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It is exceedingly rare for HIV to be transmitted via oral sex provided to a female, and that is true even if the encounter of oral sex continues for much longer than what you describe. In your case, with such a short encounter, the risk would be even less.
On the other hand, there are many common causes of an irritation larynx and a dry cough, most often from a generic viral infection.
The current recommendation is that there is no reason to test for HIV after an encounter of providing oral sex to a woman, even if that woman is in a high risk category. However, if someone is anxious, getting tested is usually the best method to be able to be reassured that HIV transmission has not occurred.
If I can provide any clarification, please let me know.
The risk is so low that the US Center for Disease Control does not even attempt to calculate a percentage or ratio, but this estimate from your doctor is about as close as can be done.
Yes, it is statistically far more likely that the symptoms are from a generic viral infection. There are actually other rare causes, such as acid reflux, that still would be more likely than HIV.
We never diagnose HIV from acute symptoms, because the acute symptoms are the same as other viral infections - fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes.
A generic viral infection is any of hundreds of viruses that can infect the human body, causing anything from colds to throat infections to bronchitis to GI infections. Since all of these infections are benign and act similarly, we groupp them together and do not try to differentiate the hundreds of different viruses. In the case of a throat infection in adults, a generic viral infection is far more common as a cause of a throat infection than Strep, and both are more common than HIV.
I am saying that it is exceedingly rare that HIV is even a possibility and the one in a billion estimate by your doctor is as close as can be stated.
Because we do not usually worry about that level of risk. You are more likely to sustain a serious injury causing death or permanent neurologic injury from the car trip to get tested than the likelihood that you have the disease. If testing for the disease is riskier than the likelihood of the disease, then we typically do not worry about testing for the disease.
This is not an example - this is real risk. If you make a trip to your doctor or a lab to be seen for testing, there is a risk of having a car accident, and some of these car accidents will result in death or serious permanent neurologic damage. The risk of death or serious permanent neurologic damage is greater than the risk of acquiring HIV from this encounter, and we typically do not worry about testing for HIV, or any serious medical condition, if the risk of having the disease is less than the risk of getting tested for the disease.
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