Anonymous
HELLO !

-April 17-
I had sex with old street worker. I got oral from her with condom (2 minutes) and then put one more condom and penetrated her vagina (2 minutes). After contact I put down the both condoms and with same hand I used tissue to clean rest sperm. I think and hope that condoms did not break, I did not noticed anything like only ring around my penis. After that a just got dressed and went home where I taked the shower.

-April 19-
I felt body itching on the hands, feet and head...

-April 20-30-
These 10 days I felt like a soulless. My day was like work and sleep, nothing else. I felt hot flushes 3 times per day and headache every day.

-May 1-3-
These 3 day I have sore throat and fever 37,2ºC (98.96ºF) and I could feel my lymph nodes in groin area. I also have still white coat on tongue.

-May 5-6-
18 days after contact I asked her to go test for HIV. She taked test "detection of antibodies and p24 antigen by EIA" and day after she called for result and they told all is OK.

-These days-
Still body itching and big bump above my collar-bone on left side and tingling of the hands like three days.


I´m really panic and can not think about anything else. Please respond and do not delete my post, I will be grateful. THANKS
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for HIV related information. Hopefully the info we provide will be able to help you.

I understand that this situation has left you feeling very concerned. Hopefully we can help to put your mind at ease.

In terms of the activities that you engaged in, I have attached here a transmission equation which outlines risk factors very clearly:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
For the oral sex you received, saliva has an enzyme that breaks down HIV so it cannot be transmitted that way, so that was a No Risk activity. Additionally, for the vaginal intercourse, you were protected by the condom which doesn't allow exchange of body fluids, so it's again a No Risk activity.
If the condom DID break, although you would likely know if you did, it would be a Low Risk activity.

In terms of all the symptoms you described, here at AIDS Vancouver, we don't classify HIV using symptoms, as they're often vague and mirror other viral infections such as the flu. Therefore, the only way to know for certain is to get tested yourself, since you cannot rely on other people for your own sexual health. If it's any condolence however, the activities you described were not risky, but testing is a good practice for anyone who is sexually active.

If you live in BC, feel free to call our helpline as we have a great Health Promotion Management program that we can put you in contact with.

Additionally, for future reference:

HIV Testing sites for canada: [www.hiv411.ca](www.hiv411.ca)

HIV Testing sites for USA: [www.aids.gov](www.aids.gov)

I Hope this was able to help you, and put your mind at ease.

Sincerely,

Christina

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