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Author Topic: Very concerned (but maybe irrationally so??)  (Read 1138 times)

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Very concerned (but maybe irrationally so??)
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:12:29 AM »
Warning: I'm going to reveal intimate details of a sexual encounter. I hope I don't gross you out.

About two and a half months ago I experimented with gay sex. I had an encounter with the same guy twice, and overall I found the experience interesting to say the least. However, it just recently occurred to me that our first encounter might not have been entirely safe. We used a condom. I was the bottom ...however, he didn't have any lube and he used his saliva as lube. He kept spitting into my ass. The anal penetration wasn't successful for lack of lube (we used that the second time more successfully  ;) ) however, on that first encounter, we did make a good try of it. Later on when I got home I realized there might have been some slight tearing (I tested it by applying toilet paper to that region and I saw speckles of blood on the toilet paper.)

My concern: If the gentlemen was HIV positive, could I have become infected by his saliva entering my blood stream?

I don't know if he was HIV neg or not. I asked him and he said he said no, and that he got tested every three months. But on our second encounter he mentioned something about how it really depends on your diet and stuff... ???

Anyway, months after this I started freaking out because about four weeks later I came down with flu-like symptoms...


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Re: Very concerned (but maybe irrationally so??)
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2013, 01:23:32 AM »
Saliva isn't infectious for HIV , it just so happens that saliva actually has proteins and enzymes that damages HIV and renders it unable to infect .

The anal sex was protected with a condom so again , you did not Have a risk .

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.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED HIV TESTING AT THIS TIME for this 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: Very concerned (but maybe irrationally so??)
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2013, 01:28:34 AM »
I actually don't engage in much sexual activity. However, I'm so freaked out that I scheduled an appointment with my doctor for an HIV test. I am a pretty anxious person overall.


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Re: Very concerned (but maybe irrationally so??)
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2013, 01:37:43 AM »
I actually don't engage in much sexual activity. However, I'm so freaked out that I scheduled an appointment with my doctor for an HIV test. I am a pretty anxious person overall.



I am very sorry you are anxious - which in this particular case is completely unfounded. YOu can absolutely NOT get HIV through saliva. Saliva contains over a DOZEN identified elements which render HIV inert and unable to infect.

"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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Re: Very concerned (but maybe irrationally so??)
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2013, 01:40:51 AM »
I actually don't engage in much sexual activity. However, I'm so freaked out that I scheduled an appointment with my doctor for an HIV test. I am a pretty anxious person overall.



You can rest assured that you didn't have a risk for the incident you are concerned about , however if you feel its time for your sexual health check up that's always a good thing . I just didn't want to give you the impression that there was anything in your circumstance that warrants testing . Best of luck . 

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Re: Very concerned (but maybe irrationally so??)
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2013, 01:42:24 AM »
Thank you gentlemen you have eased my mind.  :)

 


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