I have to apologize in advance for asking a question which might have already been answered by previous posts. The reason for my asking though is that, whilst I'm knowledgeable that HIV is largely asymptomatic, I can't help but feel I have acquired some of the early symptoms frequently mentioned on many of the posts.
Largely out of character, I had protected intercourse with a sex worker at a bachelor party. Without giving too much detail, intercourse didn't last too long (less than 5 minutes) and the condom was still in tact as I withdrew upon climaxing. I was, and still am, unaware as to the sex worker's HIV status. I am based in South Africa.
Whilst my exposure is low risk, the mere statement suggests that there is still a risk. Therefore, in your response, please heed the symptoms as the indicator to my potential HIV status, rather than my exposure. My symptoms can be detailed as follows:
- Sore throat acquired 5 days after exposure. This continued for about a week and was accompanied by high levels of fatigue. I obtained an antibiotic called Clemintin, which relieved the sore throat.
- Sore throat returned 3 weeks after exposure, accompanied by a very slight fever. This lasted for two days after taking more Clemintin and Effervecint tablets for the fever.
- Slightly swollen lymph nodes on the right side of my neck after 23 days (3 weeks 2 days - just after the fever had gone). Today is 3 weeks 3 days after exposure and I feel that my fatigue has returned, along with my lymph nodes still being slightly swollen.
I won't say I'm overly anxious about whether I'm HIV positive or not. I'm quite a rational person by nature, and therefore, the understanding that my exposure is low risk gives me a sense of calm. Based on your expertise though, would you suggest that my symptoms are in line with those experienced during the Acute HIV stage, and therefore, would you recommend I get tested?
Thanks & Regards