Quantcast

Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
October 01, 2014, 05:00:52 PM

Login with username, password and session length


Members
Stats
  • Total Posts: 640699
  • Total Topics: 48668
  • Online Today: 241
  • Online Ever: 585
  • (January 07, 2014, 02:31:47 PM)
Users Online

Welcome


Welcome to the POZ/AIDSmeds Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ/AIDSmeds community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Welcome to Am I Infected

IMPORTANT UPDATE
Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to the "Am I Infected?" POZ forum.

New members -- those who have posted three or fewer messages -- are permitted to post questions and responses, free of charge (make them count!). Ongoing participation in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- posting more than three questions or responses -- requires a paid subscription.

A seven-day subscription is $9.99, a 30-day subscription is $14.99 and a 90-day subscription is $24.99.

Anyone who needs to post more than three messages in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- including past, present and future POZ Forums members -- will need to subscribe, with secure payments made via PayPal.

There will be no charge to continue reading threads in the "Am I Infected?" forum, nor will there be a charge for participating in any of the Main Forums; Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits; and Off Topic Forums. Similarly, all POZ and AIDSmeds pages, including our "How is HIV Transmitted?" and "Am I Infected? (A Guide to Testing for HIV)" lessons, will remain accessible to all. 

NOTE: HIV testing questions will still need to be posted in the "Am I Infected?" forum; attempts to post HIV symptoms or testing questions in any other forums will be considered violations of our rules of membership and subject to time-outs and permanent bans.

To learn how to upgrade your Forums account to participate beyond three posts in the "Am I Infected?" Forum, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding and future support of the best online support service for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

Author Topic: How to keep calm?  (Read 886 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline svl003

  • member
  • member
  • Posts: 2
How to keep calm?
« on: June 11, 2013, 06:05:52 PM »
Hello all, just thought I'd reach out to a forum to *attempt* to control my anxiety levels while I wait for my third and final test for HIV. on 4/17 I engaged in oral sex with another guy whose HIV status I am not sure of, though he told me he gets tested regularly and I have no reason to not believe him. Then again, there are people in the world who lie about this stuff so I really don't know. He asked if I wanted to have sex and I told him no, so we didn't, also there was no ejaculation involved for either of us.

Anyways, moving forward to more recently. A couple of weeks ago I developed a small patch of bumps across the back of my hand/wrist and I immediately scratched it, causing it to turn red and very noticeable. I took this as a rash and immediately looked up what could cause it and got very nervous when HIV infection came up - I went to my doctors office and she didn't seem too concerned however tests for all STD's were run and I got my results next day from the labs; all negative. (roughly 5 weeks, 6 days post potential exposure)

I still continued to worry and sought the advice of another doctor, again who expressed very little concern both about my bumps on my hand or the experience with this other guy. The doctor told me she would send for more tests, not because she was concerned, but solely for peace of mind - this past friday I got more blood drawn and the doctor I saw requested both a standard anti-body test as well as an RNA test. I got the standard results back last night (negative) and am currently waiting for the last results. From understanding this RNA test is definitive so as you can imagine I'm very anxious.

I know oral sex is very low risk, some would say none at all and usually the rash, if associated with acute HIV infection would usually show up along side a fever and other symptoms. I've been getting headaches pretty regularly as well but I think that's more due to the current stress levels I'm experiencing.

What does everyone think? What would the likelihood of testing positive via the RNA test be after testing negative at 6 and 7.5 weeks?

I'm usually such a carefree person and this HIV scare is completely wrecking me.

Any advice?


Offline Jeff G

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 11,851
  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: How to keep calm?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 06:21:56 PM »
Oral sex isn't a risk for HIV . There are proteins and enzymes that damage HIV rendering it unable to infect . There have been no fewer than three separate serodiscordant couples studies (where one person is HIV positive, the other negative.) These couples were tracked for three. five and ten years. The couples used condoms for penetrative vaginal and anal sex, but NO BARRIER at all for oral sex. Any kind of oral sex.

These studies yielded NO infections.


Sexually , HIV is transmitted during unprotected vaginal and anal intercourse . As long as you are consistently and correctly using condoms for those two activity's you will avoid exposure to HIV , it really is that simple .

If you haven't engaged in unprotected vaginal and anal sex in the 3 months prior to your HIV test then you are HIV negative and do not need further HIV testing at this time .

The symptoms you mentioned are not specific to HIV infections so we do not discuss symptoms for that reason .

Offline jkinatl2

  • Member
  • Posts: 6,007
  • Doo. Dah. Dipp-ity.
Re: How to keep calm?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2013, 06:53:42 PM »
I just wanted to chime in and promote Moderator Jeff's message. You really are worrying unnecessarily.

If you do even the most cursory review of this site we have not classified oral sex as an appreciable risk for years and years. I wouldn't think to suggest that a person even test over it, much less worry so much.

Use a condom for penetrative anal and vginal sex, don't share IV drug needles, and you will avoid HIV. It really is that simple!

"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

Welcome Thread

Offline svl003

  • member
  • member
  • Posts: 2
Re: How to keep calm?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2014, 04:48:01 PM »
Hello all, I write to you from my dorm room where I'm currently trying not to go crazy. About 3-3.5 weeks ago I hooked up with another girl here, I didn't know at the time but have since found out she has quite the track record here (she's been around...ALOT) - before I knew this though, we proceeded to get intimate and she performed oral on me on two separate occasions. I was completely open about my past and more-so open about the fact that I have herpes type 1 on my genitals. I wouldn't be so worried about all this if it wasn't for the fact I think I had the very start of an outbreak the second time I got oral. (which can supposedly facilitate the spread of HIV)

It's now three weeks later and I've developed a sore throat, which, of course, can be read as a symptom of ARS - There is no flu, rash or any of the other symptoms so I'm not sure if I'm just overthinking this or not. I got an antibody test done at 22 days and it came back negative. I talked to her and she said she got tested in December and it was all negative. I would believe her, but then again who knows how many potential exposures she's had. I plan on getting retested at 5-6 weeks.

but for now, I really don't know what to do, I've never been this afraid in my life.

Offline RapidRod

  • Member
  • Posts: 15,288
Re: How to keep calm?
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2014, 05:05:45 PM »
The only one at risk, is you giving the girl HSV1. Oral sex isn't a risk.

Offline Jeff G

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 11,851
  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: How to keep calm?
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2014, 05:27:31 PM »
Please only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or subject matter . You can find your thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here .

You just attempted to create another account, if you do it again you will be banned permanently .

Please reread your thread . You did not have a risk .

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 did not have a risk and do not need to test for this specific incident , 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!

 


Terms of Membership for these forums
 

© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.