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Offline CarloHermosilla

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Am I infected?
« on: March 26, 2021, 01:18:23 am »
Hi POZ team,
I'm really scared. A year ago I met with a guy (which HIV status is unknown)
We were in bed, I grabbed his penis with my hand and masturbated him a little. After that, he put his face near my penis and started sniffing it. It didnt enter his mouth, but he masturbated me a little too.
Then, I asked him to wear a condom so I could do a blowjob on him. He did and I sucked him until he came inside the condom. There was no penetration of any kind.
I didnt notice any leakage, but I am still afraid somehow I could have contracted the virus. Maybe, he had the virus in his hand and he infected me when touching my penis...or via oral.
Please help me. I'm scared. I'm going to take a test tomorrow and I'm not sure what to expect.

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Re: Am I infected?
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2021, 01:30:28 am »
Hiya,

Read your post three times, what you posted here is not an HIV issue. 

As you are sexually active test out of routine for STI's and HIV at least yearly.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your health care provider about taking PrEP going forward as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

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

Kind regards

Jim

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Offline CarloHermosilla

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Re: Am I infected?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2021, 01:54:23 am »
Thanks for your quick response. It was my only risky encounter. I had a gf before and we always used condoms.
I have 3 more questions.

- I have recently received my second covid19 vaccine shot, which is made up from inactivated viruses (Sinopharm) and I am 5 days away from having the strongest antibodies. I read the HIV tests can sometimes confuse them and give false positives. What are my chances of getting a false positive tomorrow? What if I'm wrongly diagnosed for that? I'm pretty scared.

- Why do I always read that HIV can't be transmitted from hand to penis? If there was precum (even a tiny bit) wouldn't it be possible the same way it happens wuth penetration?

-Are you a doctor? I would like to know if you have all this knowledge from first-hand experiences, since posts on the internet can be inaccurate.

Thanks in advance. You are awesome :)

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2021, 02:46:10 am »
We are volunteers who are living with HIV and stay up-to-date with the latest peer studies. Unfortunately, as you point out there is plenty of nonsense or opinions online based on outdated information, sadly our experience is this does is not limited to online regarding HIV. Anyhow, so we offer this volunteer risk assessment as a public service to help educate people regarding safer sex, testing and HIV prevention.

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- Why do I always read that HIV can't be transmitted from hand to penis? If there was precum (even a tiny bit) wouldn't it be possible the same way it happens wuth penetration?

HIV transmission is always a biological event and biologically, four conditions need to be present simultaneously for HIV transmission to occur even in theory:

The virus must be present in an infectious bodily fluid from the HIV positive person, it must be present at sufficient levels to cause infection. There must be an effective route of transmission, and it must reach susceptible cells in another person.

There are multiple barriers to your concern, to start with HIV is fragile and the receptors needed to infect corrode once exposed outside the confines human body, even without that barrier there is also a need for quantity to cause infection.

In short, sexually HIV is always transmitted inside the confines of the human body for example during condomless intercourse and there are no confirmed cases of HIV being acquired through fluids on hands etc touching people.  It's also the same reasons why day to day contact with cuts, scrapes, small wounds etc do not lead to HIV being acquired.

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- I have recently received my second covid19 vaccine shot, which is made up from inactivated viruses (Sinopharm) and I am 5 days away from having the strongest antibodies. I read the HIV tests can sometimes confuse them and give false positives. What are my chances of getting a false positive tomorrow? What if I'm wrongly diagnosed for that? I'm pretty scared.

Thankfully, HIV antibodies screening tests are overly sensitive, the drawback is cross antibodies reaction can happen to other infections etc even pre-COVID.

False reactive are fairly rare though, however, it's also why a reactive screening test is not an HIV diagnosis, it simply means more specific follow-up testing is needed to rule out HIV and the testing algorithm after a reactive result would usually be an HIV-1/HIV-2 antibody differentiation immunoassay test and/or a NAT test.

Anyhow, as said use condoms for intercourse and do test regularly for HIV and far easier to acquire STIs. Aware you mentioned a past relationship but not sure if you were regularly testing, if not then it would be good to start the habit of testing at least yearly.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2021, 02:54:41 am by Jim Allen »
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Re: Am I infected?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2021, 02:53:59 am »
Thankfully, HIV antibodies screening tests are overly sensitive, the drawback is cross antibodies reaction can happen to other infections etc even pre-COVID.

False reactive are fairly rare though, however, it's also why a reactive screening test is not an HIV diagnosis, it simply means more specific follow-up testing is needed to rule out HIV and the testing algorithm after a reactive result would usually be an HIV-1/HIV-2 antibody differentiation immunoassay test and/or a NAT test.

Anyhow, as said use condoms for intercourse and do test regularly for HIV and far easier to acquire STIs. Aware you mentioned a past relationship but not sure if you were regularly testing, if not then it would be good to start the habit of testing at least yearly.

I should just add that depending on where you are in the world instead of the HIV-1/HIV-2 antibody differentiation immunoassay test and/or a NAT test they may use a WB Test (western blot) to rule out infection should you ever have a reactive screening result.
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Re: Am I infected?
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2021, 03:18:08 am »
Thanks.
Do you think my chances are good? That is the only risky encounter I've had. I know my gf is negative since I was her first time and her only couple. And we always went protected.
I will be posting my results tomorrow anyway, but I can't sleep

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2021, 04:25:07 am »
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Do you think my chances are good? That is the only risky encounter I've had

The only thing I can tell you is you did not acquire HIV from that encounter as posted here, that much is certain. It simply is not a vector for HIV transmission and your fears are misplaced. 

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I know my gf is negative since I was her first time and her only couple. And we always went protected.

First time and being in a relationship afterwards does not mean risk-free for HIV or easier to acquire STI's. If condoms were used correctly and consistently, every time, with no exceptions then HIV should not be a concern. Test tomorrow and going forward start testing routinely.
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