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Offline leftycoast

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Fingered in Bath House
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:16:21 PM »
Question about risk level.

I went to a bath house, Steamworks in Berkeley. Inside, I did not have oral or anal sex. I only masturbated myself. This was with other men around and they were touching me. The most genital contact would have been a hand on my balls. One man's mouth was licking around my stomach (no genital contact). While this was happening, a man behind me put his finger against my anus. It was there for a few seconds rubbing but didn't penetrate. I moved his hand away.

That was on a Sunday. By Thursday I had a sore throat and by Friday I had swollen lymph nodes. For the next two nights I had night sweats and a fever. On Saturday I went to a doctor, had a swab done for strep, and it came back positive. I was put on antibiotics and was feeling fine by Monday evening.

My questions:

I know that what I did was very low risk, but was HIV transmission still possible? Chances are higher of men being infected given the environment. I did not have any open wounds that I'm aware of, including anus.

Could my later symptoms have been ARS? I've tried to find out if confirmation of a bacterial infection rules out a viral cause, ie could the strep have occurred due to lowered immunity of ARS?

I took an OraQuick test at day 40 (two days shy of six weeks) and it came back negative. I'm confident that I used it correctly.

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Re: Fingered in Bath House
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2013, 10:29:45 PM »
You did not have a low risk , it was no risk .

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: Fingered in Bath House
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2013, 10:41:30 PM »
Thanks for your response. Although I thought I was informed on HIV/AIDS, I had never heard of ARS until recently. To get the symptoms I had shortly after having an experience where the environment (though apparently not the actions) runs a potentially higher health risk, it had given me a bit of worry. It gave me a lot of "What if..." thoughts. Appreciate you putting them to rest.

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Re: Fingered in Bath House
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2013, 10:45:25 PM »
You are welcome .

 


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