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Hard and movable submandibular gland. Abdominal pain and pain in arms and legs. Does this sound like ARS?

Hi, 18 days ago, I was possibly pricked with a needle whilst at a rave.. Recently, I have found my submandibular gland on the left, to be hard, and larger then that of the right. Both are moveable. I am worried sick that it is HIV , I have also had pains in my head which lasts for a few seconds, coming and going for the past few days. Furthermore, I have had abdominal and some muscle pains around the arms and legs. I feel like I m going crazy having to wait for the window period to close. Does this sound like ARS? Is there any way I could get tested any time sooner? Thanks for the help.
Asked On : Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Sep 2012
Hello, Welcome to HCM,
Firstly, I do not understand one thing, when you know, that having sex with someone will lead you get infected by HIV, then why did not you use condom? That was the only thing which could keep you worry-free.
Your present symptoms sounds like ARS.
For confirmation you have to do first an ELISA HIV1&2 . If the result is negative go for p24 protein assay. If that also becomes negative go for DNA PCR for confirmation.
If all the tests are negative, HIV infection is unlikely.
Answered: Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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