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Offline matherstom

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Scared - Tested Negative, But New Concern
« on: October 29, 2019, 05:51:11 pm »
I just got out of an eight-year marriage.  I've been separated now for eight months.  I recently (last week) tested negative for chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea and syphilis. 

I had a scare yesterday at work.  I was in line at work buying breakfast and a bottle of Coca-Cola.  The guy ahead of me just bought food.  When the cashier told him the price, he paid the money AND took not only his food, but my bottle of Coca-Cola with him.  I thought he was joking, but he grabbed the bottle rather forcefully.  He came back 10 seconds later and apologized for taking my bottle and returned it, but why would he do that to begin with? He knew he didn't buy Coca-Cola. It looked like the bottle's seal was still intact, but maybe it wasn't.  I was taken aback by what happened.  I may be worrying for nothing, but as indicated above, I was just tested for STDs including HIV, so I hope this guy didn't try to contaminate my bottle somehow with HIV blood.  I drank the Coca-Cola about a minute or two after this incident.  Am I out to lunch here, or should I get tested again for HIV after a few weeks? 
« Last Edit: October 29, 2019, 05:54:26 pm by matherstom »

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Re: Scared - Tested Negative, But New Concern
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2019, 05:56:57 pm »
Hiya,

It's not even possible for someone to contaminate food or drinks in a way even if they wanted that would lead to the transmission of HIV 

I don't know what had triggered this fear, but relax and move on with your life.

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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Re: Scared - Tested Negative, But New Concern
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2019, 05:59:44 pm »
Thank you, Jim.  I really appreciate it.

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Re: Scared - Tested Negative, But New Concern
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2019, 06:01:42 pm »
You're welcome
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