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Author Topic: Could I be infected?  (Read 3335 times)

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Offline vic_neo

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Could I be infected?
« on: December 04, 2006, 08:52:03 PM »
I have enquired with lot of people and counsellors over the phone about my situation and most of them said mine was a low case. I had intercourse with an female escort about 2 months back and I made sure I had condoms when I did it. My only concern is that she is an escort and she kinda seemed to be offended when I confronted her with the quetion of HIV and she said that she would not do anything without protection. I also observed that she went into the restroo before the intercourse and I dont know what it was for.

Anyways I am a bit worried about my situation. I am not sure if headeaches and upset stomachs are symptoms of HIV virus infection but I am experiencing this though not on a regular basis. I do wear prescription glasses and I am assuming the headaches are because of that.

But I just want to know if I could have any chance of being infected. Please excuse me if you find me being over cautious but I am a bit worried as she was an escort.


Offline RapidRod

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Re: Could I be infected?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2006, 08:58:19 PM »
No you didn't have a risk. You had protected sex.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Could I be infected?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2006, 09:17:26 PM »
Escorts want to stay healthy and go on living too. Condoms are very democratic. Whether you are with a professional or a civilian they do a very effective job of protecting you from HIV transmission.

As long as you use them consistently you are covered, literally and figuratively, as far as HIV is concerned.

You don't have any cause for further concern about HIV in relation to this incident.

Andy Velez

Offline vic_neo

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Re: Could I be infected?
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2006, 09:26:28 PM »
Thanks a lot rapidrod and andy for your replies. This was my first time I engaged in intercousre and that is the reason I am a bit worried about it. I am having these headaches and upset stomach condition for last 2 months or so and as I said earlier not on a regular basis but pretty sporadically and this has driven me to think that i might have been infected.

anyways thanks a lot for your replies...

Offline HIVworker

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Re: Could I be infected?
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2006, 11:12:50 PM »
Your symptoms are not due to HIV because you didn't do anything to catch it.

NB. Any advice about HIV is given in addition to your own medical advice and not intended to replace it. You should never make clinical decisions based on what anyone says on the internet but rather check with your ID doctor first. Discussions from the internet are just that - Discussions. They may give you food for thought, but they should not direct you to do anything but fuel discussion.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Could I be infected?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2006, 07:49:13 AM »
Vic, becoming sexually acitive is exciting and also often scary and anxiety-provoking. So your reaction to this experience is one which you share with many others.

Keep using those condoms everytime for intercourse and go at the pace you are comfortable with in terms of what you choose to do.

Happily, this is not an HIV situation.

Andy Velez


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