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Quick question from down under
Jun 4, 2011

G'day Doc,

You do great work here, if you ever find yourself in Perth Australia I'll be sure to shout you a cold one (beer).

My question is - are mouth ulcers (small - maybe two of them) 14 days after exposure worrisome or suggestive of HIV ARS?

I had proected sex with a positivly charged dude (he was top gun) but now I'm worried that the rubber might have burst - even though I dont think it did and I'm experiencing ars through the mouth ulcers. No other symptoms to date which makes me think its unlikely but I could sure do with a reassuring answer from you.

If there was a risk - would mouth ulcers at 14 days post event be worrisome or suggestive of ARS?

Thanks

Jake

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hey, Downunder Jake.

Isolated mouth ulcers are not worrisome for HIV acute retroviral syndrome (ARS). Protected oral sex carries essentially no risk for HIV transmission. Even if the condom broke and you didn't notice (extremely unlikely mate!), your HIV-acquisition risk would remain remarkably low.

I'm hoping to get to Perth one of these days. I'm headed back to Sydney in October.

Cheers mate!

Dr. Bob



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