|HIV Risk & Symptom
Apr 19, 2001
Dear Doctor, I may be one of those worried well, but a little info can't hurt right? Four weeks ago I had an extremely low risk encounter. I picked up a sheet that was damp with semen. The status of the patient is unknown. Where the risk comes in is here---I had a few hangnails, where the upper layer of skin (in small areas) around my nails were pulled back. These hangnails were not "fresh" that is they were not bleeding. I tried to dismiss the incident until a few days later when I started with slight headache, I passed it off as stress. At two and a half weeks, my left tonsil became swollen. There were no swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin, or armpit regions, and neither was there fever or rash - just one slightly swollen tonsil that was not "white with puss, nor deep/bright red" and no pain only slight discomfort when swollowing but not when eating or drinking. It was gone within a few days. Could these be related to HIV, or should I do as I was advised and forget about the situation? (One months 2 months prior to the above mentioned incident, I tested negative) Thank you for taking the time to read and reply to my question.
| Response from Dr. Henry
From what you described it is extremely unlikely that those symptoms represented new HIV infection. KH
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