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Offline jeff

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HIV Risk (Worried Sick; Please Help)
« on: June 28, 2009, 04:29:27 PM »
About three weeks ago I had a protected sexual encounter with a male of unknown HIV status.  The encounter lasted about two minutes.  I was the top and used a condom the entire time.  The condom did not break or slip off.  I did have a very small nick on my scrotum from using the electric trimmer that morning (about 7 hours earlier).  It worried me that some fluid from his anus could have ran down there.  I ejaculated inside the condom about 30 or 40 seconds after pulling out.  I then removed the condom and threw it out.  I might have touched my penis after removing the condom.  I don't know what the risk from this is.  Now, three weeks later, I have been having a bout with diarrhea for a couple of days and noticed some body aches and a slight headache.  Would there be much of a risk from any of the events I described?  I am really worried and I am afraid these symptoms may be from HIV? Please help.

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Re: HIV Risk (Worried Sick; Please Help)
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009, 06:11:41 PM »
Like you were told at MedHelp you didn't have a risk of contracting HIV.

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Re: HIV Risk (Worried Sick; Please Help)
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009, 07:18:56 PM »
I have since developed a fever of about 100 and body aches, so something is wrong, but you feel confident it is not HIV?  I must be something else?

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Re: HIV Risk (Worried Sick; Please Help)
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009, 08:51:40 PM »
You had protected intercourse, which is exactly what you are supposed to do. Condoms provide very effective protection. You have no cause for concern.

Whatever is casuing your symptoms has nothing to do with HIV. Your head is working overtime unnecessarily. If they persist you should discuss them with your doctor.

This is not an HIV situation and no testing is ncessary.
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Re: HIV Risk (Worried Sick; Please Help)
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009, 10:21:08 PM »
I guess it is easy to get confused reading conflicting information on the internet.  The CDC says there have been cases of HIV spreading through protected anal.  Like I said, I was the top and I had nicked my scrotum earlier that day.  It scared me that fluid during anal sex got into the nick.  I usually never get sick, especially during the summer.  I have a fever (100 degrees), body aches all over and diarreah.  I don't usually worry this much, but I am definately sick with something.

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Re: HIV Risk (Worried Sick; Please Help)
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2009, 02:49:39 AM »
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Re: HIV Risk (Worried Sick; Please Help)
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2009, 03:48:43 AM »

If you feel unwell, go see a doctor. As you've been told, you didn't have a risk for hiv infection. I understand you're worried about the nick on your scrotum, but that simply isn't how hiv is transmitted.

And as for what the CDC says about protected anal - consider the source. They're a government agency - a branch of the very same government that doesn't want two men to marry. They don't want to be seen as even remotely promoting anal intercourse.

Condoms have been proven to prevent hiv transmission. There have been long-term studies of couples where one is positive and one is negative. In the couples who used condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, but no barrier for oral activities, not one of the negative partners became infected with hiv. Not one.

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together. To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through all three condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED TO TEST OVER THIS SPECIFIC INCIDENT, anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results. Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

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