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Author Topic: No intercourse, but think I might have been exposed (showing symptoms)  (Read 1378 times)

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Offline Xibi

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Hi, so about a month ago, I made out with this girl at a party. She said she thought she cut her gum while we were making out, but I neither tasted the blood, nor did I see it. I didn't have any major gashes in my mouth or cuts, nor was I bleeding. She also performed unprotected oral sex on me.

Now, one month later, I've had bouts of diarrhea (nothing severe, lasted for only a week or so), and I've had skin rashes for the past week (which, I think may be an adverse reaction to sun overexposure in those areas on my upper right thigh, left arm). Also, I had surgery on my elbow in January, and it's starting to be sore/hurting again (I read that muscle soreness is a symptom)

I know I'm probably just overthinking this, but is my case something to worry about?

Offline RapidRod

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You never had an exposure.

Offline Ann

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Xibi,

Kissing is absolutely NOT  a risk for hiv infection. Unless you're in the habit of repeatedly punching a person in the mouth before you kiss them, there could not possibly be enough blood present to cause concern.

Not only is saliva not infectious, but it also contains over a dozen different proteins and enzymes that damage hiv and render it unable to infect.

Sexually speaking, the only proven risks for hiv infection are unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse.

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.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED TO TEST OVER KISSING, 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. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

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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Offline Xibi

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Alright, thank you for putting my mind at ease. I just think illogically sometimes and think that correlation equals causation, without knowing much about the subject.

Offline Xibi

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Sorry for posting again, just an update. All of my potential symptoms have gone away, but I had another question.

I found out recently that this girl (the one in question) does a lot of drugs, and as such, her oral health is significantly less than mine. Does this play a role in things, and should I be worried? I read that the only potential method of spreading HIV orally is if both people's mouths are cut.

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Sorry for posting again, just an update. All of my potential symptoms have gone away, but I had another question.

I found out recently that this girl (the one in question) does a lot of drugs, and as such, her oral health is significantly less than mine. Does this play a role in things, and should I be worried? I read that the only potential method of spreading HIV orally is if both people's mouths are cut.

Under NO circumstances are you going to get HIV through kissing. PLEASE read our LESSONS on HIV transmission, and stop being disrespectful of your kissing partner in your comments.

"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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