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could it be aids?
May 26, 2006

Hi

I have had unprotected sex with someone that (Now) I think had HIV. I referred to my doctor and started PEP immediately. But my concern is that starting from 24 hours from the unprotected sex, (same day as I started PEP) I have the following symptoms. 1- Occasional sore throat (varies throughout the day) 2- Fever (frequent varies trough out the day short term, as soon as I sit somewhere for half hour goes away) 3- Sweating (usually cold sweating) and change of body temperature. 4- dizziness.

Considering the fact that these symptoms started early (24 hours after possible exposure) and while I am taking the PEP, could they be HIV symptoms? Could these symptoms be side effects of the PEP medication? Or could it be a cold that I got in that day?

thanks

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

I'll be brief. With or without PEP, HIV ARS symptoms do not begin 24 hours after exposure. No way. No how.

I have no way of telling you what is causing your symptoms over the Internet, but I can tell you it's not HIV, since they began 24 hours post-exposure.

Dr. Bob



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