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Author Topic: Infection Worries  (Read 1466 times)

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Offline newcanadian

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Infection Worries
« on: April 15, 2010, 08:45:23 PM »

I'm fairly sure that my risk was minimal, and I plan on getting tested once month 3 comes around, but I thought I'd run it by this forum so I can try and chill out in the meantime as well as gain a better understanding of the risk levels of my behavior.  Also, given the conflicting information on the internet, maybe my questions could help clarify others' worries.

(and I promise not to post repeated questions after a response like some the threads!).

I had a homosexual encounters 5 weeks ago.  It was protected anal insertive sex; the condom did not seem to have any real noticeable breaks, so my understanding on this is that I would need some pretty god-like bad luck to get anything.  Fine.

I noticed the next day that I had a reddish sore on my penis (probably from friction, etc).  Again, according to my understanding, this doesn't influence my risk during protected sex very much, as condoms are pretty darn effective.  But when I pulled off the condom (which I did pretty quickly), is it possible that the juice on the condom could infect me?  I know that HIV/AIDS can't survive outside for very long, but how about thirty seconds? 

Secondly, all my fear is based not so much on my act as a series of flu-like symptoms I recently acquired (Again, about 4 or 5 weeks after the encounter).   I've heard conflicted information on what is and what is not an HIV symptom--perhaps a few comments could clear up some fear for not only me but others here.

1. I had some very swollen lymph nodes in my neck... but nowhere else (not even under my jaw).  I've heard that AVS tends to trigger a more generalized, body-wide swelling.  Is this the case?  Or could it inflame only one set of nodes?

2. My sore throat and fever were not so severe, and both were well in check within 4 days, leaving only a little fatigue and a hint of swallowing troubles in their wake.  I've heard that symptoms can sometimes be mild or happen not at all, but I've also read that IF you do get symptoms, they tend to last for 1-2 weeks.  Is it possible to undergo AVS with mild symptoms for a rather short time? 

3. Finally (and I think I solved this one on my own), there seems to be a lot of misconceptions online about having a white tongue and having oral thrush.  From my understanding, thrush is big, chunky white spots, not just whitish discoloration over the tongue,  Furthermore, it can be scraped off and HURTS when you do so.  In short, you will KNOW when you have thrush, as opposed to my whitish tongue which was purely cosmetic and is going away along with my sickness.  Is my amateur analysis correct?

Thank you in advance for your help.  Just writing this was cathartic, and I hope it can allay the sometimes irrational fears of other people who have been taught that HIV is terribly effective and terribly prevalent and are suffering needlessly because of their fears.


Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Infection Worries
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2010, 08:57:13 PM »
First of all, you had safer sex. Condoms provide very effective protection against HIV transmission.

Secondly, absolutely nothing you are reporting symptomatically is in anyway HIV-specific. If your symptoms persist, including the swollen nodes, discuss them with your doctor. And leave your nodes alone. They are very sensitive to the touch and you can make a REAL problem by bothering them.

Getting tested is strictly for your peace of mind because you didn't have a risk. You are certain to get a negative result.

Keep using a condom everytime for anal (and vaginal) intercourse and you will be well protected from HIV. Take a breath. You're going to be fine.

Andy Velez


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