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Hi, I had unprotected sex and oral 9 weeks ago. I have had fever, headache, itching,swollen of lymph node on my elbow, rashes on my arm and later on my palms. I went for a job test at 4th and 9th weeks, the results were negative but i’m Still worried because of the symptoms I have had and the rashes still on my palms. It is my result accurate? Or can I possibly be infected with other sti’s. The doctor said i can’t have a culture test for sti’s now since it is not up to a month I took antibiotics.

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replied March 15th, 2018
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Welcome to e health forum.

First and foremost, You need to know that Sex with every person does not cause HIV. Even in case a person has sex with a infected person, the chances of contracting the infection would be as follows.

Risk of acquiring HIV are as follows:

A. Female-to-male transmission is 0.04% per act and
B. Male-to-female transmission is 0.08% per act.
C. The rate for receptive anal intercourse is much higher, 1.7% per act
The infectivity of a HIV positive person depends on the HIV load detected in the infected person. If the viral load of a person is higher than 3500 copies/ ml, then the risk of getting infected would be higher.

Using protection in the form of condoms during penetrative vaginal sex and or oral sex, helps to prevent possible infections, and hence the risk is reduced. But in case the condom is not used properly or it breaks during sexual activity, the risk of infection would be high (if the partners are HIV infected).

if you are unsure, and think that you may have been at risk, then it would be best to get tested and clear all your doubts.

Most likely cause of your symptoms would be due to common viral infections (common cold) which are common when you come in close contact (as during handshakes during meetings, kissing, sexual intercourse, etc) with new individuals, when nasal or oral secretions can be passed on to infect others.

Every person would carry various pathogens on his person. This may be on the skin or in his secretions (nasal, skin, etc). The person would have immunity to such bacteria, as a result of long term association. But if a different person comes into contact with him, the germs (bacteria or viruses) may be transmitted to them and they may develop symptoms as they may not be immune to the particular strain of virus/ bacteria.

The best way to avoid such instances and mental anguish related to them would be to avoid practice monogamy (have a single and trust worthy sex partner). In a monogamous couple, since both the partners are used to each other’s company, the chances of either of you getting infected and becoming symptomatic would be less likely.

Most of these cases improve on their own within a few days without treatment. Some measures like adequate rest, anti-inflammatory medications (advil, tylenol), good diet can help in recovery.

If the symptoms are severe and troubling, consulting your doctor for proper prescription medications (including antibiotics- if required) can help you recover.

I hope this helps.

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