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Worried and anxious
« on: August 06, 2020, 04:32:29 pm »
Hello to everyone administering this forum. I have carefully read all the topics on this forum and I really appreciate the straightforward response of you guys. So my recent and only sexual encounter occured in Mid February 2020 with a female sex worker. Condom was used throughout.  I didn't ejaculate inside her and also don't remember whether my condom broke or not
 I do believe condom was intact throughout the intercourse.  I only had vaginal sex with her. After 10 to 12 days I had a sore throat and flu like symptoms which I believe were because of the seasonal flu. Things got worse when I started googling for the symptoms HIV.  That actually freaked me out but considering the fact I used condom made me feel confident.  My worrry actually increased when I had a urinary tract infection.  I had symptoms like frequent urination, strong urge to urinate but after the diagnosis of UTI my doctor prescribed me antibiotics course for a week and later had my urine analysis done which was clear. Now my concern is that I hope UTI is not related to HiV in any way. I heard it somewhere in the internet that it might  be one the signs of HIV . Although I believe I had protected sex , but still the fear and anxiety makes thing worse. Can you please help me sort out that whether that UTI was related to the protected sex I had or not and whether it has any sort pf link HIV?? And also please help me evaluate how risky behavior this was....

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Re: Worried and anxious
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2020, 05:09:51 pm »
Hiya,

Sorry to hear you have felt unwell,however, what you mentioned is common regardless of HIV status and nothing HIV specific, keep working with your doctor if you still have issues.

As for the intercourse, HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. If a condom fails during the act of intercourse it's obvious to the insertive partner. There is no reason to be stressing or testing outside of standard routine as long as this obvious issue did not happen.

If this was your only sexual encounter then relax and move on with your life.

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 talking to your healthcare provider about 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.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Worried and anxious
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2020, 05:19:35 pm »
Thank you so much for your reply Jim. One last thing juat for reassurance.  Do I need to get tested for this encounter K had? Just tell "Yes" or "Not Needed"

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Re: Worried and anxious
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2020, 05:43:30 pm »
Move on with your life!

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As for the intercourse, HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. If a condom fails during the act of intercourse it's obvious to the insertive partner. There is no reason to be stressing or testing outside of standard routine as long as this obvious issue did not happen.

If this was your only sexual encounter then relax and move on with your life.
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
HIV 101
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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