Thank you for your post. I can see that you have had very good and helpful replies to your post. Your symptoms do not seem to be typically related with acute HIV sero-conversion. If the mouth ulcers persist, you need to be examined by a doctor as there are many causes for these, much more common than HIV. I am confident that your test result will be negative and that will totally exclude that the symptoms described have anything to do with HIV sero-conversion. By definition, any test performed after sero-conversion symptoms has to be positive if it was indeed HIV sero-conversion. I doubt that in your case. Something that you did not mention: did you perform any oral sex? Because if you did, these mouth symptoms might be related to an STD and you ought to get tested accordingly.
My advice to you is to get tested; if the results is negative, you can forget about HIV. If your mouth symptoms persist, you need to consult a doctor about it.
Forgot to mention, my possible exposure was unprotected sex.
Chances of a male contracting HIV from a one off encounter with a positive female is 1/1000 via unprotected vaginal sex.
Your picture does NOT resemble classic HIV oral thrush (google it to see yourself). You say you have a sore throat, are you producing any phlegm, if so what colour? White, clear phlegm is usually an indication of a viral infection whilst yellowish phlegm usually indicated bacterial infection.
However please do not diagnose yourself based on symptoms or lack of symptoms.
Anyone who has symptoms due to ARS will usually test positive. 3 month test are considered to conclusive.
No, no phlegm or couching was associated with the sore throat.
I did not suspect oral thrush, but are there other types of mouth ulcers and conditions associated with seroconversion? The second link to the medical picture I posted does not look like thrush either, that's more my concern.
You say they cleared up, then reoccured again weeks later? ARS symptoms do not work like that, they appear once (for a week or two) then forever disappear. Therefore your sores are not likely to be from HIV.
Furthermore, ARS symptoms usually consist of fever, swelling of lymph nodes ALL around the body and a non itchy rash on your body (lasting for a week or so). I would suggest you are negative from these lack of symptoms, though it's all a case of guessing and the only conclusive way is to take a test 12 weeks after exposure. Again, the chances of getting HIV from your unprotected one night stand is 1/1000 so statistically you should not be worried about HIV, more chlamydia.
Well the mouth sores appeared at week 5, cleared up after 3 days and then reappeared a couple of days later. I'm now at 6 weeks and still have them - the one on my tongue is clearing, but another two are forming on my cheek. I know the statistics for HIV transmission, but I'm just worried because I've never had these before and don't have any other explanation for what they could be, STD-related or otherwise.
Do any of the doctors on this forum have any ideas about these mouth sores?
There's plenty of viruses and bacterial infections one can get from kissing which can cause these symptoms. HIV is difficult to catch.
You indicated that sores appeared 5 weeks after the exposure. Its too late for onset of ARS. It usually starts between 10-14 days. Less commonly, it can start upto 3-4 weeks. But 5 weeks is too late.
White, clear phlegm is usually an indication of a viral infection ?
That's mean HIV primary stage would produce clear phlegm?
The only way to find out your HIV status is to do test. Drawing some conclusions based on symptoms is a waste of time. Especially these symptoms that can result from many many other states for which are more likely to be than HIV.
I keep you fingers crossed, though I certain that result will be negative.
I'm sure you're right...thanks for the words of reassurance.