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Author Topic: Do I have to get tested?  (Read 1380 times)

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Offline RichardYu

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Do I have to get tested?
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:49:22 PM »
Hello, I would just like to inquire if my situation would need to be checked for HIV.

First of all, I had a risky sex behavior about a month ago. I had my first sex with a prostitute unprotected. She claimed that the other 8 partners that she had was always protected. However, I now have colds and deteriorating health which I believe is mostly because of late nights and bad sleeping habits that I have now.

The sex I had with the prostitute was very, very short. Probably I thrust only a few times because I came instantly, i didn't come inside her. I thrust less than a minute even. I remember realizing that the vagina felt different compared to my hand then immediately felt like I was about to come.

After the sexual encounter, I had sore penis. Meaning my penis felt sore because I wasn't used to sex yet. Does that mean I contracted small wounds on my penis?

I am particularly worried about my health, and what I did was extremely stupid in which I will never want to repeat. Btw, I reside in the Philippines where HIV rates are extremely low. So should I get checked or not? Is it possible that I contracted HIV? What are my chances? Thanks :)

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Re: Do I have to get tested?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 12:58:16 PM »
Hi Richard,

If you had penetrative vaginal intercourse, which it sounds like you did however briefly, then that qualifies as unsafe sex. HIV is much harder to transmit from female to male than the other way around. And since we are talking about a single and brief incident, the likelihood of HIV transmission is very low this time. But to be sure about your negative status you do need to get tested. You can do it initially at 6 weeks. If you get a negative result, which is what I expect will happen, then in all likelihood you will test conclusively negative at 3 months.

You need to learn from this experience. That means everytime you have vaginal or anal intercourse you need to have a condom on your penis. No exceptions. And other STDs are much easier to acquire so every year or even ever 6 months you should get tested for all STDs.

This time I expect you to come out of this ok as far as HIV is concerned.

Andy Velez

Offline RichardYu

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Re: Do I have to get tested?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2014, 01:10:11 PM »
Thank you for your input, Andy! I sure would get tested during the third month.

Just a quick question, if the vagina does not produce any fluid meaning it's not lubricated, is there still a chance of HIV transmission?

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Re: Do I have to get tested?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2014, 02:28:42 PM »
Richard, whether or not the vagina was lubricated, as Andy said, since it was unprotected, you need to be tested.  Not only for HIV, but all other STI's. 

I can re-iterate what Andy said about female to male transmission.  I've been HIV+ for over 20 years and none of my past relationships, about 4, turned up HIV+.  And it was all unprotected. 

I expect you to test negative.  But, you need to start carrying condoms with you, and use one every single time you have vaginal or anal sex.  And if you're going to be sexually active, you need to have an annual STI check to make sure of your status of all STI's. 

Again, I doubt you will test HIV+.  I would bet on it.  But it seems you will feel better being tested and having the result in front of you, so good luck.

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