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Offline sasha02

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Am I just being paranoid?
« on: April 12, 2013, 09:00:21 PM »
On 01/31/2013 I had protected vaginal sex (latex condom was used), received oral sex (I'm a woman) and also received anal-oral sex, and gave unprotected oral sex where I swallowed the semen when he ejaculated. I had no sores or cuts in my mouth but my gums do bleed sometimes when I floss them incorrectly (no bleeding when I brush or anything else). There was not cuts or sores anywhere on him either.

On 03/19/2013 I got an ELISA AB test done. Came out negative.

On 04/09/2013 I had an Oraquick oral swab rapid test done. Also came out negative.

I'm 13 days away from the 84 days/12 weeks mark. I am anemic and positive for HSV-1 so I don't know if either of these would delay antibodies show up on the tests. I don't use drugs, never used an IV, I don't have any prescriptions meds that I use regularly.

What I'm concerned with is, should I be worried? I understand that the time period for a conclusive test result is 12 weeks/13 weeks in most places but Should I be satisfied with the two negatives I've gotten at 7 weeks and 10 weeks?

I have a tendency to be extremely paranoid and suspicious. And since the end of January, I've been without a job and at home alone every single day so it's possible I'm getting a bit antsy and nit-picking at things. A few weeks I had convinced myself that I absolutely had both HSV-1 and 2. I don't know if I should go to a doctor about this paranoia (more like a therapist) or I just need to keep myself busy so I don't freak out constantly.

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Re: Am I just being paranoid?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 09:12:10 PM »
You did NOT have risk for HIV so your test results are highly unlikely to change and I would expect a negative result if you test again .

The way to avoid HIV is to insist on condoms that are correctly and consistently used each and every time you have vaginal or anal sex . Its really that simple .

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Re: Am I just being paranoid?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2013, 09:30:38 PM »
First off, unless your oral hygiene resembles a Google Image search for "meth mouth" AND your partner had a soaring viral load, there's absolutely nothing in what you described that even remotely put you at risk for HIV infection.

And the caveats I just wrote are guesses, as firmly documented HIV transmission from receptive oral sex (sucking penis/swallowing semen) have yet to surface in the wild, outside of (nearly 100 percent male) patient report after the fact.

There have been no fewer than three separate serodiscordant couples studies (where one person is HIV positive, the other negative.) These couples were tracked for three. five and ten years. The couples used condoms for penetrative vaginal and anal sex, but NO BARRIER at all for oral sex. Any kind of oral sex.

There were zero infections even remotely linked to oral sex in any study.

The medical issues you mention certainly won't impact your testing accuracy, and I can assure you that you will test negative for HIV.

If, when obtaining this last result (purely for your peace of mind) you find that you can't let it go, then perhaps talking to a counselor or therapist wouldn't be a bad idea.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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