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Fear of HIV infection symptoms

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Had an encounter with an escort, protected vaginal sex & unprotected oral sex. The condom slipped on withdrawal, which was visible out of vagina of the escort. This happened 3 weeks ago & has freaked me to point of nervous breakdown for first few days. Now i feel feverish with no fever, feeling of not being well, mouth goes dry, back pain, keep looking for lymph node enlargement over body. Are these symptoms indicating HIV infection.

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replied June 11th, 2010
HIV and AIDS Answer A13062
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know whether you might experience symptoms that indicate possible HIV infection.

HIV (human immunedeficiency virus) affects the T-helper lymphocytes which are the mian connection between both types of immune response. Due to their decreased number, the immune system is weaker and unable to fight against bacteria and viruses. The HIV infection has four stages. The first stage is asymptomatic and usually lasts between 2 and 4 weeks. The second stage (acute infection) lasts an average of 28 days. It can include symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, rash, muscle pain, malaise, and mouth and esophageal sores. The third stage, also known as the latency stage, shows few or no symptoms. It can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 20 years and beyond. AIDS, the fourth and final stage of HIV infection shows as symptoms of various opportunistic infections and certain types of cancer.

According to the data that you described, the symptoms that you experience are not likely due to possible HIV infection. However, to be completely sure you may consider being tested for possible HIV infection after 12 weeks after the suspicious event because the human body needs 2-12 weeks to develop detectible antibodies against this virus.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis of possible HIV infection.

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