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Offline Worried in Germany

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HIV risks and testing recommendation
« on: April 29, 2014, 06:24:14 AM »
Dear Moderators,

I am an uncircumcised male of 35 years age. I visited a brothel in Germany about a month ago. I had sex 4 times there with different ladies. Each time oral was unprotected but vaginal intercourse was protected. The condom were provided by the ladies there. I have never experienced a condom break so I do not know what it is like. But each time I withdrew after ejaculation, I could see the condom in place and covering the penis. With this background I would request your advice for the following questions.
1. Since I had shaved my pubic area before visiting the brothel and had a few cuts from shaving, how risky would this be for unprotected fellatio?
2. Do you see a risk in the protected vaginal intercourse? As far as I can think, the condom was in place each time.
3. I have had a few health issues since then like muscle aches in the right arm, a bout of angular cheilitis, medium level sore throat and a mild burning feeling in penis. Do you see a connection of these with my experience at the brothel?
4. I understand it is advised to get tested for all STDs once a year. However, very important, do you recommend testing for HIV for this specific episode?
5.  Lastly, very important, since I am married, could I continue sex with my wife?
 
Thank you for taking the time to read my questions and looking forward to your reply, especially, for points 4 and 5.

Best regards,
Jack

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Re: HIV risks and testing recommendation
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 06:32:38 AM »
You never had an exposure.

Offline Worried in Germany

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Re: HIV risks and testing recommendation
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2014, 06:43:13 AM »
Thank you for the instant reply. I posted a similar query on MedHelp forum and got a similar reply. That relieves me a lot. But my main concerns are points 4 and 5 above. Could you kindly respond to those points?

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Re: HIV risks and testing recommendation
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2014, 08:55:32 AM »
Worried,

"1. Since I had shaved my pubic area before visiting the brothel and had a few cuts from shaving, how risky would this be for unprotected fellatio?"

Getting a blowjob is absolutely NOT a risk for hiv infection, regardless of any details. Not only is saliva not infectious, but it also contains over a dozen different proteins and enzymes that damage hiv and render it unable to infect.

"2. Do you see a risk in the protected vaginal intercourse? As far as I can think, the condom was in place each time."

No. Condoms have been proven to prevent hiv infection and if the condom had broken, it would be obvious. There have been three long-term studies of couples where one is positive and one is negative. In the couples who used condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, but no barrier for oral activities, not one of the negative partners became infected with hiv. Not one.

"3. I have had a few health issues since then like muscle aches in the right arm, a bout of angular cheilitis, medium level sore throat and a mild burning feeling in penis. Do you see a connection of these with my experience at the brothel?"

The only thing that might have anything to do with your experience at the brothel is the mild burning feeling in your penis.

While getting a blowjob is absolutely NOT a risk for hiv infection, it IS possible to pick up gonorrhea while being blown, as well as syphilis and herpes. If you're worried about these STIs, go see a doctor and get tested for them.

"4. I understand it is advised to get tested for all STDs once a year. However, very important, do you recommend testing for HIV for this specific episode?"

You do NOT need to test for hiv specifically following your brothel visit. Other STIs are much more easily transmitted and you might want to test for them.

"5.  Lastly, very important, since I am married, could I continue sex with my wife?"

If you get an all clear from your other STI testing, yes. You do not have an hiv concern.

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 DO NOT NEED TO TEST FOR HIV SPECIFICALLY FOLLOWING YOUR ACTIVITIES AT A BROTHEL, 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!

Ann
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Re: HIV risks and testing recommendation
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2014, 01:16:13 PM »
Dear Moderators,

I took the STI tests on 16 May 2014 and got back the results today. Negative for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis and HIV. I was told at the testing center that the HIV test was a antibody/p24 antigen Duo test. My last exposure was about 8 weeks ago from the day I took the test. With a Duo test for HIV, I hope that the test result was accurate at 8 weeks and I do not need a retest.

The center does not test for herpes, NGU and trichomoniasis. However, I had been on a 5-day course of Amoxicillin (1000mg twice a day) prescribed by my GP about 4 weeks back for burning sensation in penis. The feeling gradually disappeared since then.

Last but not the least, I would like to thank you for providing this outstanding forum for people like me. Had it not been for this forum and your advice, I might not have gathered the courage to take these tests. Thank you so very much for helping out innumerable people like me on this forum and for spreading the awareness.

Wish you the best.

Kind Regards.

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Re: HIV risks and testing recommendation
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2014, 02:01:54 PM »
Yes, you can take that HIV negative result as conclusive. Be happy and get on with your life.
Andy Velez

 


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