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Hi AIDS Vancouver Staff,
I have some questions that are not getting out of my mind.

I am a gay man, and I am just concerning about something. I was just wondering if H.I.V has any link with Neuropathy.
I am going to tell you a brief description what's going on.

Recently I have experienced some burning,tingling, pins and needles sensation in my legs and feet. I went to my primary Dr. and I was told I have plantar fasciitis.
The doctor put me on this medication for it. It looks like the medication is not doing any good for me. I'd also like to mention I am a "pre diabetic".

I got tested for H.I.V, it came back negative. It has been three months since I had sex for the last time. We just had mutual masturbation, showering together, kissing and some rubbing and came.

Just outta curiosity, I have Googled it, and all I can see there's a link between H.I.V and Neuropathy. At this point I am more worried and anxious than never.
I was just wondering if you are able to clarify my concerns.

I am experiencing some symptoms such as burning sensation in my legs and feet, weight loss, stomach issues, rash, itchy skin, and pimples, red bumps on my neck, groin area and face. I have not experienced any fever.
I’ve been really anxious and worried lately.
Can these symptoms be all related to H.I.V infection or just related to anxiety and stress?
These are the tests I’ve done so far:

Can this test be conclusive at 54 days?

I am currently on PreP. I started it couple months ago.
I got a 4th Generation Test (Blood drawn at Lab) after 30 days (follow up) and it came back negative.

Does PreP suppress or hide the virus in an H.I.V (4th Generation) Test while taking Prep daily?

Is there any link between H.I.V and Neuropathy Please help!

I have all these stuck on my mind, and I can't get over of it. The more I think, more anxious and worried I get. These past three months have been so overwhelming.

Thank you.

Splinters and tweezers


I have a question about HIV transmission:
A friend of mine had a splinter in his finger and used my tweezers to remove it. After he used the tweezers I put them in a mug of boiling water and left them for two hours. After, I put them in a mug with kitchen floor cleaner and boiling water for 10-15mins then let them air-dry overnight. I used the tweezers about 12 hours after my friend to remove from dry skin from the inside of my nose.
I am almost certain that there is no risk for HIV transmission in this situation but I would just like some advice from your helpline.

Thank you.

cut on my finger


I had a very small cut in my finger, It had bleeded.

After 1 hour I went to sauna, touched to penis. I did not touch sperm but probably mail liquids, pre-cum. But there was no blood on my finger at that time.

What is the risk?


squeezed acne

Please answer because I am very worried
Today I have squeezed acne and bleeding
What I care about is a moment later I see my hand has a big bloody stain.
If the blood stain is of another person and when it is fresh, it comes into contact with blood when I squeeze the acne, I am at risk or no.
thanks you

unsterile procedure

I got two stitches from an accident, My concern is I wasn't sure if the instruments they used were sterile. I only noticed that the syringe and suture were new. But there was no noticeable blood stained on the instruments.
Would it be possible to transmit HIV from this. I was the only patient that night. I assume if there was HIV, then its been exposed to the environment.

Was this a risk???

Was this a risk???


Thank you so much for making this online resource available where people like me can get accurate information on Hiv and STDs.

My situation involved mutual masturbation with another guy. All that happened was that we masturbated each other without condoms. Nothing else happened: no kissing, no oral sex of any kind, no penetrative/anal sex. It was just masturbation which lasted for about 10 minutes. It happened in my car.

My concern is that the other guy ejaculated his semen on my hand. I cannot be sure if I had any minor scrapes or scratches on my hand at the time. Now when the semen got of my hand, it stayed there for about 5 minutes until I got a bottle of water and washed it off and then used hand sanitiser to clean the hand. I have been worried about this ever since. It happened last week Thursday night.

If this guy is HIV positive(maybe he is), was getting his semen on my hand a risk for HIV infection? Do I really need to test for HIV from this episode? I never engage in penetrative sex with anyone at all.

Finally, on another note, would you recommend that someone who is going to get a blow job/oral sex from someone else, that a condom be used?

Thank you for answering my questions.

Possible exposure - very worried

Hi, recently I was very drunk and made out with someone who is HIV positive. It was deep making out, with tongue. I am on PrEP, however I'm very worried, because the day after I started getting symptoms of a head cold: sore throat, congested nose.
During the time we were making out, my nose also started bleeding.
Is there a chance I contracted HIV? I'm very worried, as it seems too much of a coincidence for the symptoms of a head cold to appear the next day, after making out with someone who is HIV positive. I have been on PrEP for about a year, taking one tablet each night.

Condom Broke

Good evening.
I had sexual intercourse with my girlfriend last night.
The condom broke and I immediately pulled out. I have not ejaculated.

Both of us are still 20. We only had sex with each other. She has had no previous sexual partners. She has never kissed anyone before me. She has never done anything sexual basically before me. Same goes for me. I haven't done anything sexual and she is my first.

Both of us have never have never used used needles before. Never have we used drugs.

We have never received blood donations too.

My parents are negative for sure. Her parents too.

What are the chances of HIV transmission?

It's been a day now. Should I go get PEP or should I just let it go?

Thanks for your help.

Hope you can help me.

I feel like I am over reacting but I'm hoping you can give me an answer to calm me down.

Recently I meet up with 2 guys from tinder (different times).

The first guy I met rubbed his penis between my cheeks. What I'm worried about is if he may have had precum which would have landed on my anus. Also, he wanted me to put the head of my penis on his anus, but I never inserted. I also fingered him for less than a minute. Does that pose a risk for me?

With the second guy, we both gave each other hand jobs. At one point, he played with his penis and then came back to mine. If he had precum on his hand and then grabbed my penis, is that a concern?


I changed to a shared flat and I share the bathroom with a person that I think has HIV, since he is gay, very effeminate and he is 48 years old. My problem is that I was going to pierce my nose, but I did not go in, I obtained blood from the force I exercised, I cleaned it with hot water and antiseptic. But it fell in the sink.

After that I did not remember what I did with the earring, I was in a hurry and I wanted to use that earring. Now I am scared because in the wash I could have been infected with HIV and impregnate myself in my piercing before putting it on and bleeding.


This man goes to work at 5 am, I did it in the afternoon, around 1 pm.

* I did not see liquid blood as such.

* Now I feel flu symptoms and the event happened 1 week ago. I’m in a risk?


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