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Risk assessment - should I test?
« on: April 18, 2013, 01:16:54 PM »
Hi there,
I'm quite confused about my situation. I had a scare recently and thankfully everything is fine. I was under the impression that I was over my fright but I had a situation which got me worried again.

I was getting intimate with a female acquaintance. No penetration was involved however there was some mutual masturbation, I'm aware that using vaginal fluid as lubricant is not a risk, correct? - this would not be a problem for me to go on with my life. However, after we were done I noticed quite a bit of blood on my fingers that I had been using on her, she was not on her period and we figured out that it was a result of my nails being quite long while i fingered her this caused a cut on the inside of her vagina.

Now I completely understand that mutual masturbation with the use of vaginal fluid as lubricant is not a risk, but could this change in this situation as it would have been mixed with fresh blood which I'm under the impression would have a higher concentration of the virus?

I would be greatful if you could explain to me if this poses a risk due to the contact of the fluid mixed with blood  to the urethra?
She did rub my urethra occasionally during the half an hour/45 minute masturbation.

I look forward to your reply, thank you 

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Re: Risk assessment - should I test?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013, 01:42:25 PM »
You didn't have a risk . HIV is a fragile virus that is instantly damaged and unable to infect when exposed to oxygen .

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED HIV TESTING AT THIS TIME, anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care checkup, 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 checkups, 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: Risk assessment - should I test?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2013, 03:22:20 PM »
Thank you for your reply, I appreciate your confidence a lot.

Just to clarify, you're saying that regardless of what the fluid is (blood, or vaginal fluid) it is completely unable to infect as soon as it comes into contact with air(I.e outside the human body)?

The reason I ask is because the contact would have been pretty instant from vagina to penis.

I actually tested negative for everything very recently, so would you say testing for this incident, assuming no other exposures, would return a negative result?

Thank you again

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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2013, 04:47:44 PM »
I have never heard of anyone that was ever infected with HIV in the manner you are concerned about and I do not think you will be the first .

The secretions in a vagina that become infected with HIV is in the mucosal tissue near the cervix , the fluid a woman produces when sexually excited comes from the Bartholin's glands, located on either side of the vaginal opening and isn't infectious for HIV .

As I already shared the blood would be rendered unable to infect as it was exposed to oxygen . HIV is acquired from penetrative sex and not in the manner that concerns you . Best of luck .   


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