Two weeks ago I had sexual relations with a woman I met that night. She performed oral sex with no condom then we had vaginal intercourse with a condom. The next morning I felt ashamed and started fearing the possibility of an STI. I didn't notice any symptoms until the Thursday 4 days later when I saw a white coating on the back of my tounge. This of course made me very nervous as I had been talking to Dr. search for the past few days. Time went on me I didn't really notice anymore symptoms besides occasional lower abdominal pain which only manifested at night. And what also felt like stiff jaw muscles and a possible swelling of the lymph nodes but did not feel swollen to the touch. I decided it was best to get tested to put my worries to rest and am now currently waiting on the results. My question is, are these normal symptoms of ARS and can they manifest this quickly. Thank you all for your time
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replied June 26th, 2016
Welcome to e health forum.

Your symptoms are not related to HIV or due to ARS, but could be due to unrelated medical issues.

But in general, the risk of infection due to unprotected vaginal sex (female to male) is only 0.04 % for every event of intercourse.

This risk which is actually low to result in a confirmed infection, further reduces when condoms are used.


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.

If the 4th Generation HIV test after 12 weeks post exposure, is negative, then it would be conclusive that you are not infected

I hope this helps.
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