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Title: HIV Risk? Anxiety.
Post by: BRARB95 on September 13, 2022, 11:59:25 am
Hi All,

I would just like to start out by saying thank you for providing this resource, it is very informative.

Last Wednesday I had protected oral sex with an SW. I also sucked her toes. During this time she may have touched and rubbed her vagina and then touched my penis which could have been condomless as there was a period of switching over the condom. All in all, oral was protected to the best of my knowledge. After we were chatting and she mentioned she recently had a low white blood cell diagnosis, this immediately raised my anxiety. Come Friday I started to feel unwell and on Saturday I developed a flu like illness. A raised temperature, cough, mucus, achiness and sweating. This added to my raised anxiety as I have convinced myself it could be someway HIV related. Apologies if this question has been asked a million times, I appreciate your patience in the matter. I'm starting to feel better after 4 days of flu like symptoms and would like to get your input if this would constitute a HIV risk and should I test at the 4 week mark.

Many thanks in advance.
Title: Re: HIV Risk? Anxiety.
Post by: Jim Allen on September 13, 2022, 12:18:01 pm
Hiya,

Sucking her toes isn't an HIV risk, also receiving a blowjob even without a condom lacks the conditions required for acquiring HIV; thus, it makes sense that after nearly 40 years of this pandemic in terms of BJs, there hasn't been a single documented case of HIV transmission to an insertive partner (the person being "sucked"), and you will not be the worlds first.

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During this time she may have touched and rubbed her vagina and then touched my penis which could have been condomless

Zero HIV risk to you.

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After we were chatting and she mentioned she recently had a low white blood cell diagnosis, this immediately raised my anxiety.

Irrelevant

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Come Friday I started to feel unwell and on Saturday I developed a flu like illness. A raised temperature, cough, mucus, achiness and sweating.

Nothing to do with HIV from the encounter with the sex worker you had on Wednesday.

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Many thanks in advance.

You did not acquire HIV from the encounter posted here that much is certain. Move on with your life.

 Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
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, and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Title: Re: HIV Risk? Anxiety.
Post by: BRARB95 on September 13, 2022, 12:29:58 pm
Thanks for your swift response, Jim. I appreciate you taking the time to come back to me.

Best wishes.
Title: Re: HIV Risk? Anxiety.
Post by: Jim Allen on September 13, 2022, 12:31:25 pm
You're welcome.
Title: Re: HIV Risk? Anxiety.
Post by: BRARB95 on September 13, 2022, 01:12:08 pm
Hi Jim,

Apologies as I should have asked this before. Out of interest, how long does it usually take for HIV symptoms or “illness” to develop post exposure? I was reading online that its usually a minimum of 1-2 weeks, however, some state it can be as early as 2/3 days? You’ve eased my nerves about my exposure, once again thanks. This is purely for my own knowledge to be better educated about the topic.

Many thanks.
Title: Re: HIV Risk? Anxiety.
Post by: Jim Allen on September 13, 2022, 01:59:20 pm
Most people will experience no symptoms or nothing noticeable, and it takes HIV the better part of a week to infect, let alone for symptoms, if any, to occur.

I wish it were different, and something happened; the why is a long story, but in short, I wish this because we still have nearly half of people still testing HIV positive with AIDS (late stage HIV) instead of early on.

However, you could have told me your penis, and right testicle had fallen off, and as sad as that might be for you, it would not change that you didn't acquire HIV from the activities mentioned with the sex worker.   ;)

Move on with your life, stop reading irrelevant rubbish online, use condoms and test out of routine yearly for HIV & STIs.