Anonymous
hi,
I had unprotected oral sex once and protected intercourse thrice in the last 2 years with a sex worker.Since the past 2 years,I have been continuously experiencing swollen lymph nodes under my armpit and near my ear along with a blister every month in my mouth and sores on my penis.Last year I had dry cough which lasted for 3 months for which the doctor said it was due to my sinus condition.Should I be worried about HIV?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

In terms of your risk levels, I will break down your activities one by one:

1) Since you have not specific whether you were giving or receiving oral sex, I will address both. Giving oral sex is considered to be a Low Risk, meaning that there have been a few reports of infection attributed to these activities, but usually under certain identifiable conditions (i.e. the condom breaking, etc)

2) Receiving oral sex is considered to be a Negligible Risk, meaning that while it is theoretically possible to acquire HIV in this scenario, there has never been a confirmed report.

3) Protected intercourse (with a condom) is considered to a a Low Risk scenario.

Now, in terms of your symptoms: there are no specific symptoms of HIV. In fact, certain individuals may never develop symptoms, and for those who do, most symptoms will go away after a few days, or at most, a couple of weeks. This is why the only way to diagnose HIV is to get tested. Because HIV symptoms mirror so many other viral infections or can be explained by other things, we do not go by symptoms here at AIDS Vancouver. If this symptoms are causing you distress, it would be a good idea to consult a health care professional in order to determine their cause.

I hope I have answered your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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