Swollen Glands After Vaginal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV

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The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...about 600 to 1,500) How Do I Know if I Have HIV? Most people cannot tell that they have been exposed or infected. Symptoms of HIV infection may show up within two to four weeks of exposure to HIV, and can include fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, or rash. Some people do not notice the symptoms because the symptoms are mild, or people think they have a cold or the flu. The only way to know for sure if you are infected is to take an...
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Need help to keep sanity

Ingenious Doc,Your work for helping others in need is appreciable beyond words and rewards. This site has kept me sane but still getting freaked every now and then.I recently had protected sex with CSW from Lithuania and scared of following possible...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...hole in the condom and the virus got though?A couple of weeks later I started feeling body aches, and could feel a couple of swollen glands in my neck. Not swollen enough to see them, just felt them. I also started noticing some small flesh... Read more »

Swollen Glands!!

hi Dr Bob, hope your doing well there.i had protective sex with 2 ladies of the night in east africa, i am male so was insertive, oral was performed on me and i fingered them also.3 weeks later i got swollen gland in my right groin, dont notice any...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,If a latex condom was used properly and didn't fail, your HIV transmission risk (protected insertive vaginal sex, insertive oral sex and fingering) would be very low. Having a single swollen lymph node is not worrisome for ARS; however, Read more »

deeply troubled

Hi Dr. Bob,I am so glad to have found your web site amidst a sea of mis information available on the web. I will be please to donate to your site to keep such a resource available to assist people like myself who are "worried sick" I have read much...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,The HIV risk from the events you describe is negligible to nonexistent. I, like your physician, believe that your "mind is working overtime." Read more »

Very Recent Encounter

I had an encounter with a strange woman 4/5 days back, and we had very deep and strong kisses, and she stroked her vagina and then stroked my penis with her hands for a long time. I had condom during oral and vaginalsex. Four to five days later I...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...condoms, especially if the condoms were used correctly and remained intact. Since HIV is only known to be transmitted during anal, vaginal, and oral sex (primarily through putting a penis in your mouth), you are not at risk for infection based on... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

...future) outbreak of genital herpes are fever, headache, muscle aches, painful or difficult urination, vaginal discharge, and swollen glands in the groin area. Often, though, people dont recognize their first or subsequent outbreaks. People who... Read more »
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS

...know if I'm infected? Immediately after infection, some people may develop mild, temporary flu-like symptoms or persistently swollen glands. Even if you look and feel healthy, you may be infected. The only way to know your HIV status for sure is... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...closed at one end. Condoms have been used for hundreds of years to prevent pregnancy by keeping a man's semen out of a woman's vagina. Condoms also help prevent diseases that are spread by semen or by contact with infected sores in the genital... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV-Related Risks:

...is characterized by flu-like symptoms including fatigue, sore throat, headache, joint aches, loss of appetite, and swollen glands; some people also experience patchy hair loss. People with this stage of disease may... Read more »
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I Dont know WhaT To Do!!!

Posted by salvino, 4 Replies
...are done i started getting a sore throat, my mouth is really dry all the time, i have this anal itch from time to time, also swollen glands under my chin and both of my underarms had them but now its only the left one but at first the hurt but... Read more »


Posted by ivo, 1 Reply
...im having faringitis (no swollen glands or lymphs)with some rushes exactly 3 weeks after my low risk encounter. well, there was oral sex, vaginal penetration with condom. Read more »

How can I identify a swollen gland (armpit)?!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...had an exposure 1.5 months ago with a guy that knew he was HIV + but didnt tell me anything until yesterday... I did not use a condom... I think I may have a little swelling in my armpits... Does anybody know how to identify if this is happening?... Read more »

really scared

Posted by abra1, 3 Replies
...being more careful i dont think i have had any of the symptoms i have had read on the internet - altho i think i had slight swollen glands and a headache the for a few days for no reason. This seems to have coincided with my worry and i dont... Read more »
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