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Symptoms of HIV, irritation in left shoulder muscle, palpable lymph nodes - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am experiencing some symptoms of HIV, can you help diagnose them? My last sexual encounter was one month ago, but it was only oral sex. Since then, I have experienced irritation in my left shoulder muscle, palpable lymph nodes, and what I think might be a maculopapular rash. Should I get myself tested at the three-month mark?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   Im an 18 yr old male
Doctor :   Since when have you noticed these symptoms?
User :   Maybe four week after the soral sex
User :   oral*
Doctor :   May I know who your partner was?
User :   He was a male, 26 years old
User :   I don't know if he was HIV positive or negative
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have fever?
User :   No
User :   No flu like symptoms either
Doctor :   Did you suffer from on and off fever during the month following exposure?
User :   Nope, I haven't had one at all
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain.
Doctor :   Though, I cannot pinpoint what may be the cause for your current symptoms, the symptoms
Doctor :   are not consistent with the symptoms of HIV infection.
Doctor :   More over, the chances of HIV transmission
Doctor :   through an oral sex alone (saliva) is also rare.
User :   Okay
User :   I have a few questions though
Doctor :   Yes proceed.
User :   If a lymph node is enlarged how big would it be? Because I know the ones inguinal nodes and the ones in the neck are easily palpable. And, I have random itchy bumps on my arms, thighs, and trunk. Are itchy red bumps consistent with a maculopapular rash?
Doctor :   Any lymphnode that is palpable is abnormally enlarged, however
Doctor :   the inguinal and axillary group of lymphnodes can get enlarged commonly in less serious illness too.
User :   Okay
Doctor :   One or two lymphnode (not group) enlargement in these region is considered insignigicant.
Doctor :   Hence you need not worry about those.
User :   Alright. What about the bumps on my skin?
Doctor :   The best way to rule out HIV though is by getting the test.
User :   Right
Doctor :   I would suggest you to get the test done (if feasible), the HIV Elisa test at the end of 3 months following exposure.
Doctor :   This is the best way to alleviate your anxiety regarding HIV.
Doctor :   As I mentioned already, I cannot pinpoint what the cause for the bumps that you have without a physical examination.
Doctor :   I would suggest you to watch over those bumps for changes.
User :   Yes, I have a physical in two weeks. Thank you so much, Doctor
Doctor :   Most of these bumps clear off if you don't have fever, and severe itching.
User :   No, the itching isn't sever I was just worried about them.
Doctor :   If these bumps increase in size, or if you notice fever like symptoms, you will need specific treatment then.
User :   Okay
Doctor :   You need not concern much about, as the chances of HIV is rare.
Doctor :   Consult your doctor as scheduled.
Doctor :   And the HIV Test at 3rd month.
Doctor :   This should clear you off all the doubts that you have.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Okay, thank you Doctor. I feel very relieved. And yes, I'm going to get my physical and then get the ELISA test in february
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No, that's everything. Thank you again
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
Doctor :   Wish you a Happy New Year.
User :   Happy new year to you as well!
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