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Offline Chris123456

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HIV?
« on: February 27, 2012, 05:50:47 AM »
I have had a brief exposure while I was in pattaya when the condom broke. The HIV status of the girl has not been confirmed. Soon after the exposure I noticed a bump in my lower lip that I went and got checked out and was told it was a mucocele or a mucous cyst. I have never had A cyst in my life let alone one in my mouth. I have been using antibiotics and kenalog for a week With no results thus far. Could this indicate possible HIV infection? I have also had a mosquito bite that got infected on my leg, which has never happened before either. I did the HIV rapid test at 8 weeks and now wondering if I should do the 3 month one based on these symptoms. Is the rapid test accurate? Should I just move on?

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Re: HIV?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 07:37:58 AM »
Chris,

Your risk is very much on the lower end of the scale, but you do need to test at three months to confirm your eight week negative.

And no, your symptoms have nothing to do with hiv.

Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus, and more so from a woman to a man. This, coupled with your very brief exposure, are in your favour and I totally expect you to continue to test negative. I've yet to see the insertive partner end up positive over a condom break and I do not expect you to be the first. Just get your confirmation at three months.

    **edited to add**

The vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks, with the average time to seroconversion being only 22 days. A six week (or more) negative must be confirmed at the three month point, but is highly unlikely to change. This is why I do not expect your eight week negative to change, although you still much confirm at three months.

    **end edit**

If you haven't already, you should also be tested for all the other, much more easily transmitted STIs as well. Some can be present with no obvious symptoms - notably syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea - so the ONLY way to know for sure is to test.

Correctly used condoms rarely break. There are two leading causes of condom breakage.

The first is not using enough (or any) water based lube. Make sure you're using plenty of water based lube.

The second is having an air bubble in the tip. When you put a condom on, you need to pinch the tip with the thumb and finger of one hand while rolling it down with the other hand. Once it's on, give it a firm stroke from tip to base while watching the tip. If there's air in there, you'll see it. If there IS air, roll it back up and try again.

For future reference, here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

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 the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

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!

Ann
« Last Edit: February 27, 2012, 07:40:29 AM by Ann »
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Re: HIV?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 10:27:25 AM »
Hey Ann just tested again at 3 months 2 days and was all good. Thank you for ur support during a rough time :)

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Re: HIV?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012, 10:35:01 AM »
Chris,

You're welcome.

Good, if not unexpected, news. Remember to use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will continue to avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


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