[Question #2503] Hiv

45 months ago
Good afternoon, i wanted to get some insight on whats been going on. About 8 months ago i gave unprotected oral to another guy. He did no ejaculate. We proceded to have protected anal, i was the receiver. About 3 weeks after i had a bad pain on th middle side of my back as well aa upper armpit pain on both sides to where the outer crease  directly below the shoulder. About a month later i had a stiff neck for 2 months with the continued back burning sensation along with the pain in both upper armpits. The stiff neck went away about 2 month after the othe pain remained. 3 weeks ago my stiff neck and and lower and by my throat came bck along with fullness in my ears and pain on both sides of my temple and headache. I went to the doctor and he did an xray of my head and said i head cloudiness my right side. He game me anti-flams. I know have all same symptoms and a slight temp. If this is hiv from the november time frame could this be happening. The doc did a cbc and all was normal. This incident happened on 2 nov16 and i did a oraquick on 17dec, it was negative but very early i know. Im getting a test hiv test on friday but would like you opinion.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
45 months ago
Welcome back to the forum. Thanks for your continuing confidence in our services.

It is exceedingly unlikely you caught HIV during teh exposure described. The exposure was low risk, since transmission is very unlikely either from performing oral sex or from condom protected anal sex. Second, your symptoms are not suggestive of HIV, which is not a likely cause of stiff neck or the other symptoms you describe, even with a "slight temperature". (Feeling feverish doesn't count if you're describing feelings alone, only if you take your temperature and find it over 100F or 38C.) Finally, although it takes the oral fluids HIV test up to 3 months to turn positive, over 90% of newly infected people would have positive results by 6 weeks, when you tested yourself. In other words, that result was not "very early", and the negative result is almost conclusive.

Anyway, you can expect your repeat test later this week to also be negative. Please return with a follow-up comment to report the result. But stay mellow in the meantime. Assuming you've had no other potential exposures that you haven't described, I'm confident it will be negative. 

I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
---
45 months ago
Sir, thank you for your quick answer. The pain in my armpits seem like they are in the lymph node location that has been tender since 2 months after.  The stiffness in my neck and temder upper half of my throat and fullness in my ears for 3 weeks is what concerened me and now my temp is 99.2 which its normally at 97.7. If i were infected 9 months ago when i see these type of symptoms now.  After the epiosde i had the armpit pain and back pain, but forgot to mention groin pain as well. I had a doc check my armpit and he said he didnt feel anything. I had the same doc check my groin and he said he could maybe feel something on both sides but very hard to tell. Would a normal cbc be encouraging, this was done 2 days ago. Im just very worried about my symptoms and will for sure let u know the outcome.

Thanks again for the service u provide
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
45 months ago
Ifhese symptoms cannot be due to HIV, your previous HIV test would have been positive. You're examining yourself too closely and noticing minor things that otherwise you wouldnt notice. Temperature of 99.2 is normal, not a fever. (98.6 is not the top normal human temperature. It is the average over the course of a day. Everybody's temperature normally goes 99.2 or higher from time to time.) And the symptoms are not suggestive of HIV.

Please don't post anything more until your test result. It will be negative.

---
45 months ago
Sir, ty. 1 more question. If i did get hiv 9 months, could i have the pain im in now,? I have had a headache for 6 weeeks, pain in my elbows and knees, stiff and sore neck.  I feel lymph nodes lower neck and middle.  Cbc is normal, but it doesnt make sense. This isent being nevrose, i have read that headaches are the main sign, expecially with everthing else.


H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
45 months ago
Sorry, this IS "being nervous". You read wrong:  headache almost never is the main symptom of HIV. Please carefully re-read and try to understand all my comments above. You can still expect your HIV test to be negative. Unfortunately, you have used your last opportunity to ask a follow-up question on this thread, which is now closed. Please do not post a new question if and when you are finally tested with a negative result. The only reply would be "Yes, it's negative. Now do your best to move on without worry."---