Dear Ask The Doctor: Hi im 25 about 6-7 yrs ago I went to strip club with a friend and i had sex intercourse with a waitress in a strip club i lasted about 1-2 minutes but the condom broke and now i am really worried that its to late and I have full blown aids I read that it takes 8-10 years and one sign is that you get Kaposi's sarcoma purple bruises now Im checking my body every time. I know I should get tested but my mother just got diagnosed with cancer and I want to wait for her to start chemo and feel comfortable but I am not waiting more than 2 months to get tested I just want to stop worrying and checking my body for Kaposi's sarcoma as I know if I see a bruise like that its over for me. I feel fine and healthy just started working out and feel stronger with lots of energy. Would appreciate if I could talk with someone. I am going through a rough time really scared I am getting tested like I said above and I am not sleeping with anyone until I get the results.
Dear Alejandro: The initial symptoms of HIV infection can be very unspecific as: fever, fatigue, night sweats, rash, swollen nodes, sore throat, headache, oral ulcers. Yes, the Kaposi’s Sarcoma is typical in HIV infected individuals because the low defenses. The following factors are associated with an increased risk of acquiring HIV infection: Unprotected sex, receptive anal intercourse carries a particularly high risk, injection drug use (sharing needles or drug paraphernalia), occupational needle stick or body fluid splash (estimated transmission rate <0.3%), contaminated blood products (before 1985 in the United States).In your particular case, if you are not sure about the HIV status of the sex worker from 6-7 years ago or if you are feeling very stress out and/or worried, I strongly recommend you getting tested. For your information, many people do not show symptoms after they first get infected with HIV. Others have a flu-like illness within several days to weeks after exposure to the virus. These symptoms usually disappear within a few weeks. After that, the person feels normal and has no symptoms. This asymptomatic phase often lasts for years. The development of the disease is different among individuals. Even though the person has no symptoms, he or she is contagious and can pass HIV to others. HIV infection is commonly diagnosed by blood tests that detect antibodies the immune system produces in an attempt to fight the virus. Testing for HIV is a two-step process: first, an inexpensive screening test (blood) or oral (saliva) is done. If that test is positive, a second test (Western blot) is done to confirm the result. The first test can be done without using a needle. This test, called the OraQuick Rapid HIV Test for Oral Fluid, gives results in 20 minutes using saliva. This test can detect only HIV type 1 (HIV-1) antibodies. Also, always keep in mind that engaging in risky behaviors (having unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person or sharing needles or syringes with an infected person) can transmit HIV.