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Apr 2, 2003

Dear Dr. Bob:

I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer the many, many questions of all the worried well out there as well as those who are living with HIV and suffering from fatigue and anemia. You are a real hero and are truly appreciated.

I have a two part question and would be grateful if you can help me out. One, can you experience ARS symptoms ~72 hours after a possible exposure? (protected vaginal intercourse and unprotected oral sex)? The symptoms subsided after about 3 days and I had NO serious sore throat but had fever, chills, terrible muscle aches and experienced weight loss. And second, can you get chlamydia from giving or receiving unprotected oral sex? Can you get it from protected vaginal sex? Can obtaining another STD cause the symptoms mentioned above?

Thanks for taking the time to read this...I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay well

worried in jersey

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hey Worried in Jersey,

Can you get ARS symptoms 72 hours following a sexual exposure? Most likely not. It generally takes several weeks. Can you get ARS symptoms 72 hours after protected vaginal intercourse? Absolutely not. If the sex was "protected" by a latex condom, you wont be getting ARS at 72 hours, 72 days, 72 weeks, or 72 years. HIV cannot penetrate latex. Unprotected oral? Current studies say the risk is extremely, extremely low. And, as mentioned above, ARS symptoms at 72 hours would be most unusual.

Can you get Chlamydia from unprotected oral sex? Yeah, you betcha. Can you get it from protected vaginal sex? Nope.

Fever, chills, muscle aches, weight loss all these are fairly common symptoms often associated with flu, or even a common cold. If the symptoms all subsided in 3 days, how much weight could you have lost? Also, transient symptoms like these are usually a mild viral (not HIV) infection, which resolves spontaneously.

Id say you dont really have anything to worry about Mr. Worried in Jersey --- except maybe living in Jersey? Stay well.

Dr. Bob

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