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Author Topic: Long term tonsil problem  (Read 2992 times)

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Offline bearcub

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Long term tonsil problem
« on: January 02, 2011, 01:36:32 PM »
I am a gay male that has put myself in risky situations before. I am most often the receptive partner when I am with a guy. I have never had a guy's cum in me, but have had unprotected sex several times with the same man. He has told me that he is negative, but I got the feeling that he was not being entirely truthful with me.
Anyways, on to the point... For about 4 years now I have been having serious tonsil problems. They are extremely swollen and result in many instances of strep throughout the year. I am going to have them removed soon after a recent appointment with the ENT in which he suggested that they come out.
Previous to this, I had been doing research regarding tonsil problems, and much of what I read stated that chronic swollen tonsils can be due to HIV infection.
I am not asking for medical advice here, as I know this is not the place. However, I am wondering if anyone can shed light on whether it is true that swollen tonsils can be a sign of HIV infection or not. My tonsils are not painful and I do not have any other swollen glands that I can tell.
I never had any other conversion symptoms other than the sore throat, tonsil problems and some tiredness.
I am aware that this also could have indicated Mono. But, many of the websites indicate that HIV early symptoms are "Mono-like". I grow more and more confused.
The problem is that I do not have a doctor, and the clinic does not allow me time to ask the questions that I want. The ENT did not allow me time to ask questions either. I have been to the emergency room for this problem, but they make me wait in the waiting room for hours and hours. I cannot take the time off work to continue to have this problem assessed.
I know, lame excuse... And in reality, I have been having many sleepless nights due to my anxiety about my potential HIV status. I am fearful of what will happen when the tonsils are removed. If I have HIV, will the infection become out of control after the tonsil removal? Or is tonsillitis really a sign or symptom of HIV infection????
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Re: Long term tonsil problem
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 12:50:34 AM »
Bearcub,

The ONLY way to know your hiv status is to test and I suspect this is what is ultimately behind your doctors' reticence in answering your questions. They should have told you to test.

As long as you test three months or more past your last incident of unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse, your test will be conclusive.

If you have not been having unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse (and that is unclear) then you have not been at risk and whatever is going on with your tonsils has nothing to do with hiv.

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