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Author Topic: Need help analysing risk?  (Read 1223 times)

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Offline radiogaga

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Need help analysing risk?
« on: June 04, 2012, 06:34:30 AM »
Hi there

I'm from the UK and need help analysing my "risk" of contracting HIV. Before we start, I'm not exactly paranoid, but seeing as I'm pursuing a career in medicine, I'm worried if I did contract it, I wouldn't be able to :(

Anyway, all I engaged in with this guy that does concern me is his penis was near my rectum, but because he was fingering me (I was a bit drunk) I was worried about the ...prospect that he had inserted his penis, although he denies this. I'm thinking, because I'm uncertain, I should get a test 6 weeks post-exposure? What do you think? I didn't have pain or swelling of the rectum, so I doubt he inserted more than a finger. (Sorry for the graphic details)

Apart from that, the other things I did were simply no risk (according to medical books I've bought)

I did ask him if he was seropositive, and he got quite....almost offended? I do have quite an analytical mind, so I could be over-reading this. He did, however, tell me that he once had drug-resistant gonorrhea. So I don't see why he'd tell me he had that, but not HIV... He has definetely been a bit "off" with me since I asked him about his status. But he's such a well -known guy, I can't see him lying..

I don't know. I've just finished exams, and I'm stressed out enough about University etc, and now this! I'm going on holiday next week, and really don't want to be worrying about HIV.

Thanks for your help. Great forum you've got! Keep up the good work.

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Re: Need help analysing risk?
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 08:38:15 AM »
Radio, if you had been penetrated you would have known it. And there is a world of difference between a penis being near your anus and actually IN your anus.

So I do think you are worrying needlessly.

The red flag in your story is that you were having casual sex while drinking excessively. That's a dangerous combination and something to be avoided in the future.

And as a non-sequitur, being HIV positive is not a barrier to becoming a doctor. But in your case it's irrelevant at this moment because I don't see you as having been at risk for HIV in the situation you reported.

And I don't see any need for testing unless you need the inevitable negative result strictly for your peace of mind.
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Offline radiogaga

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Re: Need help analysing risk?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012, 05:24:02 AM »
Thanks Andy!

What has worried me now is that on Monday my throat started feeling sore, and then yesterday I woke up with a (what I can only describe as) a "massive" sore throat and "massive" headache. I also had fever (38.5 decreasing 37 after taking paracetamol & Ibuprofen). My nose was very blocked too.

I know these probably aren't ARS - considering my low risk & also the early stages - its now 4 days "post exposure" (if I even was exposed).

Its very similar to the bad case of strep throat I had roughly this time last year. Paracetamol coupled with Ibuprofen are fantastic at removing my symptoms.

Chances of that being ARS? Low, to non-existent chance?

Thanks for your help Andy :)

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Re: Need help analysing risk?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2012, 06:30:05 AM »

You didn't have a "low" risk, you had NO risk. Fingering absolutely is NOT a risk for hiv infection. If he entered you with his penis, you would know about it, trust me.

If you feel unwell, go see your GP. Whatever is going on has nothing to do with a virus for which you have not been at risk.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED TO TEST SPECIFICALLY OVER THIS FINGERING INCIDENT, anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!


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