Anonymous
Hi guys,

About 4 weeks ago, I had protected anal sex with a guy - I was the bottom. I used lube. Right now, I have come down with a flu - not much coughing, my throat was dry / sore for a bit... my one ear is blocked. I will go and get tested this week. I am stressed out... I didn't feel the condom tear / break... I felt the condom, I didn't feel any cum go into my ass - because there was protection. Can one feel the cum go down their ass if it were unprotected? I also feel like I have dropped some weight.

We did kiss for a bit, and I did suck him quite briefly.

I am stressed right now... should I be super stressed? Several posts on the internet tell me not to be stressed because of condom usage.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions. We're happy to help!

First of all, protected anal sex is considered to be a low risk activity, meaning that there have been a few reports of infection attributed to these activities, but usually under certain identifiable conditions (i.e. the condom breaking). You did a great job by taking charge of your sexual health with the use of a condom, which if used correctly, greatly reduces your risk. HIV is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids, and condoms act as a barrier against this exchange.

I also wanted to address your symptoms: there are no specific symptoms of HIV. In fact, certain individuals may never develop symptoms, and for those who do, most symptoms will go away after a few days, or at most, a couple of weeks. This is why the only way to diagnose HIV is to get tested. Because HIV symptoms mirror so many other viral infections or can be explained by other things, we do not go by symptoms here at AIDS Vancouver. If you are interested in testing, all tests here in Canada are considered conclusive 3 months after your most recent exposure.

In terms of the other activities you described: kissing is considered a no risk activity, while giving oral sex is also considered a low risk activity.

I hope I have answered your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

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