swollen lymph nodes
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First of all, if you have received a negative test 12 weeks or more after a possible exposure, your results are conclusive.
There is no need for further testing unless you have had another potential exposure.
It is also important to know that giving oral sex is considered to be a low risk exposure. This is because while it does involve an exchange of body fluids, there have only been a few reports of infection attributed to this activity.
saliva is not the bodily fluids that can pass the virus. Also an enzym in saliva actually inhibit the virus from entering the bloodstream.
You need to swallow more than 4 gallons of saliva to pose a risk to begin with. And your stomach content (very acidic environment) kills the virus even if you swallow semen.
If you had no open cuts or soars in your mouth at the time the chance of infection once again goes down considerably.
Swollen lymph nodes is not necessarily a sign of acute infection. They can be explained by a variety of other things. This is why testing is the only way to really know your status. Since you have received several negative test results, it is time to trust these extremely accurate and reliable testing methods.
If you have not seem a doctor for the symptom yet, it may be good time to do so.
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