|Possible HIV infection a week ago
May 10, 2011
Hi Dr. Bob,
I tried to post this question yesterday, but perhaps it did not go through. I am a gay male who performed oral sex on a guy 8 days ago (Sunday) and found out a couple of days ago he his HIV +. He did not ejaculate in my mouth, but rather pulled out and ejaculated on my face, lips, and a little got in my mouth which I spit out. 3 or 4 days later, I began suffering from a sore throat and swollen neck glands which have only gotten worse to date. I can barely swallow. Also, I have started a fever and night sweats and chills beginning 2 days ago. I understand the risk of 1 in 10,000 regarding performing oral sex on an HIV + male, but would ARS symptoms show up within a week of exposure? By the way, a throat culture has ruled out strep throat, which now concerns me the culprit is a virus and could be primary HIV. Thanks for your attention.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
In general, the symptoms associated with HIV acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) begin two to three weeks after infection with the virus; however, there is some variability from person to person.
Oral sex carries only a low risk for HIV transmission/acquisition.
The odds are all in your favor that HIV is not the cause of your current symptoms.
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