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Offline Irrational Beyond Belief

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I shouldn't be, but slightly worried.
« on: February 01, 2012, 03:42:01 PM »
Thanks to this forum I'm definitely a lot less nervous than I was. I feel kind of stupid for adding yet another post that's most likely no risk, but I promise I'll try not to completely spam here and respect your opinions.

Alright, so I'm 17, and had my first little make out session about a week ago. Since then we've done mutual jerking a few times and he touched my back side a bit. Not fingering, just outside but still on the skin stuff. Still, I'm worried, as far as I know this person isn't HIV+ but I guess you never really know. I think it's important to know that I've have 2 swollen glands in my neck for months now, one of which has been there for years. On the day of making out I didn't eat or drink anything, which I think caused me to lose appetite for a few days as eating made me feel sick. I woke up the next morning (after making out the first time) with a more prominent sore throat, muscle aches in the muscles near my heart and a bit in my thighs, there was some dry skin around my lips, and a strange almost pimple-like thing (but un-poppable) on my back. The gland in my throats been slightly more inflamed then usual, but I'm thinking it's because I keep touching it. I chew on the inside of my mouth quite a bit, so I've been worried that while making out something could've gone into the bits I'd bitten.

I just need to know that under no circumstances is it possible that I could've gotten HIV. I do care about other STI's but I'm hoping if it is something, that it's at least curable. I hope I don't offend anyone here with my phobia towards HIV, you guys are great people for helping everyone like you do and for helping to stop the spreading of it. Also, the symptoms would never start the day after, right?

Offline RapidRod

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Re: I shouldn't be, but slightly worried.
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2012, 03:49:50 PM »
You have not done anything to put yourself at risk of contacting HIV.

HIV is transmitted by;
Unprotected penetrative anal and/or vaginal sex
Sharing works with other IV drug abusers
Mother to child
« Last Edit: February 01, 2012, 03:53:19 PM by RapidRod »

Offline Irrational Beyond Belief

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Re: I shouldn't be, but slightly worried.
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 03:51:45 PM »
Ah, okay thank you very much. Anything else this may sound like?

Offline RapidRod

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Re: I shouldn't be, but slightly worried.
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012, 03:52:49 PM »
Ah, okay thank you very much. Anything else this may sound like?
You'll have to see your doctor if you feel unwell.

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Re: I shouldn't be, but slightly worried.
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 04:04:51 PM »
Just so you know for future reference, the only confirmed risks for the sexual transmission of HIV are unprotected vaginal and anal intercourse. That's it. As long as condoms are always used for those activities you will be well protected.

You were absolutely not at risk for HIV during your recent experience.

Whatever is going on symptomatically has nothing to do with HIV. Discuss it with your doctor if the problem persists.
Andy Velez

Offline Irrational Beyond Belief

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Re: I shouldn't be, but slightly worried.
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 12:18:42 AM »
Alright, thank you both!

Quick question though, sorry. I've always heard oral sex, and any cut to cut exposure carried a risk, has this been recently disproven? A lot of pretty well known health websites still list these as risks. Probably to cover all ends just in case, right?

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Re: I shouldn't be, but slightly worried.
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 08:20:23 AM »
Alright, thank you both!

Quick question though, sorry. I've always heard oral sex, and any cut to cut exposure carried a risk, has this been recently disproven? A lot of pretty well known health websites still list these as risks. Probably to cover all ends just in case, right?

Disproven? Yes. Recently? Well if fifteen years is recent, then yes.

It sucks that web sites don't update. This site updated a couple of years ago, and it's probably due for a once-over now. But some sites still keep antiquated stuff about microscopic cuts and open-mouthed kissing.  At some point, it's tough to believe that it's simple neglect.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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