Anonymous
Hi Doc,

It is now the 22-month mark of me receiving oral sex from a CSW in Macau. During this time I have had a lot of questionable symptoms:

- severe sore throat within the 6th week with red bumps at the back of the mouth

- lymph nodes less than 1cm in the neck

- nausea, lethargy

- 3 cases of angular cheilitis

- semi-night sweats (not really drenched) more of hints of sweat

- new mole on finger

- weird bruise out of nowhere on the ear

And the most alarming is thinning of my legs and arms. My knees dont have fat around it, while my forearm bone is prominent. I also have a bulging stomach and a start of enalrged breasts. I dont know if I also have the start of a buffalo hump but my traps are getting bigger not really sure if muscle or fat.

Is this Lipo???? I have been tested by Abott Architect AG/AB at the 7th, 10, 12th, 17th, and 21st WEEK mark. All negative.

Should I be worried???!!
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We are happy to help answer your questions.

First, we want to let you know that we are volunteers trained with general information about HIV (from the BC CDC), but are not doctors.

It sounds like you are worried about the symptoms you are experiencing even though you have received several negative results after being tested for HIV. To answer your question, the results of your 4th Generation EIA test (antigen+antibody) can be considered reliable and conclusive. Having said that, the symptoms you are experiencing are probably not related to HIV, but we may suggest that you continue to partner with your local healthcare professional(s) to find the support you need to treat them.

ABOUT THE 4th GENERATION EIA

* looks for BOTH antigen and antibodies

* antigen is detectable immediately after infection

* most people develop detectable antibodies as early as 21 to 25 days post-exposure

* 95% of infections are detected within 4 to 6 weeks post-exposure

* many HIV specialists consider this test conclusive at 6 weeks post-exposure, but the BC CDC suggests that re-testing after 12 weeks (or later) is the safest measure

* the results of your HIV tests, taken at 7, 10, 12, 17, 21 weeks post-exposure can be considered conclusive by both standards


ABOUT YOUR EXPOSURE

* receiving oral sex is considered a negligible-risk activity for acquiring HIV and there has never been a confirmed report of HIV being acquired from this activity in BC.

* saliva (spit) contains a substance (enzyme) that helps stop HIV transmission from happening

* HIV cannot be passed on after bodily fluids have been exposed to the air

* the urethra (in the penis) does not provide direct access to the bloodstream when it is not contained inside the body (e.g. anus, vagina)

*
receiving oral sex from a commercial sex worker does not increase the risk of acquiring HIV; we use the activity, and not the individual, to find out if a risk of HIV transmission is present

To see how the above-mentioned factors affect the risk of acquiring HIV during other activities, click [here](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart)


Based on the information you have provided, we would say it is very unlikely to acquire HIV in the way you have described, and also, that the symptoms you are experiencing are probably not related to HIV. For this exposure, further HIV testing is not required.

Our goal is always to connect individuals to the healthcare professionals that are needed, and we would be happy to help you with that in the future. We can be reached by sending an email to [helpline@aidsvancouver.org](helpline@aidsvancouver.org)


We trust we have answered your questions and invite you to contact us again in the future. Thank you for contacting the
AIDS Vancouver Helpline.


Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer


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