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Offline Contaworried

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Risk or coincidence
« on: July 11, 2013, 06:04:16 PM »
Hi,

I have been very worried. I recently engaged in very brief unprotected oral and protected vaginal intercourse with a club sex worker.

The vaginal intercourse is not worrying me as it was protected. However, the brief oral sex is taking my peace of mind away. By brief oral sex I mean my penis was sucked for less than 10 seconds and I also kissed her vagina (no tongue) before we engajed in any foreplay, reducing the chances that there was significant vaginal fluid.

I was ok with this event until someone joked about hiv and I realized I have never tested and this started to grow on me.

After a weekend away in a drier city than mine and spending a day in a plantation I developed a rash on my right forearm. The day the rash came along was 6 weeks and 2 days after the event with the sex worker. The rash was a single red patch (2cm long), didnt hurt or itch. When I touched it it sort of opened in a superficial wound and when I rubbed it with a towel post a shower the wound worsened and developed a crust over it until it healed.

As I was already worried about hiv I looked up rashes on the internet. I freaked out big time when I read about the acute hiv symptoms. I had soft stools and night sweats on that same week.

The rash went away on its own in less than a week as the crust fell but on the same spot (and on another part of my forearm) I developed different itchy plaques. My dermatologist gave me cream for it and it went away in 10 days). She said it looked like contact dermatitis or possibly a fungal rash. As the first rash was not there anymore she wasnt able to properly diagnose it and said it resembled an eczema or even an abrasion per my description.

Two weeks after the first rash and 8 weeks after the sex worker event I had an isolated case of diarrea. Had another one pf those after another two weeks later- 10 weeks after the incident. The night sweats only took place in the first week for 2-3 nights. I also had an aphtous ulcer in my mouth 3 weeks after the first rash and 9 weeks after the incident. A mild sore throat for a day as well. I have never had a fever.

I have been very worried about the symptoms as the rashes were very real. I would probably never worry if I had no "symptoms".

So I wanted to know what your thoughts are, especially those with more experience. Do these symptoms resemble those in ARS, especially the rash? And what of the risk of my encounter?

Thank you for your time.

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Re: Risk or coincidence
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2013, 07:07:08 PM »
Under no circumstances is this an HIV concern whatsoever. Your penetrative sex was protected, and there is NO RISK for HIV in receiving oral sex.

Saliva is not only NOT infectious, but contains over a dozen identified elements which inhibit HIV and render it inert.

Also, rashes associated with HIV do not come and go. They are a one-time thing, a by-product of your immune system producing it's initial antibodies against HIV. What you describe it not the rash SOMETIMES associated with initial HIV infection at all.

If you continue to use a condom for penetrative vaginal and anal sex you will avoid HIV. It really is that simple.

As someone who is sexually active, you should be getting twice-yearly STD panels regardless. Several STDs are more robust than HIV (which is very fragile) and can be transmitted despite the use of a condom. Though you do not need to test for HIV over this particular incident, please monitor your health so that you can take care of yourself and whomever you have sexual relations in the future.

Again, there is no HIV risk in the indecent you report.

"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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Offline Contaworried

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Re: Risk or coincidence
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2013, 11:17:06 AM »
Thank you. One last question. Today I am feeling like my urethra is irritated. Can the presence of STDs or infections (uti) change the risk of my encounter?
Thanks

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Re: Risk or coincidence
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2013, 12:16:03 PM »
Thank you. One last question. Today I am feeling like my urethra is irritated. Can the presence of STDs or infections (uti) change the risk of my encounter?
Thanks

Nope.

You might, however, get chlamydia or gonorrhea from getting a blowjob. It's not likely, but possible.

"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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