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Please help!! I think Im infected with HIV!!
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:32:14 PM »
Hello I had intercourse with a male and I am also a male and we did use condoms and I was the bottom. The thing that has me worried is that as we were having intercourse i noticed that the condom was slipping down and was only covering half his penis. Is this a risk? Also one condom slipped as he withdrew from me and it was hanging out of me and we removed it. Is this also a risk? I have been having throbbing in the back of my head for about 4-5 weeks already and this started 1 week after exposure. Also my stomach has been rumbling for about 4-5 weeks and this started 3 days after exposure. All this has me really worried and I made him test with an oraquick and he tested negative but it could be that he is seroconverting. I tested negative with an hiv architect duo combo antigen/antibody test at 3 weeks and the nurse said this was a really good indicator and very unlikely to change at 12 weeks. Im really scared, can anyone tell me if I had a risk and if this test is a good indicator at 3 weeks as I have heard that it is almost conclusive at 4 weeks.

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Re: Please help!! I think Im infected with HIV!!
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2013, 09:40:47 PM »
You did not have a risk for HIV, the insertive sex was protected . As long as the condom is covering the tip of the penis all is good . Sliding out of a condom in the manner you describe is not a risk because the reservoir  and condom is still intact .

Your symptoms are not specific to HIV and could be from many other things and that's why we do not discuss symptoms .

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 STDs 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: Please help!! I think Im infected with HIV!!
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2013, 09:58:46 PM »
yes the condom was always covering his head of the penis and can you tell me why you say that if the head of the penis is covered then all is good? I am just really worried and i checked the condoms after and they were all intact. Can you also tell me if the HIV Architect duo is quite reliable at 3 weeks and would you consider my exposure a high risk exposure or a low risk exposure?

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Re: Please help!! I think Im infected with HIV!!
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2013, 10:16:17 PM »
yes the condom was always covering his head of the penis and can you tell me why you say that if the head of the penis is covered then all is good? I am just really worried and i checked the condoms after and they were all intact. Can you also tell me if the HIV Architect duo is quite reliable at 3 weeks and would you consider my exposure a high risk exposure or a low risk exposure?

You did not have an exposure because the condom was intact and his penis and fluids did not enter you unprotected . You did not have a low risk you had no risk and do not need to test for this specific incident . The test you took is good and accurate but if you insist on testing for peace of mind only for this no risk incident you can do so at the appropriate time .

The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. Most who are infected will test positive by 6 weeks. For various reasons a small number will take longer and that is why we follow the CDC recommendation to test at 3 months for a conclusive negative result.

The earliest you should test is 6 weeks if you want to go by the CDC guidelines .

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Re: Please help!! I think Im infected with HIV!!
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2013, 10:35:27 PM »
I understand cdc guidelines and I will just test again with an oraquick at the 3 month mark. Th nurse told me that the 4th generation duo combo detects almost all positive individuals between 2-3 weeks and as i took it at 3 weeks and was nonreactive, she told me she has never seen anybody test negative at this time and then test positive at the 12 week mark because that test is so good. Do you agree that this test is that good as I have been looking for a second opinion on this particular test. However, i do understand cdc guidelines and i do respect and will abide by them. Thank you very much Jeff for your help with my situation. Would you suggest that I start having sex with my girlfriend as I have been avoiding having sex with her because of my situation and wouldn't want to put her at any risk. We always use condoms but even then i am still worried.

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Re: Please help!! I think Im infected with HIV!!
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2013, 10:54:48 PM »
The test you took is good and accurate and as you stated, it must be confirmed at 3 months anyway so its totally unnecessary to take it . There are no shortcuts to HIV testing at this time.

If you are std free then you can continue to have sex with whoever you want to .
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 STDs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

 


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