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by jointpain, Nov 10, 2006
i am a 19 year old heterosecual male. 13 days ago i had oral and vaginal intercourse with a sex worker. After the oral she put on a new condom and i ejaculated inside of her with the condom, no apparent tears and the condom was on the whole time to the best of knowledge. 6 days after exposure i began feeling aches in my feet where the curve is it was short than subsided. since than i have continued joint pain which has gotten pretty bad i mean pain in my knees alot of pain in my ankles and my wirsts. i can explain this pain because i have never in my life had anything like it until after the possible exposure. i bagan takin advils a few days ago to help mask the pain, i had an hiv test hfter 10 days and am waiting on my results i have not had the flu like symptoms yet but i am still in the phase where that could be happening. im so scared and nervous the joint pain in the wrist, hands, toes, fingers and ankles especially is so unusual beacuse ive never experienced anything like it before, i have also had loose stoole this whole time. around day 4 through 9 i had night sweats every night which i have also never experienced im sooo worried doctor i dont kno what to do. i mean i wore a condom although what i was doin was wrong i wore a condom and thought that i could rely on that so long as it dosent break. i went to the club a week efter exposre and talked to the girl. she said she had been test a month realier and was negative and always uses condoms. (stipper) im just at a loss as to why this pain hit me so hard. i understand that anxiety can cause symptoms but this pain was unlike any symptom of anxiety ive ever experienced before and its not like i was looking for the pain, my attention is drawn there when i feel it, doctor what are my chancesof getting hiv from this encounter and how come im getting this joint pain that ive never had before ive been reading your site alot and it has helped i just can;t explain this and need to hear some medical advice thank you
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Please search this forum for "HIV symptoms" and "ARS symptoms".  You will find that symptoms NEVER are a reliable indicator for or against new HIV infection.  Your symptoms are meaningless in judging whether or not you acquired HIV--you must totally ignore them and rely only on blood testing.

The chance of getting HIV from the exposures you describe is close to zero, especially since your partner says she doesn't have HIV.  Talk to your personal health care provider about your symptoms and follow his advice.  If you remain concerrned about HIV, have a blood test a few weeks from now. You can be sure it will be negative.  As to what IS causing your symptoms, I cannot say.  Many things are possible, almost none of them dangerous.  Probably some minor virus.

Good luck--  HHH, MD
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by WorriedUS, Nov 10, 2006
jointpain

Whoa dude..calm down! relax. you're alright, for sure.  Can't comment on exactly why you have the type of pain that you have, but other than asking your own doctor or primary care provider, take a look at monkeyflower's comments on the thread immediately preceding yours on 11/10/06 "I want to run away with your opinion....please" by Austin 526. That might allay your concerns.

btw, your chances for HIV transmission from one episode of oral sex is 0.  (statistical risk = .5/10,000 = .005%).  that is 1 chance in 20,000.  Search this site for "oral sex HIV", and you'll get LOTS of old posts.  You can't get HIV from receiving oral sex.  practically speaking. YOU CAN'T BE POSITIVE FROM THIS!!

Also, the Doc will tell you HIV's generalized symptoms occur almost always AFTER 2 weeks and last a few days to a couple of weeks, until week 4, usually.  And these symptoms are generalized, like they could be for any number of other specific illnesses.  you're looking for symptoms too early.  And symptoms are NEVER EVER a sign of HIV infection. Test results are.  Search this website for "time to test positive HIV."

One test at 6-8 weeks will tell you for sure if you're infected.  But you probably have a better chance of dying from some force of nature (1 of 3,288) some day in your life (see http://www.nsc.org/lrs/statinfo/odds.htm) than having HIV from the incident you describe.

But definitely take a chill pill. YOU DON'T HAVE HIV!!

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by sparkeler, Nov 10, 2006
What do you think condoms are used for?  To prevent hiv/std's and pregnancy.  They advertise all the time to wear protection to PREVENT hiv/std's.  That's exactly what you did. The condom didnt break because it would be very obvious if it did. You can't get any safer,  unless of course you never have sex again.  YOU DON'T HAVE HIV!
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by jointpain, Nov 10, 2006
is it common to only suffer from ars symptom or do you suffer from all of them

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by sparkeler, Nov 10, 2006
I'm not sure what you mean, but in any case don't ever rely on symptoms as indicator of hiv.  There are so many that can be associated w/the common cold you really can't decipher.  The only way to know for sure it to test. BUT You don't have hiv.  Dude YOU WORE A CONDOM!
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by skerdstraght68, Nov 10, 2006
I had the same thing tested neg out to 10 weeks.
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by jointpain, Nov 10, 2006
thanks alot guys u really helped me out with your advise what i was trying to say in my second post is.. is it common to only suffer from one symptom ie just muscle pain or do u suffer from all of the symptoms anyways thank you for your help!
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by skerdstraght68, Nov 10, 2006
check this out.. When your freaking out, your immune system takes a ****.  If you look at these posts over the last couple of years they are filled with freaked out people who get symptoms that make them even more freaked out.
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by Perfectmax, Nov 29, 2006
Your post makes me feel a little better.  I had a simular experience and since then my anxiety has been uncontrolable.  I have really been a mess and since day 4 after my incident my entire body has been aching.  All of my joints ach, my mucsles ach, my lower back is killing me and I have been praying that these aren't symptoms of ARS.