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« on: February 26, 2014, 10:56:24 AM »
27 year old male here. My last risky behavior was about 26 days ago with a sex worker. A condom was used for vaginal penetration but I also had unprotected oral sex with her. I also previously had sexual relations with about 4 more female sex workers from December to January, the same amount of protection being used for every encounter (protection for vaginal sex, no protection for oral sex). Also to note is an eczema rash at the base of my penis that presents an open wound for vaginal fluids to make contact with. I also penetrated their vagina with one of my fingers which had a cut on it.

Just about 10 days ago I had the worst headache ever, dark spots appearing on only my left and right arm, nausea and various stomach ailments, muscle aches and scaly skin over various parts of my body accompanied with some rashes.

I just had a OraSure test done 20 days after my last exposure and it came back negative. However, the symptoms I have described still persist.

What are the chances that the OraSure test is not conclusive? Could I have contracted HIV from vaginal fluids entering the open wound at the base of my penis? How about contracting HIV from fingering the girl with a cut on my finger? Is there still a high chance that I may have contracted HIV?

Your assistance and knowledge would help greatly!
« Last Edit: February 26, 2014, 11:03:46 AM by anynomous »

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Re: Need advice
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 11:10:00 AM »
27 year old male here. My last risky behavior was about 26 days ago with a sex worker. A condom was used for vaginal penetration but I also had unprotected oral sex with her. I also previously had sexual relations with about 4 more female sex workers from December to January, the same amount of protection being used for every encounter (protection for vaginal sex, no protection for oral sex). Also to note is an eczema rash at the base of my penis that presents an open wound for vaginal fluids to make contact with. I also penetrated their vagina with one of my fingers which had a cut on it.

Just about 10 days ago I had the worst headache ever, dark spots appearing on only my left and right arm, nausea and various stomach ailments, muscle aches and scaly skin over various parts of my body accompanied with some rashes.

I just had a OraSure test done 20 days after my last exposure and it came back negative. However, the symptoms I have described still persist.

What are the chances that the OraSure test is not conclusive? Could I have contracted HIV from vaginal fluids entering the open wound at the base of my penis? How about contracting HIV from fingering the girl with a cut on my finger? Is there still a high chance that I may have contracted HIV?

Your assistance and knowledge would help greatly!
You never had an exposure in any of the situations provided.

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Re: Need advice
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014, 11:12:47 AM »
The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. Most who are infected will test positive by 6 weeks. For various reasons a small number will take longer and that is why we follow the CDC recommendation to test at 3 months for a conclusive negative result.

You have not had a risk for HIV in this incident ...

The risk factors for sexually transmitted HIV are unprotected vaginal and anal sex . You have consistently used condoms so you have not had a risk for HIV . The vaginal secretions a woman makes when excited is not infectious for HIV . If HIV is present it resides deep in the vagina near the cervix in a mucosa . This is why condoms are so successful in preventing HIV . HIV is far to fragile to pose a risk once it leaves the confines of the human body so you need to worry about being infected in this manner .

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!

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Re: Need advice
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2014, 11:16:23 AM »
Thanks so much for your input, Jeff and RapidRod. Your advice takes the anxiety off me, and I will definitely take your advice and test myself at 6 weeks and 3 months.

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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2014, 11:21:50 AM »
Thanks so much for your input, Jeff and RapidRod. Your advice takes the anxiety off me, and I will definitely take your advice and test myself at 6 weeks and 3 months.

You are welcome . I did not want to leave you with the impression that you must test for this specific incident but if you want to test for peace of mind or its time for your checkup then go ahead and test, it certainly can not hurt .

No need to reply to this so you can save your last post for another time .

 


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