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Author Topic: OCD over my chances of getting HIV  (Read 568 times)

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Offline Eddy

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OCD over my chances of getting HIV
« on: March 26, 2020, 06:43:45 pm »
Hi, I hope this finds everybody well.

I am posting this because I have some concerns due to recent possible exposure to HIV. I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but this is what happened:

I met a guy on Grindr and we hang out on different occasions. Last time I went to his house he offered me to try a drug called "Tina" and I agreed. I can't tell if the needles or the material he used were new or not. For some stupid reason, I trusted him.

I was on prep (hardly ever missing the daily dose) but I was so worried It wouldn't work I went to the clinic to ask for PEP. I started PEP around 48 hours after the possible infection but I can't stop thinking about the probabilities that I have. I know this situation is my fault and I am really suffering the consequences of my actions with severe anxiety thinking about this all the time.

I don't know if I will get infected with HIV even if I was already taking PREP and after I'm done with the month on PEP.

My question is basically how likely is that to happen?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

Best regards.

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Re: OCD over my chances of getting HIV
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2020, 06:52:47 pm »
Hi, I hope this finds everybody well.

I am posting this because I have some concerns due to recent possible exposure to HIV. I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but this is what happened:

I met a guy on Grindr and we hang out on different occasions. Last time I went to his house he offered me to try a drug called "Tina" and I agreed. I can't tell if the needles or the material he used were new or not. For some stupid reason, I trusted him.

I was on prep (hardly ever missing the daily dose) but I was so worried It wouldn't work I went to the clinic to ask for PEP. I started PEP around 48 hours after the possible infection but I can't stop thinking about the probabilities that I have. I know this situation is my fault and I am really suffering the consequences of my actions with severe anxiety thinking about this all the time.

I don't know if I will get infected with HIV even if I was already taking PREP and after I'm done with the month on PEP.

My question is basically how likely is that to happen?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

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Re: OCD over my chances of getting HIV
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2020, 06:59:50 pm »
Tina ... meth.

You need to be explicit regarding what activities and, how you engaged in them during these "hanging out" events for an assesment.

All I can tell you at the moment is neither PrEP nor PEP are guaranteed to prevent HIV and as a PrEP user you should be testing more frequently so every 3 months.

I will add that you have been warned not to post in other peoples threads and to read the rules, additionally, you should not be posting the forums (sections) designed for people living with HIV. Please only post in this one thread going forward.

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. Continue taking PrEP 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.

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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« Last Edit: March 26, 2020, 07:11:25 pm by Jim Allen »
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Offline Eddy

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Re: OCD over my chances of getting HIV
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2020, 07:17:36 pm »
Wow! Such an aggressive, bureaucratic, and automated answer, Jim Allen.
Please, remember you are usually talking to people who are having a rough time.
I am on prep. What makes you assume I don't get tested every 3 months?
I know, wrong place to ask, but do you really have to be so inhumane? I mean you have no idea if I was in the middle of a panic attack or something like that and all you care is where and how I said things. A little "I understand.." would have been good.
Anyway, I feel way better now thanks to other people I talked to and I don't need any information. Feel free to delete my question and forget it.
I was expecting a little bit of support and yes this might not the place to look for that.
"kind regards" to you too.

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Re: OCD over my chances of getting HIV
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2020, 07:47:55 pm »
Oh, I understand, and you're welcome.  :-*

It's a risk assessment, and we try to keep it relatively neutral and nonjudgmental as much as possible. The initial assessment was based on the little details you provided me, nothing more, nothing less and, no ill intent was intended.

But since the gloves seem to be off, ill give you some flavour if you like.

You got told to behave yourself and, to stop hijacking other members threads in the "AM I Infected" forum, in addition, to stop invading the safe space designed for people living with HIV who have enough going on in life without having to put up with your drama.

If you had bothered to think before you posted everywhere on the forum or had even some consideration for others, the mess could have been avoided, despite all that, I still gave you an assesment.  "You're welcome!"

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What makes you assume I don't get tested every 3 months?

I did not assume you did or did not get tested every 3 months, sounds like you already do, that's great.

Now, PEP is highly effective and you started within the 72 hours post the concerned incident, if this was your only potential exposure I would expect a negative result, but do test and, work with your healthcare provider to confirm.

Take care.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2020, 08:23:14 pm by Jim Allen »
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
HIV 101
Transmission and Risks:
HIV Transmission and Risks
Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

 


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