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.
April 17, 2014, 01:36:01 AM

Login with username, password and session length


Members
Stats
  • Total Posts: 619945
  • Total Topics: 46706
  • Online Today: 209
  • Online Ever: 585
  • (January 07, 2014, 02:31:47 PM)
Users Online
Users: 7
Guests: 156
Total: 163

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?" AIDSmeds 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 AIDSmeds 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 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: Worried about an encounter  (Read 668 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Probably_OverWorried

  • member
  • member
  • Posts: 2
Worried about an encounter
« on: July 04, 2013, 09:11:18 AM »
About two weeks ago I got very drunk and got an escort to come over to my hotel room.  I'm not proud - it wasnt fun and it was only a once off.

I had a shower and shaved my genital region and then we proceeded with attempted sex.

She started off giving my unprotected oral, I did the same with her, I could get hard, not that that matters I suppose.  We finished with her rubbing her vulva against my penis and testicles for about five minutes.

I noticed that I may have had either a shaving abrasion or cut, the skin was a little red.  I wasnt sure though if it was an ingrown hair, over the next couple of days it got red there and then ended up with a small whitehead which suggested a slightly ingrown hair I guess.

Two weeks later and I have developed some very slight inflammation on the lymph nodes down by my groin.  My tounsils also became a little swollen.  However since the incident I have been drinking quite heavily in the evenings so I haven’t really been looking after myself.

I have also been experiencing some muscle aches, they started in my legs and ended in my back but again this could be down to the above and a lot of stress in my life.  I have also had a very slight sore throat but this has been going on for about four days now. 

I have been having trouble sleeping for the last few days and I took a sleeping pill last night and the night before.  I noticed my mouth was very dry this morning and I had some ulcers on the tongue, but mouth dryness is a side effect of the tablets.

I was wondering if someone advise on how risky my encounter was and if I should go for a 10 day later HIV test.

Thanks
« Last Edit: July 04, 2013, 09:13:20 AM by Probably_OverWorried »

Offline Ann

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 27,947
  • It just is, OK?
    • Num is sum qui mentiar tibi?
Re: Worried about an encounter
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2013, 09:18:49 AM »
Worried,

You have not had a risk for hiv infection.

Getting a blowjob isn't a risk. Giving cunnilingus isn't a risk. Not only is saliva not infectious, but it also contains over a dozen different proteins and enzymes that damage hiv and render it unable to infect.

There have been three long-term studies of couples where one is positive and one is negative. In the couples who used condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, but no barrier for oral activities, not one of the negative partners became infected with hiv. Not one.


Rubbing genitals together without penetration is called frottage, and frottage is not a risk for hiv infection.

Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies.

Once outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect. For this reason, frottage is not a risk as it takes place OUTSIDE the body.


You do not need to specifically over this NO RISK situation.


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!

Ann


Condoms are a girl's best friend

Condom and Lube Info  



"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

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

Offline Probably_OverWorried

  • member
  • member
  • Posts: 2
Re: Worried about an encounter
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2013, 06:26:56 AM »
Hi Ann,
Thank you for your swift reply, I meant to reply sooner but I guess I got caught up in anxiousness.

I suppose a normal reaction when you think you may have done something risky is to start researching for signs and symptoms of HIV on the internet and then you start to notice them in yourself.

You start pushing your lymph nodes, which you never really toughed before and you don’t know if it is inflamed or not.  In my case (I am sure) that heavy drinking and going through a stressful time (not related to this) in my life brings out muscle aches and mouth ulcers.

Your words did comfort me and I didn’t go with the 10 day test.

I am trusting you when you say no risk, I did go to my local STD clinic for a different related matter and they tested me for everything, including HIV.  This was two weeks after the afore mentioned event.

Everything came back negative.

I have two more questions for you if you will indulge me.

1. Would an HIV test (3 month variety) have any ability to detect antibodies after two weeks.  If so what would the accuracy be?

2. Is the risk of vaginal fluid on very small cut only theoretical or is it so remote that it is impossible?

Thank you - I guess I need to stop obsessing about this and reading things on the internet.  It seems that the only source of credible information that turns up in search results  is from experts like yourself and to be honest the only source I am going to trust.

Offline Andy Velez

  • Global Moderator
  • Member
  • Posts: 23,842
Re: Worried about an encounter
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2013, 08:16:34 AM »
Two weeks after a risk (which I remind you that you did not have) would be too early for any meaningful result on an HIV test. The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. A negative result at 6 weeks is meaningful and unlikely to change to positive at 3 months, which is a conclusive testing point.

HIV is a very fragile virus. Once exposed to the air small changes in temperature and pH and moisture level render the virus non-viable. Nix on that worry scenario you are nursing about HIV through fluid on a cut.

Do yourself a great big favor and stop surfing the net. On the net you will find lots to feed your worst fears and all to no good purpose. Cut it out. It's bad for your health. 

Andy Velez

 


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.