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Author Topic: 2 Questions: Symptoms and intimate shaving  (Read 1845 times)

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Offline Taurus1234

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2 Questions: Symptoms and intimate shaving
« on: May 23, 2011, 10:54:39 AM »
Dear all,

I hope you can help me with these two questions, as they cause me some anxiety. Since about 3 months I am in a heterosexual sexual relationship. We are just performing protected vaginal sex and unprotected oralsex (active and passive).

Question 1
So then these are the symptoms and circumstances that came with them:

5 May (after intensive work out outside the night before)
-   raised temperature for the night (38.5 degrees)
-   Slime producing cough (which still continues despite cough medicine, but has since come down a lot)

Ca. 17 May (after cleaning shower off limescale with steel wool the night before)
-   rash on both hands and wrists, but no further rash on arms, legs, trunk or face.
-   The rash disappeared the same day.

Otherwise no other rashes, no more fever, diarrhea or sore throat. From what I understand I would link these occurrences with the intense exercise the day before and some skin reaction linked to the cleaning. Or would you suggest that this could sound like acute HIV symptoms?

Question 2
Before last having protected vaginal sex, me and my partner shower and did intimate shaving. Only after the intercourse we discovered a slight cut just where the penis begins, which was not covered by the condom. This cut was not bleeding. Similarly we discovered her having a small non-bleeding cut between the right vaginal lips and on her stomach. My cuts were washed under the shower very shortly after the intercourse as vaginal fluid has come in contact with my cut. Now, based on what I read there would be no risk here, as the cuts were not bleeding, the cuts were outside the main-vagina and any possible viral load that might have dripped on my cut would be quickly inactive and killed by the soap anyways. Would you agree with me here?

Otherwise, would you see a HIV risk from both descriptions and recommend testing in due time?

Thank you for your advice, it would help me with my anxiety.

Kind regards,

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Re: 2 Questions: Symptoms and intimate shaving
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011, 11:19:44 AM »

You have not had a risk for hiv infection.

Protected intercourse is just that - protected. There have been long-term studies of couples where one is positive and one is negative. In the couples who used condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, but no barrier for oral activities, not one of the negative partners became infected with hiv. Not one. What's important is that the head of your penis is covered.

Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies. Once outside the body, small changes in temperature and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect. For this reason, you are needlessly worrying about the cuts you got when shaving. We see shaving questions all the time in this forum and not one person has ever tested positive as a result.

If you feel unwell, see a doctor. Nothing you describe has anything to do with hiv as you did not have a risk for hiv infection.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!!! Read through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use them with confidence.

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