6 but during evenings, it goes up to 99.4. I have some phlegm and I cough mildly too. I do not catch colds easily, and the last time I had it was 3 years ago. Can blowing after rough kissing with a tiny cut cause HIV? The symptoms do not feel like a flu, but more like a cold. Yet, the sore throat is quite bad. I did not take PEP, as it is not recommended for oral sex without ejaculation. I knwo symptoms say nothing but considering my low-risk exposure (coupled with rough kissing), and the cold/sore throat symptoms, am I suffering from ARS?
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after an interaction that evolved deep kissing (with a tiny cut present) as well as mutual oral sex.

Deep kissing, even with the tiny cut present, is a No Risk activity. Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV.

You are correct that giving oral sex is considered a Low Risk activity. This means that it presents 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).

Therefore, the overall risk rating for you situation is Low Risk.

HIV presents itself differently in different people, therefore we cannot comment on the symptoms that you have been experiencing. I would, however, recommend that you contact your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and develop a treatment plan. Symptoms can be indicative of other viral infections.

Here at AIDS Vancouver we encourage everyone to make HIV testing a part of their regular health care maintenance routine. The only way to know your status is to be tested. When you visit your heath care provider you can ask for an HIV test and know your status.

I would also encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • Smart Sex


  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • HIV Basics


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary
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