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Jari,

Firstly, your unsafe encounter is actually a very low risk encounter. There is only one case confirmed worldwide of transmission via this route. For transmission to take place via cunnilingus, the receptive partner would probably have to be bleeding and the active partner (i.e. you) would have to have open cuts in their gums. For more information regarding oral sex transmission, please click here to see an earlier posting I have made on this subject and why transmission by oral sex is unlikely.

With regard to your gland, it may be swollen, although glands can swell for all kinds of reasons and certainly must not be attributed to HIV. Furthermore, if you are not sure you can even feel a lump it is unlikely it is even swollen. The soreness you can feel could be anything - a pulled tendon, muscle pain, a cyst. Even if it is swollen, if glands are swollen due to HIV, the swelling would be generalised i.e. swollen glands in the neck, armpits and groin. Glands can swell due to "harmless" viruses (e.g. colds and flu), mononucleosis and skin infections. Swelling can also be caused by allergies (when the immune system becomes hypersensitive) and even smoking. Glands in the armpits can become swollen due to a small scratch on the arm.

If you are worried about HIV infection, consider getting a test at three months. If this is the only "risky" encounter you have had, you really have no real cause for concern and it would put your mind at rest when the results come through. If you feel you have a significant paranoia about HIV and testing simply is not an option right now, consider professional counselling to help you through. Just talking to friends can take pressures off your mind as well.

Feel free to write back if you need more advice or support.

Good luck and best wishes,

Rachael

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