Hi. I had unprotected vaginal sex with a guy I've been seeing last April 7. It was my first time to have sex ever and I trusted him so I din't really worry about STDs during that time. He pulled out on our first time (I think) but I'm not sure about the second time. (There is no excuse for my naiveté, I know.) 2 days later, he found a way to start a fight with me and stopped talking to me altogether. This got me worried because I thought I knew the kind of person he was but obviously, I didn't really know him and he really didn't care about me if he could leave me just like that. I was completely stressed after that and I didn't really get a lot of sleep. 4 days after we had sex (Wednesday, April 11), I felt an increase in my temperature. I felt slightly feverish but not enough to prevent me from going to work. I attributed it to the fact that I may have been fertile that time, or because my lady part also painful like it had a wound (which I found out from my OB a week later was post coital lacerations). The lymph nodes on my neck also felt tender and a bit painful and I had difficulty swallowing. These I attributed to the fact that I drank really cold soda and ate chocolates the day before without drinking much water. (I get infected with tonsillitis often and really quickly before but I haven't had tonsillitis in a while). Also, I had a really bad toothache the night before (which has been bugging me in the past) so I thought that the swollen nodes could be due to that too. (I also had another bottle of cold soda and a slice of cake that day.) I felt the same way the following day (Thursday, April 12). Slighty feverish but not high enough to miss work, swollen nodes, difficulty swallowing. (I had another slice of cake that day.) Friday, April 13, the fever got slightly worse but again not bad enough for me not to be able to get out of bed and do my daily tasks. I had to take a Paracetamol that night though to make myself feel better. Saturday, April 14, I still felt slightly feverish, my nodes were still tender and painful and I still had difficulty swallowing. I also noticed one very small mouth sore (really tiny, the size of a small dot which was also gone the next day). I took another Paracetamol at around lunch time and by late afternoon, my fever was gone and I felt a lot better. Sunday, April 15, my fever was completely gone and I felt like I didn't get sick at all. The only indication that I got sick was that my lymph nodes still felt slightly swollen and I still had difficulty swallowing. I went to my doctor that night and she diagnosed me with tonsillophrayngitis and prescribed antibiotics for seven days which I immediately started on that same night. After that, my tonsils got better and by Wednesday (April 18), the pain when swallowing and the swollen lymph nodes were gone.
During this entire episode, I did not have any rashes, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, muscle and joint pains. I did feel a little stabbing pain on the joint in my thumb and on my right knee but nothing else.
Now, 16 days after my first and last exposure, I'm feeling well. Except for pain on my left knee when walking or standing with my weight on my left knee, I feel fine. I also have about 6 small red dots on my butt area but no rashes on my torso, face or arms.
So now, after that, I guess my questions are:
1.Are the symptoms that I experienced indicative of ARS? (Fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes) Or could they have also been caused by the other conditions that I was experiencing (tonsillitis, toothache, post coital lacerations)
2.Can ARS symptoms surface 4 days after exposure? (Which is when my sore throat, lymph nodes, and slightly feverish feeling started)
3.Are the timelines of my conditions similar or indicative of those of ARS symptoms (almost 4 days of fever, and almost a week of tonsillitis and swollen lymph nodes), or will ARS symptoms last longer?
4.Does the stabbing pain in my thumb joint and right knee qualify as muscle pain and joint paint indicative of ARS?
5.Will ARS symptoms appear at the same time or could the pain on my left knee and those red dots on my butt right now be ARS symptoms that appeared late? Are those red dots on my butt even considered the ARS rash? Or will it be worse and will they appear elsewhere?
I know that ARS cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms which is why I'm going to get myself tested in 4 weeks (6 weeks post exposure), but I'm dying from anxiety right now and I guess I'm just looking for some answers that could help calm me a bit.
Thanks in advance for your help!