HIV is diagnosed based on the detection of HIV antigens and antibodies in the blood samples, and not based on âthe âââââsigns and symptoms that you may be having. â
One of the main problems in relying on HIV symptoms themselves is that they are notoriously vague and almost âall âââââthe symptoms may in fact be symptoms of a different disease. â
HIV is transmitted only by having multiple sexual encounters with a HIV positive person, and not with a single âsexual âââencounter. The risk of HIV transmission by a single sexual intercourse is about 0.04%, which is very less. In âyour case ââsince you did use protection, it is more likely that you may be HIV free.
Most likely your symptoms appear to be due to bacterial or viral pharyngitis, which is common when you have new sexual contacts. It could also be a presentation of your stress and feeling of guilt. You can take âââAdvil or Motrin, to reduce your symptoms which may be very helpful. â
In case, of persisting doubts and anxiety, you can do a 4th generation HIV test after 4 weeks of exposure. This test if negative, will âconfirm your HIV negative status.â
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