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Offline Jackscalora

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Australia testing
« on: February 13, 2020, 11:06:24 pm »
Hi everyone,

I was wanting some advice on my story and also some feedback from anyone who has experience with testing within Australia.

So to start off with, a few years ago when I was between the age of 25-29, I was experimenting using contacts on Craigslist. I let about 5x guys suck me off without a condom. And I let one guy (who had sucked me off twice in the last 12 months) try to have anal sex with me.

1. So the anal sex was the encounter that I was most worried about. He was mid-upper socio-economic, white collar, white male. I demanded that he used condoms which I saw him put on and also felt back around when he was trying to make sure that it was still on. He was mid-upper socio economic, white collar, white male. He used plenty of lube. Not sure where it all went wrong - but in the end he couldn't actually get his penis inside of me. After 5-10 min we had a break and then he put a new condom on and tried again. Same result. No penetration. But it did damage the lining of my anus - no tears but was severely sore and dilated for a couple days.

I then sucked him off without a condom for 60 seconds. Did notice some precum. Had brushed my teeth 1 hour before. He then sucked me off and ejaculated himself onto my chest in the shower.

Within the week, I came down with this terrible flu. (I have had influenza twice before and it was VERY similar but with some unique differences). I had a raised temperature which didnt seem to subside with panadol or nurofen. I had sore joints (no muscle cramps), diarrhea, sensitivity in my eyes to light. But the MAJOR difference which I have never had is vertigo and the worst headache I have ever had. It was a strange feeling like my head was floating, especially when I would look down at my desk at work or when I exposed my eyes to bright light.

Also noticed small fluid filled pimples on my shoulders/chest towards the end of the first 2 weeks. But with no redness or anything around them. Didn't look like a rash. No swollen lymph nodes. This "flu" lasted for 2 weeks approximately.

I ordered an OraQuick saliva test from a government HIV group and took the test exactly 7 weeks (49 days) after exposure. It came back negative.

I would like feedback regarding my symptoms and whether you think they sound indicative of HIV seroconversion. Can these HIV acute symptoms occur within a week of exposure?

2. 7 months from exposure I ordered two iCare HIV 1+2 Rapid Screen Tests off the internet. I did them one two seperate days and both came back negative. The test line came up very dark but nothing else.

3. I went to the local Sexual Health Clinic around the 8 month mark and they took bloods and swabs, etc. I knew the nurse (family friend) and said no to having M2M intercourse as I identify as straight. However, I made it out like I had been very promiscuous with females, having unprotected sex for years. And I said that I just want to get "tested for everything". I received no call back so assumed it was fine.

My burning question is directed at anyone who is familiar with the Healthcare system in Australia. I am a middle class, white, straight (besides that brief period of experimentation), male.

If someone goes into a Sexual Health Clinic (literally that is all they do there is sexual health checks) - would they be tested for HIV if bloods were taken? Regardless of the "perceived risk"?


I just think if the answer is no then that appears extremely negligent of the health care provider. I just wonder if the nurse put me in the "not at risk" category and didnt bother with HIV testing. Surely not though???

P.s. I have tried calling the Sexual Health Clinic and they keep telling me to come in for an appointment or that a nurse will call back if I wanted to discuss what I was last tested for.

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Re: Australia testing
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 02:35:59 am »
Hiya,

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He was mid-upper socio economic, white collar, white male
Nice for him, HIV doesn't care.

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I am a middle class, white, straight (besides that brief period of experimentation), male.
That's nice, HIV doesn't care

Anyhow moving on to relevant matters, getting your penis sucked is no HIV risk whatsoever and as for the anal sex, a condom was used and more to the point no penetration occurred. It's not an HIV risk.

As for giving a blowjob, generally speaking, the mouth simply lacks route (Cells to infect) for HIV, and even if there was damage to your mouth (inside your mouth) as in gaping open sores like meth mouth creating a possible route than saliva & air also act to neutralize HIV by damaging the receptors needed to infect human cells.

All in all, giving a blowjob is such a minute concern with regards to HIV that we don't even recommend specifically testing over it. Just get tested whenever you are next normally due a routine check-up.

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said no to having M2M intercourse as I identify as straight
They could ask this question in a far better way but the short of it is they simply don't care about how you identify. It's just asked to make sure you are getting the most relevant swaps.

Now personally if they did not test you for HIV, then, in my opinion, they would be negligent.  That said nothing would surprise me from Australia, seen a few backwards things over the last years.

So if you are unsure regarding what they tested for ask them specifically what tests where conducted.  http://www.sti.guidelines.org.au/standard-asymptomatic-check-up

Here's what you need to know 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.

Kind regards

Jim

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