|Oral Sex and Yeast Infections
Mar 25, 1997
Two years ago, I had unprotected oral sex with an ex-boyfriend. After meeting another person, I decided to have a test done. At the time, foolish me, I was under the assumption that you could NOT receive HIV by this means. I had a test done 3 months after the last unprotected sex and then 6 months later (borderline 6 months). This was done as a result of persistent flu-lik e symptoms. In fact, I had gone to the doctor because I was experiencing a sore throat, and I had raised pimples on the back gums where my wisdom teeth had been. They went away soon after antibiotics. I had had several headache episodes afterwards and was on massive antibiotics and steroids. Now, I have no headaches, but I have yeast infections which reoccur. They have been treated with different medications, but still come back. Should I go for another test, two years later? Everyone laughs at me, thinking that I am foolish that I could think I could have received it this way. I have never had vaginal sex, and I really am scared to go for another test. What do you think? Please answer this question, it is on my conscience. Thanks.
| Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question.
As to the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, please see the posting, "A MESSAGE FROM RICK SOWADSKY ABOUT SYMPTOM QUESTIONS" , which describes the symptoms of HIV and AIDS in detail. As you will note, if you test negative after 6 months, and you are showing symptoms, this indicates that the symptoms you are having are not HIV/AIDS related. There's no need for additional HIV testing. You need to see your doctor to determine what the actual cause of your symptoms is.
I would like to take this opportunity to warn all women that recurrent vaginal yeast infections can be a symptom of HIV (usually occurring years after HIV infection). Because the woman in this question has tested negative at 6 months, this indicates her yeast infections are not HIV related. However, in women who are having recurrent vaginal yeast infections and have not been tested for HIV, I do recommend HIV testing.
There are multiple reasons why a woman can have recurrent vaginal yeast infections (in addition to HIV). They can include (but are not limited to):
1) being on antibiotics
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