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A 19-year-old male asked:

Im worried i have hiv. right now i have 2 small mouth ulcers and small red bumps on my back and chest that dont itch. also i have a headache. its been 2 weeks since i had unprotected oral sex. i am a paranoid person so how worried should i be?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Not at all: You should not worry before you have a test to determine if you have HIV or another sexually transmitted disease. Simply make an appointment with your doctor, discuss your sexual activity and ask for testing for STDs as well as for advice regarding safe sex. Do not be shy about doing this, we are all prepared to have these discussions and to address these concerns. You are part of a generation that seems to have a higher rate of anxiety about many things, health especially. It is not clear why this generation has such a high rate of anxiety or, as you call it, paranoia, but rest assured you are not alone.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Mouth ulcers: To clear your mind, see your Physician or Urgent Care for an examination and an HIV screening test. Usually 2 are required for certainty. As to your mouth ulcers,, should disappear inn10-14 days. If not, see your Dentist and be sure to provide a complete medical history. And don't play Russian Roulette, don't have unprotected sex.
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Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Find Out: Your doctor or local hospital can quickly tell you if you have aids so you can stop worrying if you don't or begin treatment if you do.
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Last updated Oct 9, 2017

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