Oct 18, 2001
I have a lot of worries regarding hiv:
1. Approx. 4 - 5 weeks after receiving oral sex from a high risk female i developed a short illness, which included diaarhea, nausea and a severely dry mouth. Also a very mild 2 day fever. I know symptons are non-specific, but these were very much like hiv infection. The only one which i'm not sure of is the dry mouth (which wasn't caused by stress, as i was only stressed afterwards!). Is dry mouth a sympton of hiv infection?
2. In reality how good are symptons at predicting hiv infection? If someone presented themselves in my situation, would you expect them to test +ve?
3. Anyway, i tested for antibodies at 7 and 12 weeks after exposure. Both were -ve. As i live in the uk they say testing at 3 months is completely accurate. I've noticed some other countries/states say 3 months. I know the window period has shortened over the last 10 or so years, from 2 years to 12 months to 6 months. Is 3 months the next 'shortening' as tests have got more accurate, or do they just think 95 accuracy is sufficient?
4. How certain are the 'experts' who claim no risk from receiving oral sex? I've heard some people have been infected via bites - isn't this evidence enough?
5. SHOULD I WORRY?
Thanks for your time.
Response from Mr. Kull
There is no evidence that HIV is transmitted by a person putting their mouth on your genitals/performing oral sex on you. Therefore, there would be no speculation that your symptoms were related to HIV infection.
See the articles posted on the "Oral Sex" page at The Body for more info (http://www.thebody.com/safesex/oralsex.html).
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