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Offline ga84runner

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Exposure Bathroom Semen
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:12:12 PM »
Thanks for doing this. I have been lurking sometime and reading your responses. I understand that you guys probably get tired of answering these questions since HIV is a tiring disease. I have chronic fatigue/chronic mono so I can relate somewhat, but HIV is a much harder disease to deal with. I was in a popular burger restaurant yesterday and after one of the employees came out, I went into the restroom. I noticed what appeared to be semen on the ground and paper towels in the toilet. I spit on the ground about 2 feet from the semen puddle to compare my spit to the semen and there definitely was a difference. Two questions, if theoretically the spit had come back in my mouth after touching the ground (I think I would have noticed that though) and there was HIV positive semen on the ground, would I be at risk for HIV? Also, if the employee had semen on his hands while touching my fries, would I be at risk if he had HIV? (he had gloves on but I am not sure why I still ate there after seeing semen in the bathroom). I am having tender lymph nodes, headache,red and sore throat, and body aches but I have chronic fatigue syndrome and I have had these symptoms before but not as bad. I know this question is OCD but I can't afford any extra infections since I have viral symptoms already. I also don't think anyone would give me PEP for the situation I described unless they were batshit crazy, right? I know you guys must have a good laugh at these questions but you have to understand that having been sick for 18 months with no real diagnosis (EBV viral load negative, monospot positive) has made me a bit paranoid. I also don't ever run fevers so it is quite scary. Anyways, thanks for everything and keep doing what you are doing. Your positive attitudes is what keeps me going with my disease. Also, people say that chronic fatigue is just as bad as having HIV/AIDS but I think they are flat wrong!

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Re: Exposure Bathroom Semen
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014, 09:26:26 PM »
HIV is transmitted from the following ...
Unprotected anal and vaginal sex .
Mother to child during or shortly after childbirth .
Sharing IV drug rigs immediately after an infected person .

HIV is fragile and becomes damaged immediately once it leaves the confine of the human body and is not infectious on hands or environmental surfaces ... or French fries . 

You did not have a risk ... not by a long shot .

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 did not have a risk and do not need to test for this specific 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: Exposure Bathroom Semen
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2014, 09:41:08 PM »
Thanks, Jeff, I knew you would say that but it is just reassuring. I remember you had cancer a while back but I hope your are feeling better. Just to let all you crazy OCD people like me know, don't do DNA PCR tests over no risk situations, it is a waste of money and not FDA approved. I have done this before instead of listening to the moderators past posts to people with wasting money and time(like fear that I was infected from having blood drawn without gloves). Also, symptoms don't always equal HIV virus. OCD needs to be treated just like any other disease, it is kinda like a virus, it just won't go away on its own.

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Re: Exposure Bathroom Semen
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2014, 09:47:48 PM »
Thanks, I'm doing very well these days . I'm wishing you the best . 


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