I'm 17 and I've had oral sex with two other men in the past couple of months. I also had anal sex with one but he wore a condom so I'm not too worried.
Yesterday I developed a sore throat and now I had a swollen lymph node on my neck. I've googled this and apparently it's a possible sign of HIV??? I'm also shaking but that might be out of anxiety than anything else. I do not have any other symptoms other than one swollen lymph node and a sore throat. I really don't know what to do because I have nobody to talk to about this and I'm really scared, please help!!
Symptoms due to HIV are very confusing and they can be due to a lot of other conditions. Hence HIV is not diagnosed based on signs on symptoms. It is diagnosed based on serology tests detecting HIV antigens and antibodies in the blood.
Your symptoms swollen glands could be due to common cold viruses or bacterial infection. You can consult a doctor who can prescribe a course of antibiotics to reduce your symptoms. Supportive therapy with NSAIDs (Advil), steam inhalation, cough lozenges, and adequate rest will also be helpful in quicker recovery.
The best way forward is to consult with your doctor, who can help you deal with your stress and anxiety. In addition you can clear all doubts about HIV by getting tested for HIV with a Antibody test after 4 weeks post exposure.
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