Welcome to the Forum. I will validate the information that you have already received from the HIV Prevention Community site. There was no risk for HIV from the exposure you describe. Worldwide, in legalized brothels, the women are regularly checked for HIV and for other STDs and condom use is regularly practiced. Both of these actions make the risk of infection form exposures in the brothels less than the risk from picking up someone in a bar. In your case, condom protected sex is safe sex and therefore there was no risk for HIV or for other STDs from the exposure you describe.
As for your symptoms. They, in part, resemble the ARS but there are important differences. The ARS s does not begin until about 2 weeks following exposure, not a two days. In addition, cough is not a prominent part of the ARS but high fever and severe muscle aches, neither of which you mention are. Finally and most important. it is important to remember that the symptoms of the ARS are non-specific and are also caused by a huge number of other common community acquired viral infection. Thus, when at risk persons get ARS symptoms, the chance that it is due to HIV is less than 1%.
I would not worry about HIV. If you must for your peace of mind, I'd suggest getting a single HIV antibody test. At 8 weeks all persons who acquired HIV would have positive tests. Your test will be negative and therefore will PROVE that you did not get HIV from the exposure you describe above.
I hope my comments are helpful. EWH
- when she gave me oral, she made sure her teeth did not touch the condom
- no swollen lymph nodes or any other symptoms
- I also have another type of rash on my shoulders which are needle sized marks and red in color, would this have any relation to ARS?
Thank you for your reply doctor Hook. I know the symptoms are not a good source for a diagnoses but out of curiosity, how long does the ARS rash last?
I saw a doctor in regards to the cough and he did not prescribe me any antibiotics and mentioned that I most likely just caught a cold virus and I just need time to allow my body to fight it off. As for the rash, he mentioned it's common to have a rash from any type of virus.
The cough did subside but the rash still remains. Is it normal for an ARS rash to last this long?
No, it would not be typical for the rash of ARS to last longer than a week. EWH