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Author Topic: high risk exposure - question about ars and std transmission  (Read 1159 times)

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high risk exposure - question about ars and std transmission
« on: October 28, 2013, 01:32:45 AM »
Hi all

First and foremost, allow me to begin by outlining that I understand it is impossible to diagnose hiv through symptoms. I intend on having a test at the relevant time frames.

However, I am curious about the symptoms of ars as they often appear to be very generic/hard to find specific detail on.

My risk, I picked up a Japanese girl at a bar in Tokyo 9 days ago. I was drunk out of my mind, we had unprotected vaginal sex twice. May have had unprotected anal (I don't think we did but it's a possibility as I passed out and when I woke up we were having sex from behind but I was too drunk to know how). Absolute moron I know.

I have a couple of questions based on how I have felt physically the last day or two and also just because I'm interested.

1) does the ars sore throat feel like a normal sore throat? That is, I have had a sore throat the last 2 days, it started at the back of my throat on the right side, cleared up and is now painful on the left side. However, i have also had pain on the outside of my throat/neck - next to my Adams apple is very painful to touch. Is that common or is it more just the back of the throat being red/painful?

(not sure whether it is appropriate to ask the next few questions here, so won't be offended if they go unanswered)

2) my next question relates to other stds affecting the throat.  How long after oral sex do oral stds show up generally and is their transmission common?

3) it's widely known that someone who has both hiv and other stds can be more infectious. Considering this, is it possible to catch either one or the other (hiv or another std) but not both if this is the case?

4) is it possible to catch an oral std ie gonnorea or chlamydia etc and not catch it so that it affects your genitals?

5) lastly, if you catch an oral std does/can it transit to your genitals?

Thank you in advance, as I stated above I'm not here to gain confirmation/diagnosis as I know this can only happen through testing. I am only here to get some further information on areas i have been having difficulty finding.

Cheers
Idiotabroadd

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Re: high risk exposure - question about ars and std transmission
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2013, 02:30:42 AM »
Hello!

I will take a stab at responding to your questions but I must first tell you the obvious:

You did have a risk and you do need to test. A test result at six weeks is considered all but definitive - but a three month test is still a global standard. It also happens to be the testing window for syphilis, so getting a full STD panel might be a great idea.

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1) does the ars sore throat feel like a normal sore throat? That is, I have had a sore throat the last 2 days, it started at the back of my throat on the right side, cleared up and is now painful on the left side. However, i have also had pain on the outside of my throat/neck - next to my Adams apple is very painful to touch. Is that common or is it more just the back of the throat being red/painful?


ARS symptoms vary so widely from one person. on instance to the other that you simply can't begin to diagnose or ATTEMPT to find a correlation in any but the most extreme circumstances (very high fever, pronounced torso rash, and the like). So there is no answer to that question, and likely will never be.

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2) my next question relates to other stds affecting the throat.  How long after oral sex do oral stds show up generally and is their transmission common?


Though we are NOT a general STD site, I can tell you that symptoms of oral STDs can appear within days, or not appear AT ALL.

And even if YOU are asymptomatic, you will still be able to transmit these diseases to others. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure.

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3) it's widely known that someone who has both hiv and other stds can be more infectious. Considering this, is it possible to catch either one or the other (hiv or another std) but not both if this is the case?


That widely held notion is awfully vague. Any disease (like syphilis, for example) that causes lesions will also bring an abundance of CD4 cells to the surface of the body. In addition those same lesions present openings where a high viral load can come into contact more efficiently with responding tissue.

There is some evidence that even simple inflammation can do this, such as the circumstances found in gonorrhea or chlamydia.

Inasmuch as HIV is far less robust and far less infectious than other STDs, it is entirely possible to get, say, chlamydia from an HIV positive person and not contract HIV. And vice-versa, all things considered.

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4) is it possible to catch an oral std ie gonnorea or chlamydia etc and not catch it so that it affects your genitals?


This is something about which another moderator can inform me. I have not found evidence either way this evening.  In my defense, I am doing this on a tablet as my laptop is missing a damaged drive and my search options are limited. Same gos for your second question.

Both are excellent questions, and though they have nothing to do with HIV, I for one am happy to let someone else authorized to post on this board enlighten me.

However, this all goes back to the simple fact that yes, you did have a risk for HIV infection and yes, you need to be tested.

I won't bore you with the condom lecture or the Having Sex While Hammered lecture. I am pretty sure you are doing those on your own.

Please use your next two free posts wisely - and I sincerely hope you use that last post to describe your negative test result at three months.


"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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