I had unprotected oral sex do I have HIV?
Hi I had oral sex and he did not use a condom once I had a fever 2 weeks after. I went to the doctor she said I had a water infection and it had nitrogen in it. I started to panic because my lymph nodes are up on the left side of my face I am a woman and grandmother I know I have issues of guilt especially sexually.
I went for a test 72 days after exposure and it was negative am I just worrying too much? Please help.
Answer: Charlotte Walker
Thank you for your question.
If you tested negative 72 days after a possible exposure then you are very unlikely to have HIV. Oral sex is usually a very low risk.
However, UK guidelines recommend that a test at 90 days after exposure is needed as 5% of people take up to three months to develop antibodies to HIV.
It is also thought that for oral sex to be a risk there would need to be both oral hygiene problems (such as open sores, bleeding gums etc) and your partner would probably need to have a very high viral load (higher than 100,000 copies/mL).
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