Please help and extremely anxious. I have had an oral exposure to a CSW on Aug 11 and did not have vaginal sex. It was a massage and oral was unprotected. I did a HIV test Elisa at 2 weeks Neg, Duo HIV test at 6, 12 and 23 weeks negative. After 6 months now post exposure I have developed localized swelling on left salivary gland possibly parotid. I can definitely see the swelling when compared to the right side. GP advised that it is a salivary gland infection. There is no pain but it is uncomfortable for me. Slight difficulty in moving jaws. I did develop mild sensation of swelling 2 weeks post exposure but not visible like it is now. The swelling is benign and not bilateral. The swelling has remained for over 5 weeks now. My questions is
is such a salivary gland swelling to be worried about especially for HIV?
Do i need another HIV test? Do people seroconvert so late or is there a possibilities that tests miss certain strains of infections? Any comments are much appreciated
Your salivary gland enlargement is actually due to bacterial or a viral infection, which can be confirmed by a few blood tests and a physical examination by your doctor.
HIV ELISA Tests , check for antibodies against both HIV 1 and HIV 2, and such accredited tests, have a high sensitivity above 99.9%. Hence there should be no doubt about HIV not being detected in your case especially after 6 months. Since your tests at 23 weeks is negative, it is conclusive that you are HIV negative. There is no need to do any further testing with regard to HIV.
You should consult with your doctor who can prescribe you a course of antibiotics, which will help in resolution of the symptoms.
You seem to be a saviour and have comforted so much in the last few weeks, THANK YOU FOR THE RESPONSE, and I feel a bit better now. I have taken keflex for about 5 days and no effect and now I'm taking Abbocillin where it is making me tired, no pain but the whole left side feels stretched or numb or tight. My left side feels as it was wounded. I don't care if it any other illness but just don't want it to be HIV
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