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why anti body?

hello, I have been wondering about this and it makes no sense to me to test for antibodies rather then the actual virus.
Why is it that most clinics prefer to test for antibodies rather than the virus itself. Also there is not enough education about prep. In my case after a risky activity, I ended up waiting six weeks for an antibody test and now I have to wait another4 1/2 months according to my dr to be conclusive. I didnt even know a thing like prep existed. In addition, i am so freaking nervous after getting my negative at six weeks. I started feeling sick right after I got my negative result. I had a sore throat for a day or two and a small bump on the left side of my neck. Im so nervous i dont even want to go back. It is very hard to deal with the stress and anxiety of having to go and re test....is it possible that my test was accurate after six weeks?

Gingivitis hiv transmission

I have question about a recent incident. I met someone for a date and after a couple drinks we went back to my place. We made out a lot (deep kissing), he sucked my penis for a short bit (I didn't suck him), and then performed mutual masturbation. After he ejaculated, I licked his scrotum and did taste some seamen. I do have minor gingivitis - I had brushed three hours earlier before we met, but I wasn't bleeding profusely (a very tiny bit). The next day we were chatting and he told me he was on Prep, and that since his last test in November has had unprotected sex with his ex. Am I risk for exposure? Should I consult a doctor about Pep. This happened on Saturday night, so I have until Tuesday night.

Thank you for all your help!

Fight with high HIV risk person (multiple scratches)

I had a fight with a female african escort today , she told me she was high on cocaine.
I am saying she is a high risk cause she's an escort , drug user and as far as I know statistically HIV is more common in people from Africa
The fight lasted for 15 mins since she was so high and would not leave my room.
After the fight , I checked my self and found multiple scratches that were bleeding that I guess were from her nails.
I don't know what happened during the fight or if there was blood from her that got into these scratches
I am worried sick now and I have an appointment with an internal Medicine doctor tomorrow
Is this is a high risk encounter ?
Should I consider PREP?
If I took the RNA test tomorrow would it be accurate ?
Thanks and sorry for the long story

How much does a cut on your penis increase HIV transmission rates during unprotected anal sex?

I recently had penetrative anal sex with a stranger while on vacation in Barcelona, and it was unprotected. The next day, I noticed I had a small cut underneath the head (the more sensitive skin or inner foreskin) which is worrying me. At the time, I felt some discomfort which I attributed to friction or a lack of lube, but I now suspect I was feeling discomfort from the small cut. To make matters worse, I read that Barcelona has one of the highest HIV incidences in all of Europe, especially among MSM.

I also read that penetrative anal sex, unprotected, with an HIV positive partner is a 0.11% chance of infection if you are circumcised and 0.62% if you are uncircumcised, per encounter.

This leads me to three questions:
1. Roughly how do HIV transmission rates change/increase if you have small cuts or abrasions underneath the head of the penis (basically on the inner foreskin)?

2. If the receptive partner was recently infected (in the "window period" where their body is not yet producing antibodies to HIV), how much does the transmission rate increase? A friend had said it's 30x as high -- but that seemed like too high of an estimate (implying 3.3% if circumcised or 18.6% if uncircumcised)!

3. What is the best way to treat a cut on the sensitive skin beneath the penis head? Clearly a band-aid is not practical.

Maculopapular Rash after possible HIV exposure

23 yoM that had sex with another man about 10 days ago. First it was protected and then we had a minute of unprotected sex without ejaculation. What I know of the guy I had sex with is that he has been on PrEP since February, tested negative in July, and I am the only one he has had sex with unprotected since testing. Today I am experiencing a mild maculopapular rash - looks like a heat rash on my trunk and very small red bumps on my arms that is making my body warm. No high fever, but due to the anxiety and heat from the rash my temperature is probably elevated. I am scared to death this is HIV, what do you think the chances are?


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