|What do I have?
Sep 8, 2007
Male uncircumcised, received unprotected oral from Commercial SW, heavy kissing(I have receding gums), and protected vaginal. might possibly have some lesion on penis prior to this. I read that uncircumcised penis is more likely to pick up HIV virus. I was scared to death and did HIV testing in 12 days. I know it is too early, but about 20 days later after exposure, I have some red bumps on the thigh. I thought it was insect bites. There might have been blistered but I wasn't paying attention. It has healed after about 3 weeks but the red spots (maybe scar) are still there after four weeks. Was my immune system compromised to have these red spots (maybe shingles or herpes)? So if it were compromised, could it be HIV causing reinfection of chickenpox (these red spots be shingles)? I was tested positive for recently acquired herpes. IgG negative long term, IgM positive acute short term. Please help. It's been 6 weeks, HIV testing is being done in lab. It has been over 3 days already. I was told it can take more than a week. Losing my sleep over this. Please help
| Response from Dr. Conway
The symptoms you describe are completely consistent with recently acquired genital herpes. It is extremely easy to get this from unprotected oral sex, as many people (25% of the population) carry the herpes virus in their mouths. Your HSV serology testing confirms that you have recently been infected. HIV, on the other hand, is very hard to transmit or catch from oral sex. It is also hard to transmit from female to male during protected vaginal intercourse. I would say it is extremely unlikely you became infected with HIV, but it will be important that you get a test done about 3 months after the event to make absolutely sure this is the case.
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