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Where do you get lymph nodes on your neck?
Apr 25, 2001

hello.i went for a hiv test 7months and 2 weeks after i had unprotected sex with a girl and i tested out negative. i admit, i am a hypochondriac and dont believe the test for some reason. i should be fine though right? and another question.... where do you get the lymph nodes on your neck? do they grow big , what do they look like, i am very concerned. please get back to me.

Response from Dr. Dezube

Lymph nodes are a normal part of the immune system. They become enlarged if you get an infection (a viral or bacterial infection). Although patients with HIV get swollen lymph nodes, most patients with swollen nodes do NOT have HIV. We worry about lymph nodes, which are unusually large; those which are out of proportion to other nodes; or nodes which are persistent in nature. Sometimes it is necessary to biopsy nodes to find out what's going on. As for your 7 month test, you should be fine from an HIV-standpoint. There's no need to get retested, unless you have further unsafe exposures.


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