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Do I need to get tested?

Question: 

Hi,

I need your help and guidance. I am a gay guy and last week, I met a guy where we had some fun. It was mainly deep kissing, genital rubbing, body play and he sucked me for maximum 5-7 sec because I am not into it. After that I asked him not to do it and we kissed and made body love (there was no anal sex). I don't know his HIV status though he said he is clean. I met him today again(only met) where he said that he is clean and i should not be worried about it. I am feeling itchy skin though with a few pimples. Is there any concern for me and should I get tested for this? I am very much freaking out now. Need your guidance.

Answer: 

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

It seems you are concerned that you might have acquired HIV from an oral sex activity. We are glad to provide some information.

Receiving oral sex is regarded as a Negligible Risk activity. This means that although there is exchange of body fluids there are no confirmed reports of HIV transmission this way. We do not recommend testing for the activity that you described. However we recommend that people use HIV testing as a regular health maintenance routine. This involves getting tested once or twice a year. This will provide you peace of mind as well as an opportunity for early intervention if it is required.

The other point to note is that we do not determine the HIV status of an individual using symptoms as some symptoms can be caused by other viral infections that are not related to HIV. The only way to determine HIV status is by getting tested.

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