|Don't want to infect girlfriend
Nov 15, 2007
Hallo Dr. Bob
I had sex with an escort. I used a condom. This was my first and only time. 11 weeks after this I started feeling the symptoms. Nausea, pain in groin and under arms, sweats.
I then tested negative at 3 months. Symptoms went away for a week and then came back. What is worrying me most is that now I have pins and needles in my feet and hands, and they are sometimes slightly numb. Don't know what is going on. Your response will be grately appreciated. Also, I have never been so stressed in my life.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Protected sex is indeed "protected" if the latex condom was used properly and did not fail (break). Your negative HIV test at three months is definitive and conclusive and is totally expected based on your "non-exposure!"
Your "symptoms" are not worrisome for HIV/AIDS and in fact are much more suggestive of anxiety. That would correlate well with your statement ". . . I have never been so stressed in my life."
My advice is for you to de-stress and to stop worrying about an illness you could not possibly have! Try yoga, or perhaps counseling, to help you cope with your stress, anxiety and unwarranted fears of HIV.
Stay safe and you'll stay well.
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