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Am I at risk

Hi there - I am getting really worried and paranoid that i may have contacted HIV. 8 years ago I had unprotected oral sex from a prostitute in Thailand whilst travelling (was 19 at the time). I didn't have any symptons afterwards, although I have had a slightly enlarged lymph node in my neck ever since. Doctors have said it is nothing to worry about. I have never ben tested for HIV, a combination of young and naiive, as well as just forgetting and putting it to the back of my mind. However, 8 years on i have started to become quite ill. I started gettign persistent headaches about 8 months ago and have been to the doctors lots and a neurologist and have been diagnosed with New Onset Daily Persistent Headache. I was prescribed Topamax and have been taking this for around 4 months now. I have also been getting some stomach problems (the doctor has said this is a side effect of the tablets). The stomach problems are mainly acid reflux. I have also been getting some leg pain, as well as pain in my arms (both could also be a side effect of the tablets). I am just so worried that this is all bought on from what I did 8 years ago. Is it possible? I have had normal blood tests, but not a HIV test.
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Not an HIV concern.
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Thanks for commenting buddy. How can you be sure? Guess I should get a test just to be sure and for my peace of mind as it driving me insane
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Not an HIV concern.
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Well could you explain why you consider this not a concern please?
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Use the search function. Your question has been asked and answered thousands of times.  "Search this Community."
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Ok - thank you
186166 tn?1385259382
oral sex does NOT transmit hiv.
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So my symptons are not at all what HIV could look like if I did not know I had been infected over 8 years ago?
480448 tn?1426948538
Again, you did not have a risk for HIV. HIV is transmitted by:

unprotected anal and vaginal sex
sharing needles
to inifant from infected mother

If you haven't done any of the above, no need to test for HIV.  Now, oral sex can put you at risk for other STD's, which is why it is a good idea to have STD testing periodically.
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Well I have had unprotected sex with regular partners over the last 8 years, none of which to my knowledge are HIV positive. I guess it is the co-incidence of being ill now, and trying to fing an answer for my problems, so am just getting all worked up and stressed about what happened all them years ago. Just for my peace of mind, these symptons are defintiely not from HIV?
480448 tn?1426948538
No, your symptoms sound nothing like HIV.

If you've had unprotected sex with people who you haven't been tested with, then it only makes sense to be tested.  Then you can put this all behind you.
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Ok - thanks. Will get tested for some peace of mind and let you guys know the outcome
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You had no HIV concern so the symptoms can't be HIV related. Symptoms don't come on years after form an exposure.

If you have never had an HIV test then do so, but not because of the above non-risk.
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But couldn't this be the HIV manifesting itself now after the initial stage which in some people does not show any symptons? Surely if I contacted it, didn't know and now its taking hold it would manifest itself in some way.
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No
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So it would never show itself in any symptons? I would just never know.
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A lot of people never know until they get really sick.
So stop this and just test from your exposure years ago.
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Can I please update my situation. Symptoms now include not just headaches, muscle aches, shaking, but also a small rash on my cheast, itching all over and a really dry mouth. Please forget my chance of infection, are these symptons of later HIV infection? Going mad with worry now.
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Thanks. I probably am letting anxiety get the better of me, but most of these symptoms have been ongoing before I starting to convince myself I could have HIV.
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So are these in any way symptons of later HIV infection?
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Please someone
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Am just wondering if thse are symptons of later infection of HIV. I may have been at risk at some point and would just please like some guidance on these symptons - thats all.
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