If you believe you have been exposed to HIV and want help to judge your risk, would like advice about HIV testing, or have questions about the effectiveness of condoms or risks associated with specific sexual practices, this is the site for you.
I'm 34 years old and about 8 weeks ago had an oral sex session (unprotected) with an escort - yes, I know, stupid thing to do! -. I came in her mouth twice. I did not penetrate her however, although during the foreplay my penis may have touched her vagina area.
Since then, life has been a nightmare for me. I'm married and my biggest concern is not passing anything to my wife or her finding out about my big mistake. I feel really bad about what I've done. So I'm trying to have a medical assessment that is as complete as possible.
A couple days after my exposure I started feeling sick, flu-like symptoms and low fever, this lasted for 2-3 days. I also noticed burning in my penis, mostly in the head and urethra, and redness in the head. I went to my doctor and he did Herpes, Gonorrea, Clamydia (chlamydia), Hep A, B, C and HIV tests, all were negative. Of course this was only about a week after exposure so the chances of detecing HIV for instance were not very good. Six weeks after the exposure I went to the doctor again and was tested for the same. All came negative, except that the IGM test for Herpes was positive but the "titer" indicated that it may be a false positive - this is what my doctor told me, he is a specialist in infectious diseases -. The IGG was still negative for both HSV1 and 2. I had to travel abroad for 2 weeks so I haven't had the chance to talk to my doctor about the results in detail, and in the meantime anxiety is killing me, the reason is that I have been feeling swollen lymph nodes in my neck and groin and since yesterday I started feeling pain in my armpits and in the inner side of my knees and elbow joints, which I understand contain lymph nodes. I have also been feeling weak, but haven't been in fever this time. I also have noticed some small blisters in shaft of my penis, they are small and don't hurt and have been unchanged for several days.
Based on the context above, my questions to any of you who might know is:
1) Can lymph nodes in elbow, armits and knees be a result of the possible HSV (not HIV) infection?
2) I have read in different postings in this site that nodes when it's HIV - initial infection - do not hurt, any opinions on this?
3) How can I tell if the pain I have is actually from the lymph nodes? I have checked and there are no aparent bumps in any of the mentioned areas, with the exception of my neck (under my jaw) when I touch it.
Any help will be appreciated, I will see my doctor in 10 days from now, but in the meantime any guidance will be of help. He said he wants to repeat the IGG test and maybe the HIV.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.