Fear Of Hiv

Fear of HIV, often known as AIDS phobia, is a kind of nosophobia in which a person feels they are infected despite having tested negative for HIV. AIDS phobia is a deep-seated issue; it has nothing to do with reports but rather with the guilt of engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior or obsessive thought.

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I suffer from mouth ulcers and inflamed sub-mandibular lymph nodes with a history of needle pricks from an intramuscular injection. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had a needle prick injury in my toe. The status of the patient with HIV was unknown. This happened eight weeks ago, but now Iam experiencing mouth ulcers and inflamed sub mandibular lymph nodes. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. HIV (humman immunodeficiency virus) can be transmitted through needle prick injury from an infected syringe. Since the post-exposure prophylaxis timings have already elapsed, now you can only go for testing as per the recommendations. The s...  Read Full »

After having unprotected oral sex, I developed pain in my upper back and shoulders, along with tingling sensations in my extremities. Do I have HIV?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 36 years old married male, and presently, I am having a hard time. One year ago, I went to a massage center. And the lady who massaged me gave me unprotected oral, which was about one minute, and finally, she spat on my penis and gave handjob, and I ejaculated outside. I was not awa...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. The symptoms could have various reasons and do not necessarily mean HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Unprotected oral sex exposure carries a negligible to low risk for HIV acquisition, especially if fresh cuts, ...  Read Full »

I had a needlestick exposure two months back with an HIV patient and had a few negative tests. Are more tests required?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a needlestick exposure two months back with an HIV patient, and I did not start ART yet. I had the following tests, which showed negative. 1 Individual donor nucleic acid test (ID-NAT) for HIV - 19 days. 2. HIV duo fourth-generation test - 45 days. 3. HIV-1 RNA, Quantitative, Re...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. The following are the answers to your queries. 1. No more tests are required if the 117-day test result is negative and there is no other exposure. 2. No symptoms can diagnose HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). T...  Read Full »

What tests detect the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) precisely?

Query: Hi doctor, I started testing for HIV after six months of sexual intercourse. It is now one year after exposure, and all the tests are negative. My recent test was a comb aids test, and it came as negative. However, I am worried because of some symptoms. 1. After one year, I developed a sore throat...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your queries, and The answer to those are, 1) Lymph node enlargement is not a diagnostic sign of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. It could be non-specific and due to any viral or bacterial infection. 2) Underarm sore could be a folliculitis...  Read Full »

I am a 28-year-old male who had a risky sexual encounter, and I took PrEP after 12 hours. Am I at a risk of HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old male, my height is 177 cm, and I weigh 77 kg. I wanted to consult you about something. A year ago, I had a risky encounter, so to stay safe, I started PEP 12 hours after. After taking the first dose, I had a fever and a prickly feeling in my face (left side), eyes and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Such complaint has never been reported in my patients. Therefore, I suggest you get the following tests. CBC (complete blood count), LFT (liver function test), serum creatinine, vitamin D3, vitamin B12 levels, FBS (fasting blood sugar), l...  Read Full »

After sexual intercourse with a sex worker, I developed a dry cough for nearly three months. Is this due to an HIV infection?

Query: Hello doctor,I had sexual intercourse with a sex worker 23 weeks ago. And it was protected and was my first time, and it did not last more than 10 minutes. After a few days, I fell sick for a day or two, and it was gone. But then my friend told me condoms are not 100 ℅ protective. So that scared m...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, your symptoms could be due to various reasons and not necessarily represent HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. Your HIV test results are conclusive. Chronic smoking can be the cause of cough. You do not require more tests for HIV if there has been ...  Read Full »

I had unprotected anal intercourse with HIV positive person and developed a white tongue, but my HIV tests came negative. Should I be worried?

Query: Hi doctor,I had an (Insertive) UAI with an HIV-positive person. I was put on PEP at 82 hours. Adhered to PEP, after four months of exposure, I did my fourth-generation HIV duo combo, which came back negative. I am uncircumcised. I have had a white tongue for two months and no other symptoms. Do you ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your test had been done in an accredited laboratory and there is no further exposure, your test report will be considered conclusive, but if there is any other exposure also, get tested for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and other STIs (sexually transmitted disea...  Read Full »

Can I become HIV positive from unprotected oral sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am around 32 years old and had sex on the 13th of the last month with an unknown girl; even though she is not a sex worker, she had multiple partners. I was involved in foreplay; I kissed her lips, sucked her breasts, and rubbed her genitals. She gave me oral sex for around half a mi...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I suggest a fourth-generation HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) rapid test at least four weeks after the unprotected exposure. If the result is negative, a confirmatory HIV rapid antibody test must be taken after three months of last exposure...  Read Full »

I swallowed two to three drops of milk from a girl whose HIV status was unknown to me. What are the chances of getting the infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an intimate encounter with someone whose HIV status is unknown to me. We had no intercourse, but somehow I swallowed two to three drops of milk since the girl was lactating. She had a year-old child. I read that mother's milk carries HIV. In a panic, I consulted multiple doctors ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to share a few facts which are important to conclude - 1. A mother who is lactating with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) can transmit HIV to a newborn if the mother has not received sufficient antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy and postpartum (p...  Read Full »

My wife developed oral lesions after I kissed a sex worker. What could this be?

Query: Hi doctor, I had multiple protected sexual encounters with a commercial sex worker last year. However, I remember that the four previous protected encounters were five to six months ago. I have used a condom every time in all the encounters, but in the last encounter five months ago, I kissed a sex ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. If there is no further exposure, a negative HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) antibody test will be considered conclusive 90 days after the last unprotected exposure. Those articles could mention patients receiving high-dose steroids or imm...  Read Full »

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