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HIV anxiety is destroying me slowly and giving me lot of tension

The incident happened Dec 21, 2017. I was with a sex worker and we had sex and I used a condom, so far so good, right?

Anyway at that point I wasn't really aware of HIV much, apart from that one has to use condoms, which again I did. There is no confusion on that point.

However I later much learned that one of the first symptoms of HIV infection was a flu like fever and sore threat.

Now the thing that has been scaring the daylights out of me, is that after I had sex with the sex worker, I got sever fever 7 or 8 days later and I had severe sore throat.

I didn't think much of it then, as I didn't know about fever being a potential HIV symptom.

However, and I know I used a condom, from the day I learned this, I have been terrified.

Is it possible that despite using a condom, one could get HIV. I know the condom was on during the whole sex and it didn't slip or anything.

Additionally I have read that fever of HIV happens after 2 weeks. That I got it after 7, 8 or 9 days is too soon?

Should I be worried about HIV from that sex?
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replied March 24th, 2019
Welcome to e health forum.

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.

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.

FYI, 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 infections would be high.

As per your history the actual risk of contracting HIV due to a single encounter is very low or unlikely.

As per CDC and WHO recommendations, any person who is suspected of being exposed to HIV should get HIV tests (ELISA Antibody test for HIV 1 & 2 ) at least after 4 weeks post exposure.

In case the HIV antibody test is negative, repeat testing is recommended every 4 weeks upto 6 months.

But in cases of very low risk of HIV infection, testing at 12 weeks can be considered as conclusive

I hope this helps.

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