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Worried about exposure through anal sex
« on: August 21, 2014, 11:33:03 AM »
Hi everyone. I'm worried about my risk of contracting HIV. I had protected sex with a guy whom I met online 3 weeks ago. I was the insertive top (protected). He also performed unprotected oral on me.

The next day, I went to my doctor because I was worried and started PEP about 19 hours later (Truvada/Isentress).

A couple of days ago, I was able to reach the guy again and he was nice enough to test with me. He came out HIV negative and we were both given Azythromicyn in case we had any other STIs.

What's the risk? Could he still be HIV+ and could I have been at risk of catching it? I have 1 more week left on PEP. I'm getting very worried. I'd love some reassurance please. Thank you!

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Re: Worried about exposure through anal sex
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2014, 11:41:33 AM »
You had protected sex and a doctor gave you PEP ? that's a crying shame . You never had a risk and you most certainly do not need PEP . Your partners status is irrelevant, you had protected sex so it does not matter if he has HIV or not . To answer your question, yes, if a person is in the window period they can test negative . I hesitate to even answer the question because you will now worry about his status when it does not matter any way . Never ask a person to test for HIV, the only test that matters is your own .

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 .

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: Worried about exposure through anal sex
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2014, 12:17:12 PM »
Thank you so much for your reply Jeff. I agree, I was probably at very low risk, but my anxiety got the best of me and convinced the doctor to administer PEP. Although I knew I was having safe sex, I couldn't be 100% sure.

One more quick question: I understand that PEP might extend the window period. When is the earliest I can test after PEP? My doctor asked me to come in 2 weeks after finishing the treatment. Can I do a test right after before that time?

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Re: Worried about exposure through anal sex
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2014, 12:20:24 PM »
PEP pushes the testing window period for antibody testing to 6 weeks past pep and any possible exposure, then again at 3 months to confirm it . If your doctor uses other testing methods he/she can advise you at that time .

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Re: Worried about exposure through anal sex
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2014, 12:49:53 PM »
I guess that's the downside of PEP. You have to stay anxious for a much longer time. Thanks for your help Jeff.

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Re: Worried about exposure through anal sex
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2014, 01:41:43 PM »
You do not need pep .


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