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Question: 

Hi there, so i received a call yesterday telling me that i have 'Been exposed to HIV and Chlamydia' from a clinic in Vancouver. I immediately arranged to go and get tested. When there, they did full spectrum tests including, i assume an RNA test (10-12 days window was given for that test) and a pinprick test. I also took medication for the Chlamydia

Now, because i limit my sexual contact to purely oral sex out of a relationship, I assumed my risk was low to very low to contract HIV from oral alone? Could you clarify the level of risk on that front for me given that
A. it's obvious the person involved has been recently diagnosed, and thereby likely to have a higher viral load (?)
B. they also tested positive for chlamydia, which i understand increases your likelihood to catch another STD, but does it also increase your infectiveness?

I have OCD so this situation creates a great deal of anxiety in me. Im trying my best to manage it and be calm. Just to clarify, my pinprick result from yesterday was negative, i have had no unprotected anal sex or even protected anal sex since my last tests which were window-period proof, and i have ONLY performed oral on maybe 3-4 guys, and received oral from a few more

There is one evening in the club i blacked out for 20 minutes and was thrown out for being too drunk - something that I actually stopped drinking over, but i am extremely doubtful that would have lead to sex inside a club, and i would have known about it, as there would have been someone else ejected with me for such an act.

Answer: 

Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems that you concerned that you might have been exposed to HIV from oral sex encounters. We are glad to provide some information.

Receiving oral sex is considered a Negligible Risk activity. Although it involves the exchange of body fluids there has not been a confirmed report of HIV infection this way.

Giving oral sex is considered a Low Risk activity because there have been a few confirmed reports of HIV infection through this activity.

We are encouraged that you have already been tested. However for conclusive results we encourage you to get tested again 12 weeks or three months after your last exposure. We are not in a position to comment of STDs. Your doctor or clinic would be the best place to get further information on that.

The Aids Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

In health

Lawrence

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
helpline.aidsvancouver.org