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Hiv Symptoms

HIV symptoms are not specific and can mimic a common cold or the flu. Some of the early symptoms include fever, tiredness, headache, thrush, lymph nodes enlargement, muscular and joint pain, night sweats, diarrhea, genital ulcers, and sore throat. As the disease progresses, people get other opportunistic infections.

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Can HIV symptoms occur after six months of possible exposure?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31 year old male, and my query is regarding possible HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) exposure. Four months back, I had a sexual encounter with two female partners. I had insertive vaginal sex and received oral sex. Intercourse had lasted for about five minutes twice with each...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The answers to your queries are as follows: The risk of contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) during protected insertion vaginal sex, as you have described, is non-existent. Receiving oral sex carries negligible to low risk of HIV acquisition, especially, if the...  Read Full »

Does positive HSV 1 and 2 after unprotected sex with CSW indicate HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36 year old male, and I had sex with a CSW (Community Sex Worker), who was 32 years old. I had unprotected sex with her once last year, and I had protected sex with her five months back. I was diagnosed with herpes zoster four months back. After this, I have done p24 antigen, tr...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If your query is regarding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) status, it is negative so far. There are recommendations, and I also suggest getting the HIV test repeated at six months of last unprotected exposure. If that will be negative, you need not repeat the test agai...  Read Full »

I had a problem with erection during sex and found vaginal fluid on my thighs. I got negative HIV test reports but have all the symptoms. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, This is my first exposure as I used a condom my organ did not erect so I removed the condom. Then I used saliva for the handjob and used another dotted condom, but my organ did not erect though I participated in sex with a condom for two to six minutes. Later I wore my dress, after 45 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. The window period is the time taken for antibodies to develop and then be detected by a particular test. The majority of the people who get infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) develop HIV antibodies in two...  Read Full »

What is the window period for HIV infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have high temperature with skin rashes. I have attached the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) reports for your reference. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the attached file (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), your HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) test was done before 18 months. Therefore, I need to know the duration of the last exposure to interpret the result further. Also, give me a complete i...  Read Full »

I regularly consume alcohol. What is the recommended HIV screening test for me?

Query: Hi doctor, I have read that drinking alcohol affects the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) test results. Does increased alcohol intake delay seroconversion time? If so, then how long one should wait, three or six months? For such cases, can we take HIV DNA PCR (Human Immunodeficiency Virus Deoxyrib...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The answers to your queries are: It is unlikely for a test result to be affected by alcohol intake. It will not have any effect. There is no need to wait to get the test done. Recommendations are to get tested at four weeks by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) antibody a...  Read Full »

Am I infected with HIV despite showing repeated negative HIV results?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an unprotected encounter with a CSW (Community Sex Worker) four months ago. Since then, I have had diarrhea malaise and lost 4 kg in about two months. And three days later, I developed thrush with large white patches on the back of my tongue, and my stomach was bloating. My speci...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) test result at 18 weeks post-exposure suggests negative, and as per the information, your partner is also negative. If you had no further exposure, you do not require any more tests for HIV. There are only rare instances of a late...  Read Full »

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