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I have been smoking hookah pretty frequently for the past few weeks. Do you think this could be causing my dry mouth? I only ask because I thought the dry mouth would occur around the smoking session but it seems to be around all the time. I also had unprotected sex so I am worried that it may be a symptom of HIV.
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replied January 29th, 2012
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

Dry mouth symptoms cannot be attributed to HIV infection. It is definitely due to due to chronic smoking. Nicotine absorbed while smoking does act for a longer time, and this is a reason for the dry mouth. Trying to reduce smoking or completely quit it, will help to reduce your symptoms.

HIV is diagnosed based on the detection of HIV antigens and antibodies in the blood samples, and not based on ‎the ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎signs and symptoms that you may be having. ‎

One of the main problems in relying on HIV symptoms themselves is that they are notoriously vague and almost ‎all ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎the symptoms may in fact be symptoms of a different disease. ‎

HIV is transmitted only by having multiple sexual encounters with a HIV positive person, and not with a single ‎‎‎sexual ‎‎‎‎encounter with a HIV positive woman. The risk of HIV transmission by a single sexual intercourse is about ‎‎0.04% (Female to male).‎

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 ‎confirm your HIV negative status.‎

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