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Offline Gappione

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Possible HIV exposure
« on: February 24, 2023, 06:41:29 am »
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.

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Re: Possible HIV exposure
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2023, 06:56:25 am »
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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.

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.

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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.

Not an HIV risk to you.

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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.

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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Re: Possible HIV exposure
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2023, 02:45:35 pm »
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.

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Re: Possible HIV exposure
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2023, 03:19:22 pm »
Your left testicle and right arm could fall off, you didn't acquire HIV from the encounter posted here.

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Given these circumstances, is my situation still at no risk for HIV?

When we give an assessment about activities people post here, we have already considered all these possible conditions and "what ifs" before answering. 

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I am aware that if the infected person got HIV recently the chances to pass HIV are increased.

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.

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The same applies if she has some other STI.

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.

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Re: Possible HIV exposure
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2024, 08:47:05 am »
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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Re: Possible HIV exposure
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2024, 09:21:28 am »
there was no risk of HIV transmission.

HIV is fragile and limited in the way it is acquired sexually. HIV is mainly transmitted through unprotected anal/vaginal sex or sharing injection needles. HIV is acquired within the confines of the human body. Exposed outside the body, the receptors needed to infect are corroded due to changes in air, temperature, etc.

this incident wasn't a risk.

FYI an actual HIV infection does not always come with any symptoms and sometimes those symptoms won't happen for months. If you're going to worry about "symptoms" after having sex, you may want to use PrEP as an extra precaution

Have a great day,
Michael

Reducing Your HIV risks:
With no exceptions, use condoms correctly and consistently for anal or vaginal intercourse
Talk to a healthcare provider about PrEP as another layer of protection

Get tested yearly for HIV and other STIs.
If you donít use condoms and/or PrEP, test more frequently

Some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other more easily acquired STIs. It is possible to show no signs or symptoms from an STI so testing is the only way to know.

Get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Whatís the ONLY way to know if youíve been infected by HIV or an STI?
Get tested.


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Re: Possible HIV exposure
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2024, 02:55:33 pm »
Consider yourself warned

https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=220.0

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