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babybear
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I'm not sure if this belongs here, but I'm asking anyway.

There's a pretty big chance my boyfriend has Mono. He was given medication, and if the sickness does not go away, then they are taking bloodwork. If he has it, there is pretty much no way that I don't have it. Not even just through kissing, but unprotected oral. I'm really upset. What exactly is mono? If I have it, must I be in bed for weeks? I'm starting a new job soon, and I have alot of things to look foward to. I want to cry.

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Understand that with mono, there isn't treatment to make it go away. Treatment is to manage the discomfort of symtpoms, and/or ward off other infections (when you have one infection, it's easier to get another). But treatment doesn't make mono go away: it is a simple virus which needs to self-resolve and pass in time on its own.

The best thing you can do per your health right now is to take care of it, whether you contracted mono or not. Pump up your immune system by being sure to get some extra rest, stay active, and eat healthy, nutritious foods. Take some extra Vitamin C, in tablet form or via foods. Don't engage in intimate contact with your boyfriend right now, either.

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Alright. I just took a vitamin. I worked out yesterday, so I am staying active. I feel tired and it is kind of hard to swallow. but he really just may have the flu or something. We don't know. But I will do everything I can to stay healthy.

He wants to come over today. I pretty much told him "No.". If we don't kiss (or he doesn't cough or sneeze near me, I know mono is transmitted from saliva) or get sexual, will I be alright? I'm not having him over anyway, I just want to know.

Thanks for the quick reply.

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Casual contact/company should be fine.

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Hope I don't get in trouble for posting here, but this is something I know a lot about.

People typically contract mono 1 month before they start getting symptoms. So if your boyfriend is in fact starting to show symptoms from mono, you've already been exposed to it plenty. Now, not everyone who is exposed to the disease through saliva contracts it, and only about 1/3 of people who contract it get serious symptoms that are typically associated with mono. The rest (lucky !#$*!) just have mild symptoms, like they would if they had a cold for a week or two.

The more severe cases, you'll run a fever for awhile, you'll feel tired, you'll get a very sore throat, you may get stuffy sinuses, and you'll be sick from 1 to 3 months. I had never been that sick in my life. But yes, advice is: drink lots of fluids, make sure you eat enough even if it's got to be fluids and don't exhaust yourself. Limit intimate contact at least until you know you both have it or you both don't. Best wishes.

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Thanks for replying. That was definitely a major help. =]
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