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Jeff G:
I would not recommend unprotected sex to any individual who is not in a mutually monogamous relationship period .

You didn't have a risk for HIV in the situation you describe but its ultimately up to you how comfortable you are with the risk of exposing your girlfriend to a host of other STD's . We deal with HIV assessments here so we only focus on that aspect but you asked and I provided my thoughts on the matter .

I will repeat this helpful information ... 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!


I need your advice.  I performed unprotected oral sex on a man on August 22, 2014.  After the brief encounter he told me he was HIV+. 

The act lasted maybe a minute or so, and he did not ejaculate in my mouth.  There might have been some precum which I swallowed. He also said his viral load is undetectable; I have no reason to doubt him in this regard.  I might add that my gums and mouth are healthy (or so my dentist tells me).

I did test one week after the encounter (negative).  I know that's useless, but I was going crazy.  I have had a very slight sore throat and some muscle aches (which came about a week apart) fever, rashes, diarrhea or vomiting.

Was this a risky act, low risk act or virtually zero risk act (the latter akin to being struck by lightening)?  Should I test at the 6 and 12 week mark?

Thanks so much.  I am worried sick about this.

Andy Velez:
Krishnan, nothing except sex with your own hand is 100% safe. But we know from decades of experience in the epidemic that the only confirmed risks sexually are unprotected vaginal and anal intercourse.

With regard to giving oral sex, your saliva has over a dozen elements and proteins which very effectively prevent the transmission of viable HIV. Sure if you had a gaping and bleeding wound in your mouth there could be some risk, but then that is not likely to be the circumstance when you would be giving oral to someone.

You are worrying neeedlessly. There is no need for testing unless strictly for your peace of mind you want to do it and collect the inevitable negative result. Get on with your life.

Thanks Andy.

What do you make of my ARS symptoms.

And would you say my risk was no risk or super low negligible risk.


Jeff G:
Your symptoms are not specific to HIV and since you never had a risk its safe to say that they are not ARS symptoms . If you are sick go see your doctor and find out whats wrong .


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