About a month ago, I had intercourse with a girl i didn't know well. During part of intercourse, we didn't use protection (about 5 minutes). At about three weeks from the encounter, i noticed some minor swelling in my groin on the right side, more-so. Over the progression of the week, the swelling didn't change much, however, i began to have lower abdominal pains that were exacerbated by bloating (and relieved by passing gas). I have and continue to examine myself profusely for swollen lymph nodes in fear of having contracted HIV. However, i'm not sure how they would feel differently than regular lymph nodes. None of them are sensitive to the touch, but I can feel several in the inguinal and femoral region that are about pea size or so. I have also examined my neck and throat and I think I can feel a few, but once again, I don't know if that's normal. Would swollen nodes be bigger or more sensitive or should I not be able to feel them at all? Please advise. Thank you!
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health forum.
HIV is diagnosed based on the serological detection in the blood samples. It is not diagnosed on the basis of nonspecific signs and symptoms.
Your symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, acute enlargment of lymph nodes are very nonspecific and are not diagnostic of HIV infection.
PLEASE NOTE that HIV is transmitted by any activity where body fluids are exchanged, such as:
â¢ Unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex
(transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate)
The duration of the sexual encounter does not matter.
â¢ Unhygienic Intravenous drug use
â¢ Poorly sterilized dental and medical equipment
â¢ Unhygienic tattooing
â¢ Unhygienic acupuncture
â¢ Poorly screened blood transfusions
â¢ HIV infected mother to child transmission
The risk of HIV infection is high with unprotected intercourse with partner of unknown HIV status, risky sexual behavior, multiple sexual partners, IV drug use, and association with other STDs. The risk of HIV transmission when either of the partner is infected, increases with the presence of open bleeding cuts, sores, presence of other STDs.
You might consider to get tested for HIV after consultation with your doctor who can provide reassurance and also can clear all your doubts that you may have.
In addition blood tests can determine the cause of the lymph node enlargement.
Hi;I had unprotected sex with a girl I didn't know about 8months ago...3weeks later I had a slight fever that lasted for a day..I had no other symptoms...untill recently I noticed a rash on my left palm..it later spread to my right palm and my face....I took some antibiotics and it cleared for about a week....and came back again.. Now the rash is now spreading to the whole of my arms...I also notice two tiny swollen lymph nodes on my neck..which is about a day old....I never expericenced any fever of any sort..I noticed a little decrease in weight....I never experienced any other symptom apart from the rash and lymph nodes on my neck....what do you suggest??
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