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Author Topic: Another Oral question - need reassurance  (Read 605 times)

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Offline Oral101

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Another Oral question - need reassurance
« on: July 19, 2019, 12:20:26 pm »
Hi,

In some way I just need relief from the extreme anxiety I have been experiencing, I can barely function on a day to day Basis. I know that HIV is a very low risk when it comes to oral sex.

I'm from South Africa.

5 weeks ago I had unprotected Oral sex (Deep throat) with a guy. I was the one who gave the deep throat. 

Two weeks ago I had unprotected oral sex again with a different guy(Deep throat) , I was also the one who gave the oral sex. 

Two days later I had a weird feeling in my throat that lasted for a week and a half, almost like an enlarged lymph node and I woke up with a stiff neck. The strange feeling in my throat lasted for a week and a half.

For the past week I've been experiencing headaches, I have pain in my groin (one of my lymph nodes on one side is bigger than the other), pain in my arms, neck, swollen and tender lymph node in the crease of my left arm above my elbow, fatigue, white tongue and sores in my mouth. 

This is really stressing me out and I'm too scared to go for for an HIV test.

Side note - I went for an HIV test two months ago and it was negative. I've never had any risky sexual behavior- anal sex (I'm gay). Only oral sex with a few guys.


I went to the Dr today. He gave me some meds as he thinks it's a viral infection. He noticed the swollen lymph node on my left arm, but he's not sure why it's swollen.

Is this something that should be keeping me up at night in terms of a possible HIV infection given the info above.

Will really appreciate your feedback.

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Re: Another Oral question - need reassurance
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2019, 12:41:26 pm »
Hiya,

Relax, nothing you mentioned is HIV specific, the doctor who examined you also put it down to a common infection, i.e viral infection. Nodes swell for all kinds of common reasons, keep taking the meds he has provided you and, if it does not get better follow-up with them. 

I understand you tested 2 months ago, negative so you did not have HIV 5 months ago taking into account the longest window period and, the only activities mentioned was giving a BJ. Well giving a blowjob is such a minute/near negligible concern with regards to HIV that we don't even recommend specifically testing over it.

So, no need to panic or stress, just get tested whenever you are next normally due a routine check-up.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Another Oral question - need reassurance
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2019, 12:48:53 pm »
Thank you

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Re: Another Oral question - need reassurance
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2019, 12:58:02 pm »
You're welcome
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Offline Oral101

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Re: Another Oral question - need reassurance
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2019, 12:02:26 pm »
Hi Guys, me again.

I've been going absolutely crazy over the past five days. I can't stop googling my symptoms and giving Oral sex and the HIV risk.

I still have all of my symptoms ( pain in groin, under my arms, chest and neck, ulcers and now itching on my neck ). Went to the Dr on friday, he gave meds for a viral infection but it didn't help.

I know that I have to go for an STD test but I'm to scared, especially for the HIV test.


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Re: Another Oral question - need reassurance
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2019, 12:19:45 pm »
Hiya

Stop googling! When I did that I apparently had Ebola a few weeks back. Thankfully google is not an doctor and, at the moment googling is just making you even more paranoid, hence stop doing it!

You did not have HIV 5 months ago and, nothing to suggest any change in that, at least not from what you posted here. I will presume the last test was just routine screening.

Now regardless of your HIV status, some of the symptoms are simply not at all related to initial HIV at all. So go see your GP again, keep in mind viral infections take time to recover from and, follow your doctors recommendations.

Best, Jim
« Last Edit: July 23, 2019, 12:23:28 pm by Jim Allen »
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