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Gappione:
Hi,
a week ago I had an encounter with a girl I met recently. I gave her vaginal masturbation, after which I put on a condom to have vaginal intercourse. When I put on the condom my hands were still wet with vaginal secretions and I briefly touched the glans. At first, it didn't give me any particular worries, but I stopped the penetration later. I carefully removed the condom, checked for leaks using running water, and then left. For 3 days now I have had itching/discomfort at the tip of the penis and some discomfort while urinating, but there are no visible signs. I am aware that this symptomatology is incompatible with HIV, especially at this time distance from intercourse. I would like to kindly ask if there is a risk for HIV or other STIs, and how I should act on this. Thank you for your time.

Jim Allen:

--- Quote --- For 3 days now I have had itching/discomfort at the tip of the penis and some discomfort while urinating, but there are no visible signs. I am aware that this symptomatology is incompatible with HIV, especially at this time distance from intercourse.
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It has nothing to do with HIV from the intercourse a week ago. Could be a simple UTI or an easier-to-acquire STI, but see your healthcare provider and get them to check, confirm and treat it.


--- Quote ---I gave her vaginal masturbation, after which I put on a condom to have vaginal intercourse. When I put on the condom my hands were still wet with vaginal secretions and I briefly touched the glans.
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Not an HIV risk to you.


--- Quote ---At first, it didn't give me any particular worries, but I stopped the penetration later. I carefully removed the condom, checked for leaks using running water, and then left.
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Stop filling condoms with water afterwards, it's unnecessary, and they are not designed to be used that way. It could damage the condom, mistakenly leading you to think the condom was damaged during sex when you caused the damage after the intercourse by trying to "test" it with water. In short, testing the condom yourself is not a reliable way to tell you anything and a bit paranoid if you ask me.

As for the intercourse, HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. Unless a condom obviously fails during intercourse, there is no reason to be stressing or testing for HIV outside the standard yearly HIV screening.

Move on with your life.

Here's what you need to know to reduce your HIV risks:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier-acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms; testing is the only way to know.

Kind regards

Jim

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Gappione:
Good evening,
Unfortunately I am now experiencing a headache and chills. I am aware that if the infected person got HIV recently the chances to pass HIV are increased. The same applies if she has some other STI. Given these circumstances, is my situation still at no risk for HIV? I have booked an appointment with a doctor for monday, until then, I am left with is the wait. I am very worried.

Jim Allen:
Your left testicle and right arm could fall off, you didn't acquire HIV from the encounter posted here.


--- Quote ---Given these circumstances, is my situation still at no risk for HIV?
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When we give an assessment about activities people post here, we have already considered all these possible conditions and "what ifs" before answering. 


--- Quote ---I am aware that if the infected person got HIV recently the chances to pass HIV are increased.
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It's a person living with HIV, not "infected", and you are incorrect.

During the initial (acute) stages, the viral load is typically higher than in the chronic stage and is higher again during late-stage HIV (AIDS). An increased viral load tends to increase the odds of passing on HIV during an activity that already is an HIV risk. However, a higher viral load doesn't create an HIV risk when there was none to start with.


--- Quote --- The same applies if she has some other STI.
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Again that's a no. An STI "increasing" the odds of HIV transmission works like this if you have a preexisting STI causing, let's say, inflammation or open sores and you engage in an activity that is already an HIV risk such as condomless intercourse it might (slightly) increase the odds of HIV being acquired.

However, having an STI does not create an HIV risk when there was none to start with.

I wish you well, but you did not acquire HIV from the concerned encounter. Please don't post about this again, as I will consider it excessive.  Thank you.


--- Quote ---Anyone who continues to post excessively, questioning a conclusive negative result or no-risk situation, will be subject to a four week Time Out (a temporary ban from the Forums). If you continue to post excessively after one Time Out, you may be given a second Time Out which will last eight weeks. There is no third Time Out - it is a permanent ban. The purpose of a Time Out is to encourage you to seek the face-to-face help we cannot provide on this forum.
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Gappione:
Hello,
I recently fingered a woman who was on her period. What worries me is the fact that I played with her nipples (same hand) and later sucked them, making possible contact with menstrual blood in my mouth. With the same hand, I also masturbated myself and I don't recall touching the tip of the penis, but just the shaft. I also rubbed my penis on her underwear and she briefly put the tip of the penis in her mouth. I found traces of blood around the nail on the finger I used to masturbate her. After 3 weeks I have gingivitis, tonsillitis, diarrhea, and swollen neck glands. Do you consider this event to be zero-risk, considering the possible ingestion of menstrual blood?

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