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HIV Paranoia and OCD.. Help
« on: June 07, 2024, 11:45:05 pm »
Hello, Iíve been paranoid and have been having ocd about HIV for years now, but lately it has been very bad off and on. There has been a few things that have been bothering me lately and I need some closure on these scenarios. Iím a heterosexual male, 32 years old

1.) On April 26th of this year I was nicked by my barber with the straight razor. It wasnít a bad nick but was some minor bleeding by my beard. I had gotten paranoid about him possibly forgetting to change the straight razor that day and possibly cutting me with a dirty razor and infecting me with HIV. Is that possible? Iíve been pretty anxious to test after 6 weeks from that incident.

2.) Just 3 days ago on June 4th, I had received oral sex from this woman that I just met off of this dating site. She is a heavy smoker and I had noticed one of her teeth looked mildly decayed and her gums didnít look in the best shape. I think she had some missing teeth in the back. I was worried about possibly her gums or teeth bleeding onto my penis, even though I didnít see any blood, cuts or scrapes. I do realize that oral sex, especially on the receiving end is practically no risk at all. But with her mouth condition, would that make any difference and increase risk? She did tell me that she is completely clean from all STDís.

3.) Today I was at the gym using a machine. My legs tend to get itchy at random times, so I had kept reaching down to itch my leg kind of hard 3-4 seconds after I completed my sets on the machine. My concern is that if it is possible to transmit HIV from my hands touching the gym machine handle to my fresh small bleeding open cut on my leg 3-4 seconds after touching the machine handle? Should I test for HIV soon to have some piece of mind, or are the situations are no risk for testing? All of these things have been bothering me lately and I really need some closure.

  -Thank you



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Re: HIV Paranoia and OCD.. Help
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2024, 05:47:40 am »
Hiya.

I have read your post three times, including the "what ifs" with great care.
There was no HIV risk from these situations, 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 and get vaccinated against HPV, Hepatitis A & B.

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

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Re: HIV Paranoia and OCD.. Help
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2024, 10:38:12 am »
Thanks a lot Jim. I am going to move on. Some of it is just ocd and irrational thoughts. A couple small other things I had forgot to mention. So about 2 weeks after the barber incident, I had developed a mild sore throat which lasted for 10-12 hours and then my body temperature was slightly elevated from 99.1-99.8 at its highest and it kept going up and down each time I checked every 1-5 minutes for a little while. That only lasted for about 12 hours. My anxiety was extremely high. The last thing was that I developed either a lymph node or cist on my jawline that was moveable and could pull along with the skin. That took 2 weeks to fully go away. I was afraid of Ars but Iím aware that stress also plays a role and other viruses that are going around.

And for the incident last night at the gym. It was almost immediately that I touched my small open cut with blood with my hands right after I had touched the gym handle. Maybe 1 second. It wasnít 3-4 seconds. Sorry if this is a lot. Thanks a lot Jim.

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2024, 10:45:15 am »
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So about 2 weeks after the barber incident, I had developed a mild sore throat which lasted for 10-12 hours and then my body temperature was slightly elevated from 99.1-99.8 at its highest and it kept going up and down each time I checked every 1-5 minutes for a little while. That only lasted for about 12 hours. My anxiety was extremely high. The last thing was that I developed either a lymph node or cist on my jawline that was moveable and could pull along with the skin. That took 2 weeks to fully go away. I was afraid of Ars but Iím aware that stress also plays a role and other viruses that are going around

Your left leg and testicle could fall off but it's not related to HIV from the barber as that wasn't an HIV risk.



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And for the incident last night at the gym. It was almost immediately that I touched my small open cut with blood with my hands right after I had touched the gym handle. Maybe 1 second. It wasnít 3-4 seconds
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Makes no difference whatsoever.

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Re: HIV Paranoia and OCD.. Help
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2024, 12:40:11 pm »
Thanks, that really helps. One other question. (Do not mean to be a pest) But would it matter if her mouth was dry and possibly lacked some Saliva? She was a heavy pot and cigarette smoker and said she had cotton mouth (dry mouth) at the time. But I did still feel some saliva. Iím just curious to know. Thank you.

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2024, 02:23:26 pm »
It makes no difference.

Receiving a blowjob lacks the conditions required for acquiring HIV; thus, it makes sense that after 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.

You got a blowjob, move on with your life.
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2024, 06:04:25 pm »
Hello. Hate to be back again after a few days, but Iím fighting my HIV phobia and ocd as hard as I can until I get tested again in September for my annual physical. At work last night, I dug into my bookbag and felt a hard poke on my index finger. Nothing super painful but I got worried (even though itís my own backpack) either my screwdriver poked me or something else. Then I looked and saw a very thin hairline scratch with no blood on my finger.

So this morning I had to use my screwdriver again and a couple of times it had accidentally rubbed and grazed on my hairline scratch. Looks like the skin was starting to split but it also looks like it could have been there for a few days at the same time. But Iím worried about the head of the screwdriver grazing over it a couple times when I was messing with it. Iím still trying to learn about inanimate objects and HIV. I only use the screwdriver and sometimes my coworkers borrow the screwdriver as well.

Could that put me at risk for HIV or Hep C since the screwdriver head touched and grazed my small hairline scratch on my finger? And is it possible to contract HIV from a tool like a screwdriver in my situation, if not much worse? Iíve always been paranoid about sharp objects poking me.

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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2024, 06:38:01 pm »
Zero HIV risk
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2024, 06:49:43 pm »
Okay thanks. I was just curious since it had touched and rubbed the scratch a couple of times for about 1 second.

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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2024, 07:00:05 pm »
You're welcome, it's zero HIV risk.

The only way to acquire HIV from a sharp object outside of an occupational setting would be if you had been sharing syringes to inject drugs.

Accidental contact with any sharp objects including needles in the community setting isn't an HIV risk.



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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2024, 07:06:35 pm »
We provide HIV risk assessments & education and nothing we say is going to assist you long term. I presume you are working with a psychiatrist, keep working with them and if you don't have a psychiatrist consider seeing one.

I wish you well but please don't post about contact with objects again. Thank you
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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2024, 05:30:00 pm »
Youíre right. I am working on speaking with one asap. This page has educated me on how HIV is truly transmitted. For years I have assumed some of the ways that I had mentioned could possibly be a risk, but obviously theyíre not now that Iím more educated. I do apologize for the excesses questions that seem extra. I truly needed to know and wasnít 100% sure at that moment.

I do have one slight concern, but more of just out of curiosity. I do understand that you cannot get HIV from receiving a hand job. But is there an increased risk if there is a good size open wound/abrasion on the penis from a rough hand job, and say if the persons hands were not clean and had blood from either there own cut on hands or from the environment? I was hanging out with a woman that Iíve known for a while a few days ago & she masturbated me to hard and when I got home I realized the friction and dry skin caused a big open scrape/cut. She is clean and she is also very paranoid of STDís but Iím just genuinely curious. Thank you

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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2024, 06:14:07 pm »
It's not an HIV risk.

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« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2024, 04:40:58 pm »
Hey Jim, I have been getting better with it. I have learned quite a bit over theee months. So I know that insertive oral sex is not a risk for HIV.. but I went and got tested a couple of days ago which was on the 6th week (43rd) day after the oral sex incident. I went and got tested only because I havenít been tested in over 4 months anyways and itís for piece of mind. I went to a STD clinic nearby and they did a 2nd gen Rapid HIV test along with rapid Syphillis and rapid Hep C test. All came back negative.

The question that I have which is just out of curiosity is, can being dehydrated possibly interfere with a HIV test accuracy letís just say in general? They took my blood from my finger with no issue for the HIV test and Hep C test, but for the Syphillis test, it required a lot more blood from my finger and the guy pricked my right finger and not enough blood was coming out and he said that is from dehydration, which I was dehydrated. So he pricked my left finger instead. Iím just curious to know, thank you.

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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2024, 05:00:06 pm »
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ím fighting my HIV phobia and ocd as hard as I can until I get tested again in September for my annual physical.



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So I know that insertive oral sex is not a risk for HIV.. but I went and got tested a couple of days ago which was on the 6th week (43rd) day after the oral sex incident. I went and got tested only because I havenít been tested in over 4 months anyways and itís for piece of mind.

I'm not buying it. It's July, not September and you did not need testing, you just ran out and got tested for no reason and with the wrong test given the time frame even if it was a risk (it was not a risk, so that's good) and this isn't going to resolve your issues, you need a psychiatrist.

Anyhow being somewhat dehydrated or not makes no difference. Please don't post about this again, thank you.
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