6 months after exposure
May 21, 2001
Dear Dr Ryan,
I hope you will answer my question. I had protected sex with a sex worker 6 months ago. Before that, I had unprotected oral sex with her also. A month after that, I had difficulty in breathing i.e. short of breath and have it until now. During the six months, I did not have any fever but had a flu for a week. For the last two weeks, I started to have neck pain and difficulty swallowing my saliva but not food. I also feel that I am more cold tolerant. I don't feel any enlarge nodes on my neck. I am starting to have headache as well. My lips are dry and I don't see any thrush in my mouth. Furthermore, I did not lose any weight during the last six months. Am I hiv infected? Please help. I am worrying about this for the last six months.
Response from Mr. Kull
The best way to tell if you are HIV infected is to get an HIV antibody test. You'll have trouble finding a heatlh professional willing to diagnose your HIV status based on general symptoms such as yours. Given the details of your encounter (intercourse with condom, unprotected oral sex), your risk is very low for infection.
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