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Offline Daveyowen0099

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Risk Assessment
« on: August 10, 2013, 05:15:40 AM »
Hi,

Firstly, this forum has been a great source of information. I have referred to it many times over the past few months.

I'm looking for a risk assessment based on my potential exposures as described below. From reading on the forum, I understand these are no risk activities but would like confirmation.

I tested HIV - about a year ago. Since then I've had about 12-15 sensual massages in various places (all authorized parlors) across the world. About half of them involved frottage (the lady always wearing underwear), handjob (not to completion as I do it myself), anal fingering (I was fingered twice), nipple sucking (both ways) and some kissing. At no time was there insertive vaginal or anal sex nor was there any oral sex involved.

My worry stems from the fact that three of these encounters were with ladies who were definitely csws (I know because they offered a lot more during the course of the massage). About 4 weeks after the last encounter (which was 8-10 weeks ago with only the activities described above taking place), I developed what looks like a mucocele on my lower lip. I showed it to the doctor (GP) who agreed with me and said to come back if it didn't go away in a few weeks more. She said it's fairly common. I popped it a week later but it's come back twice after that. In addition, since the last week, I've had a sore throat with pain radiating to the ear and a general feeling of malaise. I feel fine when I wake up but by the early evening I'm exhausted. Drinking alcohol / cold stuff increases the discomfort (which seems logical). Also my eyes have been itching a bit though there is no visible sign of infection (no redness etc.). Also I've noticed some pimples on my chest (3-4) but they all have a head with pus so seem fairly normal. There are no other symptoms except my anxiety :)

Could any of the activities I described above have caused me to acquire HIV? Reading on the forum suggests these are no risk activities as they fall under the realm of masturbation but I just want to be sure. Do I need HIV testing as a result of these activities?

Thanks in advance

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Re: Risk Assessment
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2013, 05:47:52 AM »
You never had an exposure.

Offline Daveyowen0099

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Re: Risk Assessment
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2013, 05:51:04 AM »
Thanks RapidRod - so no need to test correct?

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Re: Risk Assessment
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2013, 06:34:28 AM »
Dave,

As it's been over a year since your last sexual health check up, you should indeed test for ALL STIs, not just hiv. However as nothing you list here was a risk for hiv infection, you can fully expect the hiv portion of your check up to return a negative result.

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 DO NOT NEED TO TEST FOR HIV SPECIFICALLY OVER FROTTAGE, FINGERING, HANDJOBS, NIPPLE-LICKING OR KISSING, 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
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Offline Daveyowen0099

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Re: Risk Assessment
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2013, 07:01:33 AM »
Thanks Ann for the advice. Just to clarify "was your recommendation to test due to a concern that my symptoms could be related to an STI?" Or was it more of a best practice recommendation.

As a best practice I will get tested soon but do you think it's a matter or urgency?

Thanks!

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Re: Risk Assessment
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013, 07:05:32 AM »
Dave,

It was definitely a "best practice" recommendation. No rush needed.

If you feel unwell, see a doctor. It's nothing to do with hiv.

Ann
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"...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

 


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