worried about hiv symptoms: tingling hands and feet, sore throat, dry mouth, muscle soreness...
about 7 months ago i performed oral sex on a heterosexual man. there was no condom and he ejaculated into my mouth. recently, my throat has become a bit sore. my leg and arm muscles feel tired, my hands and feet - for lack of a better word - tingle, sometimes i feel nauseous, and areas around my neck feel strange, not too painful, but i'm assuming it's my lymph nodes. also, occasionally i get cramps around the area where my ribs are, seemingly for no reason.
also, this man had a lesion on his penis at the time, and ringworm.
i know that symptoms of hiv are often much like the flu or other ordinary medical problems, but i am still very worried.
your symptoms are very non-specific, and ARS never happens seven months after infection.
There is only one way to be sure about your HIV status and that is to test. You are well outside the window period so now is a good time. The odds remain astronomically in your favour. Let us know; the smart money is on you testing negative:)
Are you in the US?
go to www.hivtest.org, where you will be able to find a site that offers point-of-care rapid testing for free. Results in twenty minutes!
I know you're scared but I expect you to test negative:)
"During what's called the "window period", which can last from 2 to 9 months, the person who is newly infected with the virus begins to form antibodies to the virus. This process is called seroconversion. It is only after a person has seroconverted that s/he will test positive on an HIV test. During the time when the person's body is forming these antibodies, some people experience a flu-like illness. This is what can be referred to as conversion sickness."
1. That post is dated 1995. It was written by a college agony aunt. Testing has moved on. The window period is now three months.
2. If you're so worried, test. It is the only way to give you peace of mind. I'm confident that you'll test negative.
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