Quantcast

Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
October 01, 2014, 08:54:56 AM

Login with username, password and session length


Members
  • Total Members: 23596
  • Latest: crj18
Stats
  • Total Posts: 640661
  • Total Topics: 48665
  • Online Today: 181
  • Online Ever: 585
  • (January 07, 2014, 02:31:47 PM)
Users Online
Users: 4
Guests: 143
Total: 147

Welcome


Welcome to the POZ/AIDSmeds Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ/AIDSmeds community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Welcome to Am I Infected

IMPORTANT UPDATE
Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to the "Am I Infected?" POZ forum.

New members -- those who have posted three or fewer messages -- are permitted to post questions and responses, free of charge (make them count!). Ongoing participation in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- posting more than three questions or responses -- requires a paid subscription.

A seven-day subscription is $9.99, a 30-day subscription is $14.99 and a 90-day subscription is $24.99.

Anyone who needs to post more than three messages in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- including past, present and future POZ Forums members -- will need to subscribe, with secure payments made via PayPal.

There will be no charge to continue reading threads in the "Am I Infected?" forum, nor will there be a charge for participating in any of the Main Forums; Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits; and Off Topic Forums. Similarly, all POZ and AIDSmeds pages, including our "How is HIV Transmitted?" and "Am I Infected? (A Guide to Testing for HIV)" lessons, will remain accessible to all. 

NOTE: HIV testing questions will still need to be posted in the "Am I Infected?" forum; attempts to post HIV symptoms or testing questions in any other forums will be considered violations of our rules of membership and subject to time-outs and permanent bans.

To learn how to upgrade your Forums account to participate beyond three posts in the "Am I Infected?" Forum, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding and future support of the best online support service for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

Author Topic: probably paranoid  (Read 358 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline paranoidinSA

  • member
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
probably paranoid
« on: July 24, 2014, 08:34:38 AM »
Hi, I first just wanted to say thank you for having this forum. Reading through it has helped me learn a lot about how to protect myself from HIV. From reading through this forum, I know that I'm probably being paranoid but I have pretty bad anxiety so I figured talking to some people on here would help me relax a little.

So, I'm a male currently doing research (on HIV of all things) in Cape Town, South Africa. Five days ago, I had a one night stand with another guy and I am unsure about his HIV status. We had anal sex and I bottomed. While we had sex, he wore a condom. He asked me if he could take off the condom and I said no. I am fairly sure that he kept the condom on for the rest of time we had sex because when he pulled out to ejaculate I heard him take off the condom. After he ejaculated, I straddled him (no penetration) and ejaculated. I thought nothing of this encounter until recently when I began having night sweats and developing a sore throat. I know that symptoms don't really mean anything but the development of these symptoms after having anal sex with someone of unknown status was enough to send my mind into an anxious spiral. Right now my main 2 concerns are if somehow the condom might have broken or if when I straddled him some of his semen may have come into contact with my anus, which may have been bleeding a little since i had not bottomed in awhile prior to that time. I did see the condom afterwards and it looked in tact but I didn't have my glasses on so I may have missed small ruptures and I didn't actually touch the condom either. My hope would be that if he noticed that condom break he would have stopped, but he was also ok with not using a condom at all so I don't know if he would have done that. Do you think if the condom did break or if his semen did come into contact with my anus from straddling him that I could be at risk or are these symptoms just playing mind games with me? Thanks so much for your help!

Online Jeff G

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 11,848
  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: probably paranoid
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2014, 08:46:16 AM »
It sounds like you had protected sex and your nerves got the better of you . As long as you are using condoms correctly and consistently for anal and vaginal sex you will avoid HIV and as a sexually active person you should be having regular sexual healthcare check ups now and than any way .

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!

Offline paranoidinSA

  • member
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Re: probably paranoid
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2014, 08:59:51 AM »
Thanks for your input! I think it's just my nerves as well. Just as a general question, when a condom does break, is it generally very obvious? I know for a top it would probably start feeling different, but as a bottom would it be pretty obvious visually or maybe by hearing the condom break or should I just be checking to ensure that the condom isn't broken throughout sex? Thanks again!

Online Jeff G

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 11,848
  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: probably paranoid
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014, 09:03:25 AM »
Condoms are designed so they leave no doubt when they fail, they shred or fall apart or even break in half . 

Offline paranoidinSA

  • member
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Re: probably paranoid
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2014, 09:12:26 AM »
Ok well when I glanced over at the condom it still seemed like it was holding its shape so that is reassuring. Thanks so much for answering my questions so quickly! Definitely gave me a lot of peace of mind. I will continue to test routinely for STDs/HIV. Thanks again!

Online Jeff G

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 11,848
  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: probably paranoid
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2014, 09:24:13 AM »
You are welcome !

 


Terms of Membership for these forums
 

© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.