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I very stupidly had unprotected oral sex with someone whose history I did not know (not meaning to be defamatory only honest I believe they maybe a needle user). She performed oral sex on me for a couple of minutes then finished using her hands. 48hours days later I woke up with aching joints a sore throat (only the right tonsil) and fever with slight nausea. I have no congestion or coughing, I have no sores and nothing out of the ordinary regarding my genitals. What are the chances that these symptoms could be because of an STD such as herpes?

Thank you for any replies.

(Apologies for my strange email address its a throw away and the only one that worked.)

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replied July 26th, 2018
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Answer A64195
Here are a few facts that you need to understand about oral sex and HIV.

There have been no studies measuring the risk of getting the AIDS virus through oral sex alone. But available evidence suggests that:

1. HIV is not easy to get from any kind of oral sex.. The risk is much lower than that of unprotected penetrative anal or vaginal sex. This is because HIV is normally only present in saliva in very low levels that are not sufficient to cause infection. The linings of the mouth and throat are very resistant to viral infections such as HIV, so infection is unlikely if they are healthy.

2. Bleeding gums, gum disease, and sores in the mouth can make it easier to get infected with HIV through oral sex.

3. Active partners (giving oral sex) have a higher risk of getting infected with HIV , specifically, if they have oral ulcers, sores or cuts in their oral cavity and in case, there is ejaculation in the oral cavity (for partners providing oral sex to men)

The step forward, is to contact the girl and seek clarification about her STD status, and if you need to take any precautions. If you cannot do that, then getting tested is the only way to clear your doubts.

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