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Hi I have some queries, which I hope you will be able to help me with 1- If a person is seroconverting and has lymph nodes, will it come out at all the places or 3-4 lymphnodes in the neck can also be a sign of hiv. If a person is on antibiotic will it subside or lymph nodes due to hiv are subsided by ART 2 - Can the flu like symptoms go in 4 days. What level of fever is there in hiv whether it is above 101 or below 101 degree fahrenheight. I had taken paracetamol for 4 days only. Only two days I had fever above 102 degrees 3- Rapid point of care ( tridot tests ) test with serum will have how long a window period. I have tested on 13th March, 18th March, 24th March & 29th March...all negative. 4 - Can the medicines of diabetes and antibiotic for lymph nodes ( augmentin 625 and chymarol forte ) delay the window period 5- If a person has a lymph nodes for more than 10 days & if he is actually having hiv, will it come in the tridot test...... I tested negative. actually, i am asking these questions due to the following activity which I encountered on 10th Jan & 9th March Jan - fingering in vagina and there is a possibility that my penis touch vagina of the csw & i masturbated with vaginal fluid in hand 8th March - Kissing deep, nipples massaging the tip of penis( fear of breast milk entering urethra). 10 seconds of insertive felatio. I will be grateful if you could help me ease my anxiety, point by point. Lastly, do you suggest hiv testing for these two activities or will it treated as only anxiety. thankyou

First I want to discuss the risks you have described; HIV is not passed in these ways. There is a theoretical risk of transmission with these activities but they are not how we see HIV being passed.HIV is usually passed through unprotected vaginal or anal sex, sharing injection drug equipment or from a mother to her child during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.

Second, symptoms related to seroconversion vary from person to person so there is no one answer to your questions about symptoms. Swollen lymph nodes and fever usually occur when the body’s immune system is activated and there are many bacteria and virus that can do this. The severity of these symptoms when caused by an HIV infection can vary from person to person with some people having no symptoms. The only way to know if you have been infected is to be tested.

Medications for diabetes or antibiotics will not change the window period of HIV tests

The Tridot HIV test is not used in BC so I cannot comment on its window period; it would be best if you ask about the window period where you did the test.
Finally, there are some STIs that can be spread through the activities you have described. Herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis and HPV could be transmitted in these ways. To find out more information about these different STIs please check out our About STIs page:


Or to learn more about how different STIs can be passed check out our Know Your Chances Charts:


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Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on April 2, 2014

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ravi says:

for the past 5-6 days I am having some prickly feeling on my body, it aggravates in the night. What could it be. I have read it can be of anxiety. I hope it is not ARS symptom after insertive felatio. I am suffering from guilt and anxiety due to the above acts

can you please help me

thankyou so much

Health Nurse says:

It sounds like you are really worried about what happened.

We don’t see HIV being passed with the sexual activities you have described. I usually tell people to ignore the symptoms of ARS as they are general symptoms that can be caused by many different conditions e.g. common cold. They are more of a reminder that you are worried about HIV and should go for a test.

Having anxiety can cause your body to have symptoms like you described. I am not worried about your risk to HIV but I am worried about how you are feeling. Being very anxious with feelings of stress and guilt can be bad for your health. There are different ways a health professional could help you with your feelings of anxiety and guilt.

It can help to talk with a counselor about how you are feeling. You could chat with a nurse online with our chat function or you could go back to the clinic that did your original test to chat about how you are feeling.

Let us know if you need assistance finding someone.

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