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Author Topic: Seroconversion?  (Read 563 times)

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Offline throwntodash

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Seroconversion?
« on: January 01, 2019, 08:08:04 am »
Hi!

I am an 18 year old gay male and had a sexual encounter an individual of unknown status (who claimed to be HIV negative) late on the 25th of December (around 11:00 PM). There was brief protected anal sex (with him on top), though he attempted to get to me agree to go at it without a condom. There was also unprotected oral sex, which resulted in him cumming in my mouth (I didnít swallow). I donít believe there were any cuts/sores in my mouth, but a small section of my inner lower lip was feeling slightly tender at the time.

Around the 29th (Iím not quite sure if it was the 28th or 29th), I noticed a couple of red bumps on my arm, and now there are a few more of them, with some on the other arm as well. Thereís a couple on my right leg, and one on the sole of my left foot. Iíve been in a far warmer climate than I usually live in recently, however, the red bumps are not in patches, which makes it hard for me to believe it is heat rash. Iíve also had a cough and a ďtinglyĒ throat.

I plan on getting tested in a couple months, and then again down the line, but in the meantime, should I be excessively worried? Iíve been hoping this isnít a symptom of seroconversion, but Iím not really sure of any other conditions that would produce a similar rash. As such, Iíve been very panic-y the past few days, even though Iím not particularly informed on the intricacies of HIV.

Iím terribly sorry in advance if there was any simple reading I couldíve done to put my mind at ease, Iíve just been feeling very paranoid.

Thanks,
Thrown

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Re: Seroconversion?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2019, 10:40:28 am »
Hi

Please see your GP regarding whatever is making you feel unwell and treat it, nothing you mentioned is HIV specific and some of it plainly has nothing to do with HIV regardless of your status.

I hope you feel better soon.

As for your assessment, the protected intercourse is not a concern. The BJ well without gaping wounds or damage to your mouth this concern lacks the route (cells) to infect and on top of that the virus is very fragile, your mouth has dozens of protein and enzymes that damage the virus receptors rendering it unable to infect. 

Its such a near negligible concern we don't recommend running out to test, stressing or worrying about it. Just get tested whenever you happen to be due for your regular STI/HIV standard checkup

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP going forward as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other easier to transmit STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

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