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Cold and swollen nodes after sex - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I had unprotected sex about 10 days ago and now i have a cold and swollen nodes
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Since when did you notice the swollen nodes?
Doctor :   Where exactly do you find the nodal swellings?
User :   today i am not sure if they are swollen but one side feels a little bigger than the other side
User :   in my neck, below cheek bone
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Can you describe what you meant by cold - do you mean nasal congestion?
User :   on the 15th i had unprotected sex with a complete stranger to much to drink, got tested for std but have to wait to take hiv test
Doctor :   Ok
User :   by cold i mean i was a little stuffy in the head and running nose, sneezing no fever
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have sorethroat, difficulty in swallowing?
User :   no nothing like that was just coughing up mucus
Doctor :   Do you have history of allergies?
User :   yes not taking any meds for it
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical conditions such as diabetes, recurrent throat infectionS?
Doctor :   *infections?
User :   no nothing like that but I have herpes and ive had that for about 8 years
User :   i was last tested for hiv a year ago and it was neg but this last encounter has really got me worried
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Your symptoms are consistent with feature of upper respiratory tract inflammation.
Doctor :   It could be allergic in nature or probably a viral flu.
Doctor :   The symptoms are not significant to consider a HIV infection, hence you need not worry.
Doctor :   It is good that you have tested your self negative for STD infections.
Doctor :   The reports of HIV test will give you the much needed relief of the anxiety.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   ok but should i still be concerned about these symptoms right after having unprotected sex
User :   yes i follow but i cant take hiv test for another 5 weeks
Doctor :   The symptoms that you have are not significant enough to suggest HIV infection.
Doctor :   HIV DNA PCR test can be done earlier (as early as 2 weeks after exposure)
Doctor :   So if you are really worried, you can discuss with your healthcare provider to help you in getting this test done.
Doctor :   This test is a very sensitive test, and a negative PCR test will rule out HIV almost completely.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes you dont think that hiv is waranted but i have options if i dont want to wait
User :   so hopefully the risks for this encounter is relatively small and i will be fine
Doctor :   Your history is suggestive of an upper respiratory inflammation and not significant to consider HIV
Doctor :   However the best method to destress yourself is by getting the HIV test.
User :   great i will do
Doctor :   And HIV DNA PCR is the answer, if you do not wish to wait.
Doctor :   DO you have any other query?
User :   is it true that my chances based on male to female sex that i am ok my doctor said he thinks so
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   I agree with your doctor,
User :   ok are there any symptoms i should be worried about while i wait the 6 weeks
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   you will need to watch out for sorethroat, discomfort/pain while you swallow and fever.
Doctor :   If these symptoms occur,
Doctor :   you will need to report back to your doctor.
Doctor :   A swab test and antibiotic pills will be necessary.
Doctor :   And for your present symptoms,
User :   ok i am over the cold it started on friday and i just a light cough nose not running so much. i was just worried because i know hiv possible symptoms can show up about 2 weeks
Doctor :   Use steam inhalation thrice a day with
Doctor :   Tablet tylenol cold twice a day for 3 days.
User :   great i think that i feel better already
Doctor :   Since you don't report of fever, and sorethroat, the symptoms are likely to be allergic in origin.
Doctor :   And HIV infection or other infection is unlikely.
User :   nope my temp was 98 at the most and no sorethroat
User :   great i think that about covers my issues..i really have to say of the internet because some of these things are scary
Doctor :   Internet information can be scary.
Doctor :   They are meant for information only.
Doctor :   So you need not worry.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   nope thats all thanks
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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