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Should I be worried?
Aug 6, 2002

Hi Dr. Bob,

I had sex with a woman about 2 months ago, with a condom. The thing is, before we had sex, she told me she had HIV. I paid it no mind, since I figured if I used a condom it would be all right. But since that episode, I've been feeling tired all the time, I've been feeling like my neck is swollen, and the other day the entire right side behind my ears was swollen. I'm a little worried....ok maybe a lot worried. I tested negative at 4 weeks. Any advice?

ps. sorry that this isn't really a fatigue and anemia question, but I really love reading your responses and I trust your opinion on the matter. Thanks Dr. Bob.

Response from Dr. Frascino


My best advice would be to stop worrying! HIV cannot pass through a latex condom. Your symptoms are not suggestive of HIV. Have your doctor check out your "swollen neck" symptom. It may be completely normal. It certainly does not sound like an HIV seroconversion-type symptom. Fatigue can be related to all sorts of things, including anxiety/stress/depression; inadequate rest, diet, and/or anxiety; anemia, hormonal problems; infections; etc.; etc.; etc. Your 4-week test is negative. That's encouraging, but not conclusive. If you've had significant risk, I recommend you wait until 3 months for your HIV test.

Thanks for the compliments.

Stay well!

Dr. Bob

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