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I read recently here on the site that the symptoms for HIV can include headaches and rashes and stiff and painful joints, among others. I was guilted into giving oral last March, and I wasn't worried about any STDS until I started frequenting this site, and since then I've started to wonder.

Anyway, when it says headaches, rashes, etc, how common are those? Does it mean constant headaches and rashes? I did get a rash about two months ago all over my whole body, and we never found out the cause, and I do get headaches often, along with occasional achy joints *but I've always blamed that on cold weather*

And I do plan on getting an HIV test, I believe my school offers free testing which I plan to check out.

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I don't think you'll find one HIV/AIDS patient who had the exact same set of symptoms at the same time. In other words, the trend varies from person to person.

One thing I would caution you against, since this seems apparent to me, is to avoid letting yourself "search" for causes for your symptoms: there are a million and one reasons for headaches, rashes and joint pain. I get all three, and relatively often: I have very sensitive skin, so weather extremes, soaps and lotions can cause me to break out in a rash. I'm very active, and my joints often take a beating (especially when I'm working in the barn all day long, or have lengthy workouts) so I often find myself sore. I can't always explain the headaches, but I often get them if I have to drive long distances/work outside, especially if it's bright out. I experience all three of those things, yet I know I don't have HIV.

Since you were exposed to someone through unprotected sex, I do think it'd be a good idea to get yourself tested. But do I think you should be worrying? Probably not.

I'd be hard pressed to find someone who hadn't had achy joints, a rash or a headache at some point. When we say those are symptoms of HIV, it was meant as they are common enough that they begin to reoccur often, or have no other explanation, not that you just get them.

Does that help some?

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Oh yes, it definitely helped. I think I've mostly been psyching myself out after researching it all.

Thanks [Big Grin]

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