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Author Topic: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?  (Read 3129 times)

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Offline lacriadelgallo

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Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« on: June 19, 2009, 11:13:55 AM »
First off all, I want to personally thank you for all the work you do. This site has given me some piece of mind through all the anguish these past couple of weeks. I have looked through many postings and my risk of exposure seems to be very low (or zero) but I'm really hoping you can confirm my findings. Below are the details of my possible HIV exposure:

The event took place late Saturday 4/18 early Sunday 4/19. We met a woman in a disco. We ended up engaging in unprotected oral sex, kiss and handjobs. Room was very dark and I don´t know if she (for example) has menstruation or not

I wasn't worried since I know about the very low risk with oral sex, however, I started to feel 'flu-like' symptoms coming on by Tuesday (two-half days later). Fever started on Tuesday and by Wednesday I had swollen lymph nodes on my neck and a high-sore throat. I had night sweats Wednesday night. I went to the doctor thinking it was bacterial and I was prescribled Azithromycin(z-pack)which I took the same day, but this day appears in my knee a rash that go away in hours. By Friday I was feeling better, though my sore throat was still persistent and I took penicillin as my own decision. By Saturday, I was much better and was feeling great, but during 15 or 20 days more I´m felt moderately tired and rash appeared in my arms and knees (always goes away in 2 or 3 hours and appears next day). I had a very minor sorethroat (almost comes at early day and goes). I had diarrhea for two days but wasn´t very heavy

Knowing all this information and symptoms can you assess my risk? Can these symptoms be ARS? Do you recommend I get an HIV test? Is it possible that the inital symptoms and the symptoms I got after the Z-pack and penicilin are two different circumstances? What really worries me is that I got symptoms was starting to feel better for a couple of days and then I started getting other symptoms. What if the other symptoms are the initial onset of ARS?

Please let me know your thoughts. If it's not ARS any idea what else it could be? It´s the rash that I describe the typical rash? I had very times flu but never had a rash..
Your response is greatly appreciated as I await in agony. I'm hoping you response will put this matter to rest.

And sorry, I´m from Italy and my english is not very good...

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2009, 11:42:58 AM »
You were never at risk from oral, kissing or a masturbation.

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009, 01:16:51 PM »
I agree with Rod that you were not at risk for any of those activities. If you haven't already read our lesson on transmission, you should do that. There's a link to it in the Welcome thread which opens this section.

The only confirmed risks sexually for HIV transmission are unprotected vaginal and anal intercourse. Everything else is either clearly no risk or only theoretically risky. In the real world of HIV we know it's about unprotected intercourse.

There is nothing HIV specific about any of your symptoms and in any case neither the presence nor the absence of symptoms will ever tell you anything accurately about HIV status IF you have had a real risk. Which you have not.

We can't diagnose symptoms here. If they persist you should discuss them with your doctor.

This is not an HIV situation and there is no need for testing.

Cheers.

is ac
Andy Velez

Offline lacriadelgallo

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2009, 11:14:36 AM »
Thanks, Rod and Andy. I was very depressed when symptoms started, and all of these symptoms were the same that the majority of those which are described, but to be sincere they began in only 2-3 days, something that relieved me a bit... Thanks a lot guys. I have the last question. In my company we donate blood once a year and the next time is 3/July. I ever donate ( I think is good for all and too I know my blood "health"), but i think that this time i must no donate, what do you think about that?

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2009, 11:55:30 AM »
There is no reason for you not to donate.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2009, 05:09:20 PM »
I agree with Rod. You were not at risk and happily HIV is not an issue for you at this time.

Donate! 
Andy Velez

Offline lacriadelgallo

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2009, 01:48:38 PM »
Thanks docs! :D I know, i said "last question", but you´re are experts and if you answer my last question (now yes, that´s my last question, I promise you!!! If not, ban me! ;) )

When I went to see the doctor, he felt my right lymp node swollen (neck) and said me if it hurts me. I answer that not.  I see in Internet, Ars produces multiple lymp nodes swollen. When I had this information i checked myself and I felt lymph nodes in both sides of the neck, both sides of the armpits and both sides of the groin ( Never before i check my nodes) This indicate that they are all swollen or normally a person can fell lymph nodes without it means that they are swollen?

This is my last post here, I promise, but i need to resolve my mistery

Thanks mates

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2009, 02:52:00 PM »
Swollen lymph nodes are something for you to discuss with your doctor. I can tell you that you need to keep your hands off of them as you can create a big(ger) problem by squezzing and otherwise manipulating them.

They are absolutely not an HIV-specific occurence.

And you still weren't at risk for HIV.
Andy Velez

Offline lacriadelgallo

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2009, 04:42:45 PM »
Thanks for all, Andy and Rod ;)

Offline lacriadelgallo

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2009, 03:06:10 PM »
Well, I donate today and I hope that results are ok. A hard days are wainting me...

Offline lacriadelgallo

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2009, 06:10:50 AM »
Negative at day 89. Thanks for all guys!

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Cunnilingus and fear, possible ARS?
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2009, 07:55:35 AM »
Good. That's no surprise but still, a negative result is always a happy thing to receive.

Now get on with your life and remember to always, without exception, use condoms for vaginal and anal intercourse. By doing that you will be well protected against the sexual transmission of HIV.
Andy Velez

 


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