|Symptoms relating to possible HIV and Hep C exposure
Sep 25, 2013
I'm a 24 year old female. About 10 weeks ago i shared a straw to do cocaine with a stranger. About 6 weeks after that i had a drunken hook-up with a stranger. I gave unprotected oral sex for about 30 seconds. We had protected sex but the first two condoms we used broke, i heard it pretty much right away and he put a new one on. I don't think he ejaculated into the broken condoms. He did ejaculate into the new condom which i believe was still intact. A couple of days after the hookup i started noticing the glands in my neck hurt and i generally felt unwell. Since then I've developed a intermittent sharp pain in my upper right quadrant (bottom of rib cage),constant fatigue, body pains, painful armpit glands, mild intermittent headaches, nasty cottony taste in my mouth, and indigestion/burning stomach/ general digestive problems. How likely is it that these symptoms are related to HIV or Hepatitis C? I got tested for HIV, Hep C, syphilis, gonnorhea (with throat swab) & chlamydia (with throat swab)three days after the incident, which all came back negative.
How likely is it that these i'm having are related to HIV or Hepatitis C?
| Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman
Hello there- I think the symptoms you report certainly could be related to hep C exposure, I think time course for HIV would be a bit long as those symptoms tend to occur between 2-4 weeks out. For Hep C, if symptoms occur, the average time is 67 weeks after exposure, but this can range from 2 weeks to 6 months. I would certainly suggest retesting for both now. Take care, LHW
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