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please hep me very stressed and feard

Hello, I had a protected sex with a female sex worker, but a couple of incidents makes me worried and concerned I would really appreciate your help
1.Before sex I put two condoms and there was no any oral sex happened,after sex I removed my condoms by pulling it(not unrolled) from the head of the penis after that suddenly a drop of my semen was getting out and I accidentally used my thump finger to stop spilling the semen.I used the same finger which I used to remove the condoms,there would be definitely her vaginal fluid on the condoms after sex ,and very next moment I suddenly went to the toilet and cleaned my penis by running tap water. i am very concerned about getting hiv by this way
2. I had a small cut on my abdomen during shaving it was not a deep cut but it was a bit long cut.Does these pose any risk of getting HIV , do I need to go for checkup,its only 90 days now.please reply to my email also.
Thank you

Handshake, homeless man

I feel like a horrible person for asking this but, I bought a homeless man a meal and to thank me, he shook my hand. I had a small cut (the type one gets next to their nails "cuticle", on my middle finger). I have no idea if he had a cut or anything on his hand. Is this in any possible imaginable way risky in terms of HIV?

Like do I need to worry at all over this?


HIV fear

hii!! This sounds weird. I have this extreme fear of catching HIV. Sometimes my mind build up stories as to how I would have contracted it. I am not engaged at all in any risky activities. The fear arises from unusual situations. Latest is I fear that I would have drank or washed my eyes with toilet bowl water. The toilet is used only by me and my husband only very few times some friends may have used it. My concern is whether the toilet bowl water has HIV in it? where does the water comes from toilet bowl. Is it mixed with other houses water supply Is there any risk of getting HIV by drinking or splashing toilet bowl water on eyes considering the toilet is used only by me and my husband. I know I would never do this but my mind wants to believe that I have done it. So please help. I am stuck with this thought.

Question and Clarification-hiv

Hi Moderators.
I have questions and some concerns,pls answer.

1.UniStik 3 lancet used in Testing HIV Clinic in USA, I assume they are single use and cannot be re used on any other person. If re used what are chances getting HIV transmitted in this way.
2.I tried using latex based Condoms during Sex with my Wife partner.Is it safe to use during sex or there is risk of hiv transmission in it.
3.I am HIV negative after testing 7 months since the incident happened from last year November. My Wife is negative,I want move ahead with life but still thinking what if and above cases.

I appreciate your quick reply

Latex Condom Effectiveness

I had sex with a couple of girls and they were all protected with the use of condom from the beginning to the end. Before tearing off the packaging of condom, I always observe for expiry date and the type of condom I am about to use and they were all labeled as 'latex condom'. However, no label appeared on the package indicating that this condom is dedicated for STD prevention. Does this latex condom prevent against HIV and other germs regardless of any indication for STD prevention?


I was treated for an STD (syphilis) yrs ago. I've been told I could never give blood and that I will always have the std in me, but I cant infect anyone. Could infect myself or get sick if I taste my own precum?

CD4 Testing

What is the recommended place in Vancouver where i can have my cd4 count done? I am just visiting this city thru a cruiseship and i needed my CD4 to start my medication. Please help

scared of being infected

please i had sex with two condom worn but discovered one was broken but the other intact and tested the girl immidaitely and discover she was positive. and not aware of it . i went the nxt day and started pep with two combination [lamuvudin and tenofovir} but 5days later was told by a pharmacist that 2 combination from same class is not protective ; then immidaitely added effaverenz to it . is 8th day today and am so worried cos of the two combination i started with and introducing the last one after 72hours. pls help me

Please, some peace of mind

I am a 22 years-old MSM. Until now, I've had 10 sexual encounters. Only one of them led to anal intercourse, with me being the unprotected receptive man with a guy of unknown status. After that time, I had two more encounters (receptive oral sex without ejaculation). The last one of these encounters took place almost two months after my first anal experience.
Then I lost my mind and the testing frenzy took place for the first time. 16 days after my last exposure, I got a RNA HIV-1 test form LarbCorp: NEGATIVE. That same day, I took an Oraquick which turned out to be negative. A very faint line appeared on the T zone after about one week of taking the test (I kept it as a "souvenir"). 5 weeks after my last exposure (that is, more than 3 months after my high-risk exposure) I took a blood test (it was an immunochromatography for antibodies like OraQuick but with blood). The first test I took that time developed a red linear faint spot perpendicular to the C line, on the T zone. I took another test then since the first one seemed to be defectuous, and the result was negative.
I know that I have got 3 -ve results so far. The RNA test is usually nor recommended for diagnostics although LapCorp claims that its test is FDA-approved. The Oraquick test was taken during the window period, although it had already been about two months after my high-risk exposure. The blood test I took with proper timing was negative, but I still have the image of the defective test on my mind.
I am planning to get psychological support, but I feel that I need to be sure of my status before doing so. What do you think taking into account your experiences? what about the timing and the incidents I had? Should I get re-tested? Which test should I get? Anything that you tell me would be very appreciated...I am seriously losing my mind about this situation. I feel like I haven't found peace of mind after so many attempts...


Hi there,

i have a question, can i get hiv if i cut my finger with a knife ( there is a minimum open wound but with a lot of bleeding) and a friend of mine cut his finger too and he bleed on my wound with fresh blood, his and mine(like two drops of blood ), supposing he is HIV positive, is there a risk?

wait for your prompt reply,

thank you



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