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Offline ahong

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window period...
« on: August 05, 2009, 03:29:55 PM »
Hello Ann,

I have go through the forum and founded that you all claimed that protected intercourse was no risk and no blood testing needed. But, I have some question about condom quality. For your information, recently I had vaginal intercourse with a sex worker and I was protected by using condom. The condom do not slip and breakage after intercourse. But I go through internet for condom quality information, most of the manufacturers claimed that condom was not 100% for prevent STD. This mean that protected intercourse was not 100% free from HIV even slip and breakage of condom never happen? Furthermore, I also get some information from internet that the HIV can pass through condom membrane structure because of virus size are significantly smaller than sperm. All this information make me worry about it. Can you please give me some comments on all those information?

Thanks for help.
hong

Offline RapidRod

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Re: question about protected intercourse
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 03:52:03 PM »
Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in
preventing transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In addition, correct
and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of other sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs), including discharge and genital ulcer diseases.
While the effect of condoms in preventing human papilloma virus (HPV) infection
is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical
cancer, an HPV-associated disease. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that latex condoms provide an essentially impermeable barrier to particles the size of STD pathogens.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: question about protected intercourse
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 04:35:20 PM »
Nothing other than your using your own hand on yourself is 100% safe as far as sexual transmission of HIV. However, experience has proven that a properly worn and unbroken latex condom will be 99.9% safe in relation to HIV. HIV does not pass through a latex condom.

We only address HIV issues here. Other STDs can be easier to transmit even when a condom is worn although a condom will likely reduce risk level for those as well.

We also recommend that anyone who is sexually active ought to regularly have a full STD panel done. That means at least annually and more often if there are any problematic symptoms.

Andy Velez

Offline ahong

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Re: question about protected intercourse
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 04:23:15 AM »
Hi Andy and Rapidrod,

Thanks for fast responses, I am sorry that I still have some doubts about condom.
Thanks for the information about the 99.9% safe in HIV infection. But then the 0.1% would probably the vaginal fluids enter from the condom opening which located at bottom part of penis?
I also get some information about HIV could not pass through latex condom because the viruses cannot survive without body fluids, HIV infection might be happen if body fluids with HIV penetrate through condom membrane structure. As I know, latex condom could done very well with prevent body fluids interchange when intercourse. But how about the Polyurethane condom plays in this role? If this statement was truth, it would be high safety and reliable of condom to prevent HIV infection?

However, is this statement reliable?   

Offline RapidRod

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Re: question about protected intercourse
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2009, 04:28:15 AM »
You didn't pay attention to anything that was said. If you used a condom consistently and never had a condom failure then at NO time were you ever at risk and condoms are 100% effective.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: question about protected intercourse
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009, 08:06:49 AM »
No. the 0.1% would be if the condom was not put on properly covering the head of the penis and/orforeskin if not circumcised. Or if it broke due to being outdated or due to unusual force exerted during intercourse.

Right now you seem to hanging out in the domain of What Ifs which will only feed your worst fears. Doubts and fears are not facts.

From what you have reported you have no cause at this time for concern in terms of HIV science.

Stop indulging in this unnecessary drama and get on with your life.
Andy Velez

Offline ahong

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Re: question about protected intercourse
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2009, 12:55:36 PM »
Sorry....my doubts really over.
Anyway, thanks Andy and Rapidrod for yours useful advise. i would take it easy and go for HIV antibody test after 3 months for conclusive result which make me peace.

Thanks a lot.

ahong

Offline ahong

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window period...
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009, 12:32:14 AM »
Hi Andy,

i just done blood test with negative result on week-12, do i need to test again after week-13 for conclusive result? because i read from your previous post that mentioned about window period is after week-13.
Thank you to answer my question.

regard,
ahong

Offline anniebc

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Re: window period...
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2009, 12:50:15 AM »
 Ahong

I have merged your threads so please keep all your question in this one from now on...thank you for your cooperation.

The vast majority of people who have actually been infected will serconvert and test positive by six weeks, with the average time to seroconversion being only 22 days, a six week negative is highly unlikely to change so therefore you are good to go at 12 weeks.

Time to move on and get on with your life you are HIV negative.

Jan
 
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Offline ahong

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Re: window period...
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2009, 07:34:04 AM »
alright....thanks Jan.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: window period...
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2009, 09:58:00 AM »
In many countries 12 weeks is an accepted testing point. So whether 12 or 13 weeks, the result is reliable. You're HIV negative.

As Jan said, it's time to move on with your life.
Andy Velez

Offline ahong

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Re: window period...
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2009, 05:08:13 AM »
thanks andy, i appreciate your advice. all the best to you all, god bless.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: window period...
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2009, 08:05:56 AM »
You're welcome. Hopefully now you will get on with your life and always use condoms for intercourse so you don't have to relive this kind of worry again.

Cheers.
Andy Velez

 


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