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Time between exposure and ARS symptoms

Aug 4, 2009

Hi Doc,

I don't want to waste time or space so will cut this short. I had protected sex about a year ago with someone who has since been diagnosed as HIV positive. I do not believe the condom failed but I do remember becoming very ill around about 40-48hrs after exposure with a fever, headache etc.. In your opinion, is it likely that even if the condom did fail, I would experience ARS symptoms so soon after exposure...?


Neil, Scotland

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi Neil of Scotland,

First of all if the condom failed (broke), most likely you would have known. It's generally not a subtle event. Mr. Happy's head comes poking out of the condom like your head pokes out of a turtleneck sweater!

Second, the symptoms associated with HIV acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) generally manifest themselves two to three weeks after HIV primary infection. Consequently no, it is not "likely" that your symptoms at 48 hours were HIV related.

Now that I've answered your question Neil, can you answer one for me and our readers! What do Scotsmen wear under their kilts? Inquiring minds want to know.

Be well Neil.

Dr. Bob

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