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Author Topic: Should I Get Tested?  (Read 1332 times)

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Offline Party Gal

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Should I Get Tested?
« on: October 12, 2009, 12:40:31 PM »
This is kinda gross and embarrassing...

I was recently talking to someone at a bar and as he was taking a swig of his drink, he started laughing or choked or something and ended up spraying me with a mixture of wine and whatever else came out of his mouth.  I got sprayed directly in my eye and pretty much all over my face/mouth.  Originally I thought it was vomit but then he kept reassuring me that he was laughing and he just accidentally spit his sip out on me.  I ran to the washroom and rinsed my eyes and mouth out with water and washed my face.

Unfortunately, the color of what he sprayed was light purple from the wine so I couldn't tell if there was any blood.

My questions are:  In the worst case, if this was spit or vomit (possibly mixed with blood) from him that landed in large amounts all over my face and directly in my eyes, is there any cause for concern?  I'm not aware of this guy's status and that was the only contact I had with him.  Do I need to get tested?  Has transmission ever occurred in such a way?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Re: Should I Get Tested?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2009, 12:57:11 PM »
PG,

You have not had a risk. Hiv is a very fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is mainly transmitted during unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse. Once it's outside the human body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels quickly damage hiv and render it unable to infect. Also, not only are saliva and vomit not infectious fluids, but saliva also contains over a dozen different proteins and enzymes that damage hiv and render it unable to infect. Even if there were blood in his mouth, the presence of the wine and his saliva would have damaged any hiv.

You do NOT need to test over this incident. However, if you are a sexually active adult, you should be testing routinely anyway.

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 BEING SPIT ON, 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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Re: Should I Get Tested?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009, 01:04:56 PM »
Ann,
Thanks so much for the reply and thank you for confirming the non-risk for this situation as I suspected.  The reassurance is invaluable.

Stay Well

PG

 


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