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Dr. Wohl, please help. Oral and ARS
Aug 2, 2014

I'm 19 years old. I'm straight, but recently, I let a male (my neighbor, 19 years old) perform oral sex on me. I received the oral sex. I DID NOT perform oral on him. 11-12 days after the incident I came down with a fever of 100-102 for 3.5 days, a sore throat and a swollen lymph node in my neck on the same side where the sore throat was. Now 3.5 weeks later, I went for a HIV test, I get my results tomorrow and I'm absolutely petrified. I was told by the counselor that getting fellatio is not a risk for HIV as you only come in contact with Salvia. Unless I have the habit of punching the ones who perform oral on me, there would not enough blood present to pose a risk.

Knowing that my friend's last unprotected gay encounter (and his only sexual experience) was 8 months ago in college (unprotected insertive anal), we took 3 home OraQuick HIV test over the last 2 weeks and all 3 came back negative for him but I can't help but to worry as to why these symptoms were appearing and maybe we performed the test wrong. The counselor for OraQuick basically said that if there was a control, then the test worked and was done properly and as long as their was 3 months between the last exposure, any result can be taken as conclusive.

My doctor claims that it's going around this type of virus with the symptoms I experienced and that it could as last as one week to 10 days but that wasn't enough to calm my fears. Please help. Thank you.

Response from Dr. Wohl

Not sure I can add anything except to say I agree with your doctor that you are not HIV+.

DW



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