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Offline jim1984

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worried about my poor oral health
« on: April 04, 2009, 07:28:27 AM »
Hi all,
I am just wondering what the experts and others thoughts are on my situation.
5 weeks ago I gave head to an unknown gay man at a bathhouse. he ejaculated unexpectedly in my mouth. I spat it out but the next day I realised I had a large sore/ulcer on the inside of my cheek. the sore was quite painful the next day which is why I noticed it. 6 days later I developed a post nasal drip and felt like i was getting a cold. 2 days after this my tonsils swelled up and were sore for bout 6 days. about a week after they got better I had some mild tenderness in my underarms and groin lymph nodes. there is no swelling in any nodes just a mild pain that comes and goes. Am i experiencing seroconversion illness? I have read that it takes 2 weeks to develop symptoms and that usually a fever or rash develop? I would greatly appreciate any advice on this! thanks

Offline RapidRod

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Re: worried about my poor oral health
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2009, 07:38:06 AM »
You were never at risk of contracting HIV ulcer or not.

Offline jim1984

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Re: worried about my poor oral health
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2009, 07:50:57 AM »
thanks for your advice Rod it is very relieving but I am finding it hard to stop my worry  :( this sore was quite large and definately a break in the skin. I know im probably just being paranoid but I keep getting told that cuts and open sores in the mouth case the risk of infection to become high?

Offline RapidRod

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Re: worried about my poor oral health
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2009, 08:08:13 AM »
Oral sex is not a risk and saliva has over a dozen different proteins and enzymes that inhibit HIV transmission.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: worried about my poor oral health
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2009, 09:10:30 AM »
Despite occasional reports of infection via giving oral, they never seem to hold up under careful scientific scrutiny.

Through longterm studies of sero-dystonic couples the results are clear that not a single sero-negative partner has become infected although there has been a great deal of mutual oral and consistent use of condoms for vaginal/anal intercourse.

As to your symptoms, there is nothing in any way HIV specific about any of them. You should be discussing them with your doctor if they persist. Also, ARS does not occur sequentially. If symptoms of seroconversion are going to happen they show up all at once and then are gone after a week or two.

From the tone of what you have written I suspect you aren't going to believe anything other than a negative test result. So for your peace of mind you can test if you must at 13 weeks and collect the inevitable negative result.

Andy Velez


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