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Q. Are white tongue, muscle aches, and sore throat symptoms of HIV?

Answered by
Dr. Sushil Kakkar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

I had an unprotected sexual contact with a commercial sex worker some six months ago. I do not know the health status of that lady. After 30 days of exposure, I got fever and body pain and I went to the hospital for treatment. He suggested checking a Widal test and a urine test. The results came as typhoid and I had taken medicines for that too and for stomach pain. Three courses of antibiotics have been taken. The stomach upset was the main problem that time. I am normal now. After one month, I had white plaques like formations on the tongue and one side of the tongue color also slightly changed. I consulted a dentist and he told me the tongue was normal. I went for HIV tests as below:

  • HIV rapid test after 40 days - negative
  • HIV Combo test after 70 days - negative
  • HIV CD4 test after 70 days - normal
  • HIV Duo test after 84 days - negative
  • HIV rapid test after 88 days - negative
  • STD full test after 88 days - all negative
  • HIV ELISA test after 110 days - negative unit as 0.06
  • HIV ELISA test after 155 days - negative unit as 0.07

My doubt is I have many symptoms like a sore throat with red patches, white tongue, body ache, muscle ache, white dot on the head like itching. I sometimes have a burning sensation. These symptoms have been there for three months. I am wondering it could be due to the exposure. Mostly, I have consulted with a general physician for muscle ache and body ache. I feel like my neck muscles have reduced a little bit.

My doubt is whether I have been infected with HIV? My recent test is HIV antibody test at 155 days from my exposure being negative. Please advice.

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your screening tests have convincingly ruled out HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

Perhaps you have oral thrush which may have started because of repeated courses of oral antibiotics.

I suggest you use a topical antifungal like Clotrimazole mouth paint.

In addition, I also suggest you take an oral antifungal like tablet Fluconazole 50 mg once a day for two weeks.

For more information consult an HIV AIDS specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/HIV-AIDS-specialist


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