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low risk activity, ARS symptoms?
      #93887 - 03/30/04 09:29 AM

On February 5th, I received oral sex from a girl of unknown status. I've found out later through friends that she is an IV drug user and has had sex with A LOT of men. I wrote about my situation to one of the experts but have not heard a response, so I am writing here.

About 3 weeks later, I got a mild cold. Didn't even think twice about it. That lasted about a week and I felt fine for a few days. Then the ARS symptoms hit me hard at about 4.5 weeks after the encounter. I had every symptom in the book except a rash. Went to the doctor, he thought I had strep throat because he could see "pus dripping off my tonsils". He tested me for it, but it came back negative. So that doesn't look good. He said I could have mono too, but he treated me as though I had strep because he thought there could have been too much bacteria in the sample that the test could have been overwhelmed. I got an antibiotic and felt better in about 24 hours. I couldn't handle the side effects of that one though, so he gave me a milder one that I took for 7 more days. For about the last 2 weeks now, I have been coughing constantly. I feel fine so far, but I keep coughing. Medicine doesn't help.

From the above, it looks like I have HIV, correct? So I should go get tested? It's funny, when I did it with that girl, she wanted to have sex but I told her no since I didn't have a condom. I thought I was being "safe" by just getting oral sex. And now, I might be the first documented case of it. Thanks for any advice/help.

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Re: low risk activity, ARS symptoms? new
      #93888 - 03/30/04 10:31 AM

Unless your penis was coated with blood, you will not be the first documented case of HIV transmission through insertive oral sex. Saliva does not transmit HIV and it would take a mouthful of blood to put you in the theoretical risk category.

Receiving unprotected oral sex does put you at risk for the following:

Gonorrhea
Herpes
Syphillis

You may want to consider being screened for those STI's, but a HIV test would only be needed in this case for peace of mind.

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Re: low risk activity, ARS symptoms? new
      #93931 - 03/30/04 05:19 PM

Thanks for the response. I just have a hard time thinking this could be something else because of the timing & the exact symptoms. I mean, what else could it be?

I think I'm actually more depressed than worried right now because I'm anticipating a positive test result.

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Re: low risk activity, ARS symptoms? new
      #94062 - 04/01/04 08:19 AM

It could be many things, but like I said, if there was no noticeable blood-it can't be HIV. Not from insertive oral sex.

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Re: low risk activity, ARS symptoms? new
      #99124 - 05/25/04 10:27 AM

[quote]On February 5th, I received oral sex from a girl of unknown status. I've found out later through friends that she is an IV drug user and has had sex with A LOT of men. I wrote about my situation to one of the experts but have not heard a response, so I am writing here.

About 3 weeks later, I got a mild cold. Didn't even think twice about it. That lasted about a week and I felt fine for a few days. Then the ARS symptoms hit me hard at about 4.5 weeks after the encounter. I had every symptom in the book except a rash. Went to the doctor, he thought I had strep throat because he could see "pus dripping off my tonsils". He tested me for it, but it came back negative. So that doesn't look good. He said I could have mono too, but he treated me as though I had strep because he thought there could have been too much bacteria in the sample that the test could have been overwhelmed. I got an antibiotic and felt better in about 24 hours. I couldn't handle the side effects of that one though, so he gave me a milder one that I took for 7 more days. For about the last 2 weeks now, I have been coughing constantly. I feel fine so far, but I keep coughing. Medicine doesn't help.

From the above, it looks like I have HIV, correct? So I should go get tested? It's funny, when I did it with that girl, she wanted to have sex but I told her no since I didn't have a condom. I thought I was being "safe" by just getting oral sex. And now, I might be the first documented case of it. Thanks for any advice/help. [/quote]

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Re: low risk activity, ARS symptoms? new
      #100720 - 07/03/04 12:20 AM

No, based on your symptoms and your exposure I doubt VERY much that you have been infected with HIV.

I'm responding to your message because I had a similar low risk possible exposure and had almost exactly the same symptoms in the same time frame as you. It started off with an unusually heavy cold a few weeks after, which I didn't worry about too much, followed by a few days of feeling fine, then at four weeks following the possibe exposure an (intermittant) low grade fever (up to 37.8), headache, severe diorhhea
(damn, I can never spell that :)), complete loss of appetite, sore throat, white tongue, and some weight loss - no surprise when you're constantly on the shitter and worried sick. These symptoms lasted about 3-4 days until I took antibiotics and everything felt a lot better within 24 hours except the cough - which was REALLY unusually bad and stayed with me for almost 3 weeks. The doctor told me if the other symptoms were getting better with antibiotics then it won't be a viral infection like HIV, but a bacterial one.

I even had myself convinced that I did have a mild form of the rash on my chest and face, but it was probably just prickly heat or a razor burn. I was really scared and convinced I had contracted HIV.

I was tested with an ELISA three weeks following the possible exposure - negative, as tends to be the case. At 7 weeks post possible exposure I had a nested PCR and another ELISA - both NEGATIVE.

The doctor who conducted my tests (a different one from the one who gave me antibiotics) handles a lot of HIV infected people and does a lot of testing - said that as that PCR test is very, very accurate at 7 weeks, and with the negative antibody test at the same time, it is almost certain that I am clean, and that I should only get another antibody test at 3 months IF I am worried - just to ease my mind. In other words, it appears that I am almost certainly ok.

So, what probably happened? A bunch of things at once it seems...I had a severe cold, I probably contracted a stomach flu (due perhaps to bad food or water), and a bronchial infection within days/weeks of each other. Unlikely? I thought so but this must happen all the time.

Get the test, yes, to ease your mind, but I'm betting you'll almost certainly turn out fine. However, as another poster said, you may have put yourself at risk for contracting another STD like herpes, etc., but HIV? I really doubt it, it's really really really rare for those sticking their wick in somebody's mouth. To have 100% of peace of mind about HIV next time you get a BJ, wrap it up - this also GREATLY reduces the chances of you passing other STDs, etc. on to your partner giving you the BJ. As for me I will get tested for other STDs and probably will get another ELISA as well at three months because it's hard to cure a worry-wart! ;)

GOOD LUCK to ALL of you out there (+ or -) God be with you all and if you play, play safe! Rock the vote and support a candidate who supports health care, in the USA and especially in the third world!! This experience has at least made decide to have a lifestyle change and I now know where my vote will go (read: not to Bush). We are with you and love you all.

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