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Author Topic: Really worried about possible exposure.  (Read 2091 times)

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Offline butwhatif

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Really worried about possible exposure.
« on: March 10, 2011, 02:47:52 PM »
Hey all,

So my story is this: two weeks ago I had a one night stand with this 23 yo guy I met online. He told me he was negative and had last tested in October 2010. He gave me oral sex, and I also sucked his dick for a brief period of time until I realised there was precum on it. I didn't swallow the precum, but could clearly taste it.

Then we went on to have sex. I was the insertive partner, and used a condom. The condom was not rolled all the way down to the base of my penis, but I made sure the glans remained covered all the time. After I came, I removed the condom (there were clear traces of blood on the outer surface) and filled it with water, to make sure there were no leaks or breaks. It was intact and I threw it away.

6 days later, I developed this intense sore throat, that remains active today (day 11 after possible exposure). I have been on ibuprofen and paracetamol ever since, so I don't really know if there was a fever that might have been hidden by the medication, but I didn't have any malaise sensation and didn't notice any rashes in my body. My lymph nodes are also not enlarged, despite being palpable as they have always been (<1cm) in the neck and groin region. Basically all I have is really the sore throat.

But the thing is, 6 weeks ago I already had a bad strep sore throat that was treated with AB and went away. The fact that another sore throat is happening right now when so little time has passed worries me, especially because it was after a possible exposure. Also, there are no white spots or membranes over my tonsils, which makes me think of a viral cause and worry that much more that it might be from HIV.

So my questions are: could this be an HIV ARS symptom? Is a 6-day onset too soon for ARS symptoms to appear? And do you think I should get tested over this particular episode (considering there was precum involved and I developed these symptoms)?

I keep reading people on the 'I just tested poz' forum making claims that they seroconverted solely due to oral sex, and it worries me a lot that this might be the case.

Thank you for your time and I am sorry if any of these questions seem dumb or inappropriate.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Really worried about possible exposure.
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 03:41:51 PM »
Let's keep this simple.

The bottom line is that you used a condom for intercourse and the head of your penis was covered. That means you were protected. The only confirmed risks for the sexual transmission of HIV are unprotected vaginal and anal intercourse.

Claims of transmission via other sexual activities are theoretical and never seem to hold up under careful scrutiny.

There is nothing HIV-specific about your "symptoms." I recommend that you discuss them with your doctor if they persist.

Testing is unnecessary other than for your peace of mind. A negative result is a certainty based on what you have reported.

Andy Velez

Offline butwhatif

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Re: Really worried about possible exposure.
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 04:19:47 PM »
Thank you Andy, that was very helpful.

About the onset of symptoms, though -- do you usually see ARS symptoms begin before a week after exposure?


Offline RapidRod

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Re: Really worried about possible exposure.
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 06:21:59 PM »
You aren't going to see them at all, you didn't have an exposure.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Really worried about possible exposure.
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 06:32:53 PM »
Neither the presence nor the absence of symptoms is ever the way to know anything accurately about HIV status. The so-called symptoms if they show up are often so like many other causes that the only way to know for sure is by getting tested at 13 weeks.

But that is only when there has been a genuine risk and you did not have a risk. Period.
Andy Velez


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