|HIV risk - brazil, menstruation
Jul 29, 2008
I had sex with who I suspect was a Brazilian prostitute roughly a month ago. The sex was protected, although the condom was of questionable quality as it was un-lubricated and only covered my penis by approximately 3 quarters. To my knowledge it didn't break, although I realized the girl was menstruating at the time and there was a significant amount of blood. About 2 weeks ago, I got ulcers on my gums and a week ago ALL my glands started to swell. Also, there is a blister looking sore on my testicles. Obviously I am very concerned. My question is 2 fold:
Can I get tested at the 4 week mark to get some indication or do I need to wait another 2 weeks? Could the swollen glands be caused by something else? maybe syphilis? I don't have a sore throat or any noticeable infections... Please advise
| Response from Dr. Frascino
1. I would recommend you wait for the three-month mark. HIV-antibody tests (ELISA, EIA, rapid tests, etc.) taken prior to three months from the date of exposure are not considered conclusive or definitive.
2. Yes, swollen glands can occur with a great many ailments other than HIV. Regarding the "blister looking sore on (your) testicles," I would have this evaluated by a physician or STD clinic without delay. There are several sexually transmitted diseases that can cause blistering sores, including herpes. (Primary syphilis usually presents as an ulcer known as a chancre.) Don't wait. Get this evaluated and treated now.
Finally, I've got a question for you. Your condom fully unrolled only covered three quarters of your Mr. Happy? Hmm . . . impressive. Just how big is that joystick of yours??? I'll bet you're Italian, right?
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