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Offline veryworried234

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Symptoms..
« on: February 22, 2012, 06:23:52 AM »
Hi guys..

I've been following this site for about a year now because I am to scared to get tested.

I found reading previous threads calmed me down but the next day the worries would come back because of this symptoms I have been having.
I know my 'risk' is a no-risk from your previous answers, and that you can't diagnose HIV from symptoms.

BUT I can't shake the feeling that I did get infected.

My exposure:
Receiving a blow job and frottage.
This is definitely the only exposure I had because I lost my virginity that day.
And I don't do drugs.

I have this extreme dry mouth that came on about 9 weeks after exposure, and till this day never went away.
Now this isn't stress related because I confirmed with my dentist that all my salivary glands are NOT working properly.
Also he said that this could be a systemic disease.

A quick google gives me 3 illnesses that can cause dry mouth:

Sjogren's
Diabetes
HIV
Meds

I don't have diabetes, tested last month.
From the info I got, only older woman get Sjogren's.
I don't take meds so that ain't it either.
That leaves HIV which shows up in every dry mouth search.

The person I received a blow job from is prone to nose-bleeds.
So my worry is the blood may have been to much for his saliva-enzymes to destroy HIV cells.
But this I don't know because it was dark and didn't check.

So here is my questions.

1. Given the amount of blood I have been potentially exposed to, would you guys still consider it a no-risk?

2. How common is it for someone with HIV to have dry mouth -not from meds but HIV itself, and when does it usually occur?

3. What else could be causing dry mouth and a burning sensation in the mouth, if it isn't HIV?

Thank you for taking the time to answer yet another worried-well's questions.
It is greatly appreciated.





 

Offline veryworried234

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Re: Symptoms..
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 07:05:17 AM »
anyone?

Offline Ann

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Re: Symptoms..
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 07:26:56 AM »
Very,

How about a little patience?

1. NO RISK. If there were enough blood present to be a concern, you would have been covered in it and you would have noticed at some point, despite it being dark when you got the blowjob. Blood doesn't magically disappear.

2. I've been poz for 15 years, never taken hiv meds, and I do not have problems with my salivary glands. Never heard of any poz person having this problem - unless it was due to some med they were taking (not necessarily hiv meds). I've never, ever heard of having a dry mouth being an hiv symptom.

3. This is something to discuss in further detail with your doctor or dentist. We cannot diagnose you over the internet - nobody can.

You absolutely have NOT had a risk for hiv infection. Not one person has ever been infected this way and you won't be the first.

If you cannot bring yourself to believe that you had no risk (provided you've not been having unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse you neglected to tell us about), go test, collect your negative result and get on with your life.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED TO TEST SPECIFICALLY OVER A BLOWJOB, anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

Ann
« Last Edit: February 22, 2012, 07:28:53 AM by Ann »
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