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Swollen knees and ankles

Feb 15, 2002

Dear Doctor,

After an exposure to someone with HIV recently - receptive oral sex w/o condom - my knees and ankles began to swell up a few days later.

I took medication and they went down but now the ankles are swollen again - could this be an ars symptom ?

Please assist

Response from Mr. Kull

The fact that your only risk was receiving oral sex means that your symptoms are most definitely not related to HIV. There is no evidence that people get infected through receiving oral sex: see

Did you see a doctor about your symptoms? Seeing your doctor about symptoms is important since HIV is not likely to be the cause of the swelling.


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