Quantcast

Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
September 17, 2014, 04:40:00 PM

Login with username, password and session length


Members
Stats
  • Total Posts: 639120
  • Total Topics: 48517
  • Online Today: 218
  • Online Ever: 585
  • (January 07, 2014, 02:31:47 PM)
Users Online

Welcome


Welcome to the POZ/AIDSmeds Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ/AIDSmeds community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Welcome to Am I Infected

IMPORTANT UPDATE
Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to the "Am I Infected?" POZ forum.

New members -- those who have posted three or fewer messages -- are permitted to post questions and responses, free of charge (make them count!). Ongoing participation in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- posting more than three questions or responses -- requires a paid subscription.

A seven-day subscription is $9.99, a 30-day subscription is $14.99 and a 90-day subscription is $24.99.

Anyone who needs to post more than three messages in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- including past, present and future POZ Forums members -- will need to subscribe, with secure payments made via PayPal.

There will be no charge to continue reading threads in the "Am I Infected?" forum, nor will there be a charge for participating in any of the Main Forums; Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits; and Off Topic Forums. Similarly, all POZ and AIDSmeds pages, including our "How is HIV Transmitted?" and "Am I Infected? (A Guide to Testing for HIV)" lessons, will remain accessible to all. 

NOTE: HIV testing questions will still need to be posted in the "Am I Infected?" forum; attempts to post HIV symptoms or testing questions in any other forums will be considered violations of our rules of membership and subject to time-outs and permanent bans.

To learn how to upgrade your Forums account to participate beyond three posts in the "Am I Infected?" Forum, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding and future support of the best online support service for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

Author Topic: 37 weeks pregnant, hopefully no risk situation - please advice  (Read 1861 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline worrierme

  • Member
  • Posts: 3
37 weeks pregnant, hopefully no risk situation - please advice
« on: January 20, 2009, 05:19:12 AM »
Hi

I've tried looking for similar circumstances on the net but finding it hard, wondering if any of you wonderful people could advice.

I borrowed my sisters swimsuit recently, and didn't think til afterwards that I know her HIV status is questionable (has never tested (we live in UK) but numerous partners with no protection used as she was fitted with coil for contraception).

I know HIV isn't ordinarily transmitted by clothes, however I'm just worried that

1) she could have unknowingly leaked vaginal secretions/menstrual blood onto the item.

2) I tried the item on without underwear either (to make sure it fit) and at the time did have small cuts in that area (from shaving bikini line) and a small sore on my outer labia (I went on to develop thrush the following week, which is at which point I started to worry she could have passed anything on.

There would have been a gap of around 6 hours from when she passed it to me and I tried it on if that makes any difference?

I think my pregnancy is fuelling any paranoia, but if I need to get tested I need to do it quick so that any preventative measures to stop me passing anything on to my baby can be taken.

This was 8 weeks ago by the way - so is this too soon to test if needed??

Many thanks for any responses

Offline Ann

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 28,140
  • It just is, OK?
    • Num is sum qui mentiar tibi?
Re: 37 weeks pregnant, hopefully no risk situation - please advice
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2009, 05:59:59 AM »
worrier,

No risk!

It wouldn't matter if there WAS menstrual blood or vaginal secretions on the bikini, it's not a risk for hiv infection. No way, no how. Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus which is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse. It is NOT transmitted from environmental surfaces.

As a pregnant woman, you should have been screened by now for hiv infection. If you haven't, I highly recommend that you do. Not because of the bikini, but because if you've ever had unprotected intercourse with someone of unknown status, then you have been at risk. Unless you've tested negative together  with every single one of your (unprotected) sexual partners over the years, then you've had sex with a person of unknown status.

Ann
Condoms are a girl's best friend

Condom and Lube Info  



"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline RapidRod

  • Member
  • Posts: 15,288
Re: 37 weeks pregnant, hopefully no risk situation - please advice
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2009, 09:23:26 AM »
worrierme didn't you ask the same question on Dec 17 and Jan 14th in another forum?

Offline worrierme

  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Re: VERY pregnant, broken skin, no risk situation
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2009, 10:55:20 AM »
Hi

Ann - Thanks for your response - I have indeed been STD tested earlier in pregnancy (although am lucky enough to be in a relationship with a person with no previous sexual contacts- the same with me)

I've been for a screen at my GUM clinic just to be on the safe side (for contraction of any other infections) and had negative results for all (although these were at 8.5 weeks post the incident I originally referred to)

My concerns is from when you read generally that HIV can be contracted through broken skin and I don't think enough emphasis is placed on the contact being DIRECT (i.e. Fluid sraight from body) which the Health Advisor at the local clinic advised me.

Offline worrierme

  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Re: 37 weeks pregnant, hopefully no risk situation - please advice
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2009, 10:59:13 AM »
Rod

I did ask the same question in another forum (which I believe you also use), but was asking for others opinions, as I would have thought most people wouldn;t want to rely on one sole source of information.

Thanks


Offline Andy Velez

  • Global Moderator
  • Member
  • Posts: 24,692
Re: 37 weeks pregnant, hopefully no risk situation - please advice
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2009, 06:00:25 PM »
HIV is not transmitted from clothing, no, not even if the bikini was dripping with HIV+ blood -- a circumstance which I very much doubt.

Ann made the most important point to you which is that as standard procedure any pregnant woman should be tested for HIV as early on in pregnancy as possible.

For future reference, the only real risk for HIV transmission sexually is via unprotected vaginal and anal intercourse. As long as any guy you're with uses a condom everytime then you are well protected.
All the other risks sexually are strictly theoretical. And HIV is not passed from clothing, food, environmental surfaces, doorknobs, scissors in a beauty parlor and any of the other such surfaces people seem to worry about.
Andy Velez

 


Terms of Membership for these forums
 

© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.