[Question #3691] follow up on question #3659 Dr HH
35 months ago
Doctor H I purchesed another question cause I needed to talk to you, Just to reecap So around the 27/02/2018 I recived unprotected oral sex from a woman (BJ) on the 23/03/2018 I went to the Doctor because I had a severe sore throath and he told me I had viral pharyngitis and he gave me azithromycin and betamethasone, 3 days later i was better but the sore throat did not go away entirely still had a needle itchy like sensation on the throath, so I talk to you and you told me to go to the doctor because HIV is not the cause and get checked, so I did yesterday with a diferent otolaryngologist and he told me I have rinopharyngitis and gave me amoxicillin and parametasone chlorphenamine and I feel better now, but still IT WONT GO AWAY. And here is where i decided to talk to you again, Im willing to believe that reciving a BJ is ezentially zero risk for hiv as you describe it , but you have to at least agree with me that in my 40 years of life, I had sore throath before but in a 4 to 5 day period they went away, and the FRIST thing you read about hiv symptoms is severe sore throat like I had, now is not severe but itchy like, and to make matters wrost the fact that it has been a prolonged sore throath more than a month and counting is also one of the things that I read about hiv symptoms " a long sore throath can be a clear symptom of hiv" . Also I have to be honest with you I l also read that a viral phariyngitis can be caused by a 100 diferent things, and I understand that, what has me worry is the long period I have been with this. So my question is Doctor I have been reading a lot about ARS symptoms and people migth experience all of them or none of them, or some just a sligth headache or a simple cold. If I were experiencing ars symptom, could this be the only symptom I have ?????? and also doctor I read one of your answers on this site and I quote "Please get this straigth: if there is no sex with penile penetration into another´s persons vagina or rectum, there is
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
35 months ago
That "a long sore throat can be a clear symptom of HIV" is the same as saying "A bad headache can be a clear symptom of meningitis". Both statements are true. However, 99.99% of people with sore throats don't have HIV, and 99.99% of people with headache don't have meningitis.
And no, this symptom could never be the only symptom of HIV.
I remain confident that your sore throat is not from any infection from the sexual exposure you asked about. If it is connected to that event, the connection is psychological -- i.e. your anxiety and fear, and your concerns over a sexual decision you regret, magnifying trivial symptoms or normal body sensations that you would otherwise ignore. If you remain concerned, see a doctor. But I'm afraid there is nothing more this forum can offer you. Best wishes and good luck.