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Author Topic: Freaking out - Am I infected?  (Read 593 times)

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Offline Jadebear

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Freaking out - Am I infected?
« on: April 17, 2020, 04:40:35 am »

So, I've decided to escort around my studies, I've only seen 3 people and I might give it up due to this. I'm pretty safe, oral and sex with protection but I had a condom break on me and we didn't realise until after. He told me he use to do my job and he use to run an escort agency, I told him my concerns but he insists that he's clean. He did tell me that taking antibiotics will reduced the chance of catching something.

Normally sex workers are as they get tested frequently but I'm freaking out! It's been 7 hours. Should I try get the PCP?

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Re: Freaking out - Am I infected?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2020, 09:06:02 am »

Okay, so regarding the HIV risk, the broken condom incident, I presume this was during intercourse. That's an HIV risk although, the good news is that until the condom broke it would have been protecting you.

Testing is, however, recommended post this potential exposure. If you are not taking PEP* then test at 6 weeks post-exposure with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test, a negative result at that time will rarely ever change, although, you can test for a definite result at 3 months post-exposure if you wish.

Should I try get the PCP?

* You could try taking PEP, it's up-to-you.

PEP is a course of anti-HIV medication that you can take for 28 days post-exposure to prevent an HIV infection. It's not a guarantee and you would need to test post-finishing the PEP at 6 weeks with a blood-drawn antibodies test, a negative result at 6 weeks post finishing PEP would rarely ever change although you can retest at 3 months post finishing PEP for peace of mind and a definite result if you wish.

If you do decide to take PEP, the sooner the better, it's highly effective when started no later than 72 hours post-exposure.

he's clean

Cool, glad to hear that he washed. I had a shower this morning as well, I'm very clean, living with HIV doesn't make me dirty either.

I'm pretty safe, oral and sex with protection

Asides from this incident you should talk to your healthcare provider about PrEP "PrEP" stands for Pre-exposure prophylaxis, (Prevention) it a way for people who do not have HIV but who are sexually active to add an additional layer of prevention against acquiring HIV. It means taking a pill every day that contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine). 

It does not offer any protection against other STI's and you should be testing for STI's and HIV more frequently

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 as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

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 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.

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