Q. Can HIV cause throat inflammation as a presenting symptom?

Answered by
Dr. Rajesh Deshwal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on May 27, 2016

Hello doctor,

I had severe throat inflammation and went to an ENT doctor. At that time, he was with a HIV patient who has sore throat and ulcers. He used a spoon like equipment to check the throat of the HIV patient. The spoon like equipment is contaminated. Unfortunately, the doctor used the same spoon like equipment on me without sterilizing the equipment. I already have severe throat inflammation. I am worried whether I will get HIV. Please help me.

Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

General Medicine HIV/AIDS Specialist Internal Medicine
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • Most of the doctors sterilize the equipment in a solution which is kept on their examination desk.
  • You have not mentioned the time duration between exposure and the onset of symptoms, though HIV does not cause throat inflammation as a presenting symptom usually.
  • Still you can have to get a HIV DNA or RNA PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test done to rule out any chance of acquiring an infection.

For further doubts consult a HIV AIDS specialist online -->https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/HIV-AIDS-specialist

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