HIV From Oral Sex


#1

@Dr_Paula

On 02/03/21 I had unprotected oral sex performed on me by a female. I have been worrying that I have got an STI so got tested a week after the incident. The result was negative for Chlamydia Gonorrhoea HIV and shyphilis but I understand that this test is not reliable as it was within the window period.

After 3 weeks I have developed a bad cold (stuffy/runny nose, bad headaches, body aches, fatigue and itchy throat that feels like the start of a cough). After taking a look at these symptoms online I am worried that this might be due to HIV infection.

I have had another test to rule out chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and am currently waiting for the results.

Please can you advise if HIV is a probable cause of these symptoms as I am incredibly worried and not sure what the next steps are.

Do other STIs have similar symptoms?

The home test kits are apparently 4th gen and work with blood from a finger prick- how soon does this test provide reliable results?

Thank you

@Dr_Paula


#2

Hello @User2

Many apologies for my slow reply.

The window period for 4th Generation HIV tests is 45 days.

Many thanks

Paula