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Thank you, Jim. I appreciate your reply. Everything is still so new. I am just trying to understand and process this news.

My conformation testing was all done this morning, so I should have official results by the end of the week that will confirm things.

Thank you for the advice.
Am I Infected? / Re: Just need reassurance!!
« Last post by GodLover on Today at 02:37:41 PM »
Thanks a ton Jim
Am I Infected? / Re: Just need reassurance!!
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 02:21:40 PM »
Fingering is indeed no risk for HIV.

can catch any STD over this episode

Oh sure see other STI's unlike HIV are far easier to transmit, Herpes just as example during skin to sore contact or skin to skin contact during viral shredding (No HIV does not do this) or bacterial infections, as bacterial use easier routes and air is not a barrier to them.

However no need to panic over the other STI's just test as routine and at least yearly and again nothing you mentioned was a viable HIV risk.

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

Am I Infected? / Re: Just need reassurance!!
« Last post by GodLover on Today at 01:55:53 PM »
Thank you Jim, appreciate your prompt response.
Is there anyway I can catch any STD over this episode.

One thing I forgot to mention that for 10-20'seconds, I did finger her as well with no cuts at all on my finger.

I am sure this is also not going to make any difference in your answer 😊
Am I Infected? / Re: Just need reassurance!!
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 01:39:14 PM »
If what you posted is correct than you simply had no HIV risk whatsoever, as in none.

Let me put it this way after 37+ years in terms of BJ's 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 world first. Getting your penis sucked is not a HIV risk, saliva is not infectious, it also contains over a dozen elements that neutralize HIV.

Move on with your life, stop stressing over nothing

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

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.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards


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Am I Infected? / Just need reassurance!!
« Last post by GodLover on Today at 01:25:49 PM »

In past 6-7 months, I have had blowjobs from 2 different escorts (twice by same lady in 6 months and once by another lady in past 3 weeks). There was NO any other sexual encounter happened between us in both cases. I have read almost many forums on internet and got to know that getting a blowjob (insertive fellatio) is a negligible risk activity.

But just to be re-assured, I am asking first and last time in this community because I see people responding here are very confident on their research. And that is based on thorough facts and scientific reasons.

No symptoms at all till now.

Probability of me catching virus like HIV?
Any other STD?
Should I get full panel test done?

Please let me know.

Thanks and God Bless you all.
Am I Infected? / Re: Rash while taking Prep, sign of PEP failure?
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 01:04:50 PM »
You are way overthinking this.

His test will not be conclusive so until it is focus on your own results and presume he is HIV positive.  Also unless you witnessed the draw and the results being given by the lab yourself you can't verify the result (We had a few of them over the years)

Simply test when your test is due and that is the only way to know for sure what your status is.


Good news! The guy tested negative from a test he did 12 days after the unprotected sex act.

Considering that 95% of infections are caught within the first 4 weeks, there is a large chance that he is negative.

He took the antibody and p-24 antigen test, 4th generation. blood test. not rapid.

I have a swollen nymph node on the right side of my neck, and possibly the right side of my genitals. No fever. This could be me imagining and fearing "symptoms" again. The "rash" that I described earlier was examined by 3 different doctors and they told me it was not at all typical of ARS rash. It was just little red pimples or spots that have already mostly faded.

I know that the only sure way to know is to test 4 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months after PEP. But I just want to chill out about all this.

The liklihood that my recently-negative partner had sex, unprotected sex, with someone who was HIV positive, and that it transmited to him, and then to me in one exposure is very very rare. It would mean all of that must have occured between June 20th and July 6th.... 16 days (2 weeks and 2 days)... And given that he told me he is monogamous with his husband and practices safe sex otherwise is also nice to know.

The liklihood that he's in a rare 5% bracket of people who test positive later is unlikely.
The liklihood that he had sex, unprotected sex, with someone who also had HIV, and managed to pass it to him in that 16 day period before me and him had sex, is also unlikely.
The likelihood that one sexual act with him would pass it to me is unlikely. 1 in 70. or 1 in 3 if his viral load was super high (multiplies normal risk by x20) which would be unlikely because it takes 4 to 6 weeks for viral load to climb high right? and a test during high viral load / seroconversion period would test positive no?

The likelihood that this virus if it existed, would survive 2 truvada pills right after, plus a blast of PEP 5 hours after potential exposure (28 day treatment that I've never missed a dose) is highly unlikely as well. more than 82% unlikely.

And additionally, it is unlikely that these so called "symptoms" I keep imagining are even remotely similar to ARS "symptoms" and not other coincidental things. I dont have a heavy flu like seroconversion illness at all.

It seems to me that the odds are in my favor. But I wont be 100% sure until testing. The lymph node thing made me think about all this again obsessively, so I'm just gunna stop overthinking.

Anyways. I'm trying to stay reasonable about all this :) I think Im just guilty and afraid. But I should let myself relax and just do the test 4 to 6 weeks after i finish PEP.

Unfortunately the new has also been directly translated into turkish and it is being broadcasted in Turkish news as well.
Our people also cannot differentiate what the real science is and fake news. Now i have to explain what it is and have to break hopes again.

A lot of people have similar issues with news items and fact v fiction (or plain bullshit). At least the ones that misunderstand have company. Mr.Trump still struggles understanding real news and hence has alternative facts  ;D and so does most of the UK when it comes to news and the workings of the EU. 

Any illness or virus or bactrim will have a few outliers. Does it help the rest of the population? Not necessarily and presuming it will lead to something is simply shortsighted or foolish. In the case of HIV this is not a new fact or a new phenomenon despite the headlines hyping it up. 

We may learn something from such cases and perhaps something useful who know but as we have seen time and time again, pining false hope on such things is dangerous. 

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