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Hello, I had unprotected sex with a sexual worker in a massage parlour and about 4/5 days afterwards I began to have slight muscle and joint pain in my legs and arms, nothing severe. A few days after that, I had a sore, stiff neck and sore lower back. The sore neck and back went almost completely away in 3 days and the sore joint and muscle pain went away about 5 days after experiencing them. I have been experiencing slight throat irritation, its not sore, but it feels like something is stuck when I swallow. Its not hard to swallow, but it feels like something is in the back of my throat when I do. I also have one small lump on my upper neck located around and behind the ear. I had the unprotected sex 10 days ago as of this post and this has all happened within this time. Once again, slightly sore muscles/joints 4/5 days after sex, disappearing 5 days after they appeared. Stiff neck and lower back a 5/6 days afterwards and disappearing 3 days after it started. A small lump about a week after sex and minor throat irritation 5 days after sex, not a sore throat though. Could this be signs of HIV seroconversion?

Thank you for your question.

It is unlikely that the symptoms you have described are related to HIV seroconversion.  Symptoms related to an HIV infection usually do not occur until 2-4 weeks after exposure. It takes this long for the virus to multiply enough for the body to recognize it and to start producing antibodies. It is at this point that symptoms would occur.

Because you had unprotected sex it is recommended that you test for HIV as well as other STIs as this is the only way to know for sure if you were exposed. You can check out our "STIs at a glance" table on our Types of STIs page to know when would be the best time to test.

Please leave a comment to let us know if this answers your question or if you need more information.

Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on April 30, 2014

Community comments

ahmedsisy says:

i wish to get answer on same question , i almost have same case
only 2 days ago i had unprotected sex with sex worker
now 2 days later , not immediately after that incident , i have very strong body ache , strong pain every where in my body , with head ache. so far no other symptoms.
I understand from your answers that HIV doesn't have too early symptoms.
but my question is ... this muscle or body ace is related to this unprotected sex? what could be the reason and what does it mean ?
best regards

Health Nurse says:

thank you for writing in with your concerns. These do not sound like symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection. I would suggest you see a doctor for assessment of your pain. Health Nurse

jerpham says:

Hello
I had unprotected sex one day ago. And since then I have experienced tingling aches (not sure that it is pain in muscle or lymph nodes) in the area of my thigh, sometimes my shoulders but mainly in my right arms and thumbs. The pain is not severe but sometimes it just itches in those areas. And as the time goes on I also noticed that the tingling sensation spreads to other areas like my calfs.
Generally, the pain lasts for a while and then stops. And after that it stops and after a while, it starts again. I don't know if this is related to HIV or other STI.
Could you answer for me?
Thank you

Health Nurse says:

Hi, the symptoms you describe are not symptoms of HIV or an STI. If you are experiencing pain, please consider seeing your doctor about your concerns. 

chopitup says:

hello, I have similar symptoms of jerpham. I had unprotected sex 3 days ago and suddenly have a tingling/pain feeling in my inner thig/groin and kind of throughout my leg. I am Kind of freaking out because I'm thinking the worse, i might just be paranoid can you please help me figure out what this is. No other symptoms just what i described above

Health Nurse says:

Hi, These do not sound like symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection but could be related to a back issue. It is not possible to tell by email what is causing your symptoms. I would suggest you see a doctor for assessment of your pain. Health Nurse

 

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