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Exposure
« on: Yesterday at 09:21:06 PM »
Hi,

1) My concern is over having two people lick my severely sunburnt ear – is sunbunt skin considered broken and is this a route for transmission via the saliva (or even blood) of a positive person? Or is sunburnt skin technically intact with only a shallow top layer that peels without affecting the skin’s ability to protect from infection?

I’ve been told my risk was non-existent but various symptoms continue to cause me concern: bad flu five and half weeks after exposure, a subsequent dry cough that lasted 8 weeks, followed by a break of 7 weeks before I picked up another cough that is now in its fifth week; and low-grade fever that feels like it has persisted for 6 months.

2) Do fourth-gen lab tests in the UK detect both 1 and 2 and other rare strains? I was told by the clinic that they do but cannot find much information online. My exposure/non-exposure was in sub-Saharan Africa.

3) I tested negative at 10 weeks through a UK lab-test (assume this is fourth-gen?). I asked to test again at 12 weeks but was advised against it because – as the doctor put it – the lab test used in the UK in practice picks up almost all infections by weeks 4-6, and certainly by week 8 – it is a combination of outdated information, legal conservatism and standardised medical testing that keeps government window pegged at 12 weeks.  Any thoughts?

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Re: Exposure
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 09:43:14 PM »
Licking an ear is not a risk for HIV infection.

The risk factors for HIV are ...

Sharing IV drug needles immediately after use.
Unprotected anal and vaginal sex.
Mother to child during or shortly after birth.
Very specific healthcare situations.

Use condoms for vaginal and anal sex consistently and correctly and you will avoid HIV infection, it is that simple.

Your negative result at 10 weeks is conclusive as you never had a risk.

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Re: Exposure
« Reply #2 on: Today at 09:02:35 AM »
Thank you for you reply.

Do you have any comments on bad sunburn as a possible route of transmission (broken skin or not) and do you know if fourth-gen tests pick up strains 1, 2 and other rare varieties?

I can accept that a no risk situation coupled with a negative result means that I am conclusively negative but these thoughts keep coming back.

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Re: Exposure
« Reply #3 on: Today at 09:06:40 AM »
Thank you for you reply.

Do you have any comments on bad sunburn as a possible route of transmission (broken skin or not) and do you know if fourth-gen tests pick up strains 1, 2 and other rare varieties?

I can accept that a no risk situation coupled with a negative result means that I am conclusively negative but these thoughts keep coming back.

The risk factors for HIV are ...

Sharing IV drug needles immediately after use.
Unprotected anal and vaginal sex.
Mother to child during or shortly after birth.
 
You did not have a risk and you tested negative . The test you used test for all strains so you are covered .

 


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