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Worried about HIV
« on: January 08, 2019, 03:07:14 am »
Hello,

I had a sexual encounter with an HIV+ man (which I found out later) on the night of December 23. Though I was the top and we had protected sex most of the time. I rubbed my penis on his anus and teased it, and inserted it into his anus for around 10 seconds a few times as foreplay for around 25 min.

I also fingered his anus after sex and went in a bit deep with a couple of fingers for another 20 min. I had Dyshidrotic Eczema (very small stress bumps filled with transparent fluids) on my fingers at the time.

When I discovered he was HIV positive (no info on his VLs), I went to the doctor and was put on PEP on the 60th hour post exposure (in the morning of December 26). I have been taking the medications everyday since.

Currently, I'm on day 14 of PEP (day 16 post exposure) and have 14 more to go. On the 11th day post exposure, I started having a sore throat, a fever of 99.8 to 100 F, congested/runny nose, sneezes, coughs and headaches. Today, these symptoms subsided minus the fever which still fluctuates between 99.5 and 100 F. I'm really worried about my HIV status.

My questions are:
1- I know rectal fluids have a high concentration of the virus.  Is it possible for the virus to be contracted on my hands that had these tiny water bubbles on my fingers and in between my knuckles? The fingering went in pretty deep with 2 fingers.  What about the foreplay action with rubbing and inserting the penis in his hole for 10-15 seconds at a time?

2- How less effective is PEP taken first at hour 60 post exposure?

3- Does taking PEP delay seroconversion? Or does seroconversion happen always 2 to 4 weeks post exposure even if PEP failed? Are there any sorts of HIV tests that I can take while being on PEP that can tell me about my status? Or do I need to finish all 28-days of PEP to get tested via 4th gen HIV test or RNA test?

Thank you for your help.

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Re: Worried about HIV
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 03:20:03 am »
Hi

I read your post carfully, and the fingering and fluids on your hands were no HIV risk to you whatsoever. Eczema does not change this.

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Though I was the top and we had protected sex most of the time. I rubbed my penis on his anus and teased it, and inserted it into his anus for around 10 seconds a few times as foreplay for around 25 min.

Unprotected intercourse meets on the other hand all the requirements for aquiring HIV and hence this was a risk.

Thankfully you started PEP within the recommendation time frame and it's highly effective. All in all if what you posted is true and your only exposure than I fully expect once you finish the PEP course to test negative.

Do test to confirm this, so finish the PEP course and test 6 weeks post finishing PEP with any approved HIV antibodies test for a result, if you wish to test again at 3 months post PEP for a conculsive result that is up to you.

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sore throat, a fever of 99.8 to 100 F, congested/runny nose, sneezes, coughs and headaches

Nothing to do with HIV regardless of your HIV status, do see a doctor and treat whatever is making you sick

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 as an additional layer of HIV prevention going forward.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV might still pose a risk for transmission of other far easier to acquire 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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Re: Worried about HIV
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2019, 03:25:44 am »
Thank you for your swift reply, Jim. I truly appreciate it.

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Re: Worried about HIV
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 03:29:08 am »
You're welcome
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