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A 34-year-old male asked:

How does the hiv virus enter the blood after infection through penis? can it get stuck in lymphatic vessels and cause swell? i have issues with my inner thighs where a section of thin, long lumps causing discomfort. neg.hiv at 6 months. all std neg.

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Blood to blood: During sexual intercourse, some microtrauma and hemorrhage occurs in both partner's genitalia allowing for blood-to blood transmission. If your HIV and STD tests were all negative, the problem may be from something else. You need to make sure that these are indeed lymph nodes by asking your doctor to check them out. This may be followed by other tests to confirm his diagnosis
Dr. Alphonse Ekole
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes and no: The hiv virus like most viruses is a tiny particle that cannot be seen even using the ordinary microscope. it will cross between the cells of your genitalia during exchange of bodily fluids. The incubation period for hiv is between 3 to 6months. There may be a primary transient phase of generalise lymph adenopathy at onset. In your case, you should see a doctor to examine the lump first.
Last updated Sep 7, 2017

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