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Author Topic: Worried,What are the possibilities of infection (short and simple story)  (Read 1485 times)

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The first guy I ever did anything with was back in 11th grade.We only had oral sex a few times.He did ejaculate in my mouth and I always spit.The next I only had protected vaginal with.My last partner was a boyfriend in August 2011.We had protected vaginal but we never "finished" or he never ejaculated.Also he was a virgin(fact).I also would always fill the condom up with water after just to check for holes.I have a boyfriend now,but have not had sex since August 2011.I'm now 18 and out of school.I know that sometimes people do have some symptoms after exposure.That has not happened to me,in fact I rarely get sick.What do you think?(I still would like to get tested to ease my mind)
« Last Edit: September 26, 2012, 05:21:57 AM by allyyoung »

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Re: Worried,What are the possibilities of infection (short and simple story)
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2012, 07:38:37 AM »
ally,

You've done what you need to do to protect yourself - you made sure your partner was wearing a condom for vaginal intercourse. You haven't had a risk for hiv infection.

By the way, filling a condom up with water afterwards is just silly and unnecessary. When condoms break, they do so in a VERY obvious way and you wouldn't need to fill it with water to know it was broken. Condoms don't develop small holes - that's an urban myth.

You should get into the habit of having regular, routine sexual health check ups. Being a woman, this should also include a PAP smear at least once every couple years. Think of it like going to the dentist. You might floss and brush every day and you might not have a toothache, but you get regular check ups anyway. It's what responsible adults do to protect their health.

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. 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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Re: Worried,What are the possibilities of infection (short and simple story)
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2012, 08:24:09 AM »
Okay,thank you

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On average how long does it take a viral load to become high
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2012, 06:11:54 PM »
That's it,Didn't know where else to put this question btw.Sorry if it's wrong
« Last Edit: September 26, 2012, 06:18:31 PM by allyyoung »

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Re: Worried,What are the possibilities of infection (short and simple story)
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2012, 06:39:27 AM »
Ally,

You posted your last question in a forum where you are not permitted to post, so it was moved into your thread here. Please make sure you read this forum's Welcome Thread and abide by our posting rules. Thank you for your cooperation.



There's no one answer to your question about viral loads, because everyone is different.

Generally, a newly infected person's viral load (VL) will go very high, often into the millions, within a couple weeks of infection. It will start to come down gradually within three to six months, sometimes a year, as the body learns how to deal with the new invader.

Many people can then plateau around 20,000 - 50,000 for years (in the absence of treatment) before it begins to rise again. How many years a person can remain on this plateau varies widely (from 0 to 20 or more years, with the average being 5 to 10), hence there being no one answer to your question.

Also, there are some people whose bodies can control the virus on its own without meds and these people can have an undetectable VL - or at least a very low one, such as around 5,000ish. They are called long-term non-progressors (LTNP) and those who can maintain an undetectable VL are usually called elite controllers.

But this is all academic where you're concerned. From what you describe of your sex life so far, you're highly unlikely to have hiv.

As I said to you yesterday, you did what you needed to do in order to protect yourself against hiv - you made sure your partner was wearing a condom for vaginal intercourse (or anal!). That's all you need to do. It really is that simple!

Ann
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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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