Anonymous
Hello
I have seen in different forms that Hiv cannot be infected through Hand-to-gential (mutual masturbation) and also through frottage. But I see in some forums that people are infected with these activities.

I had a frottage and mutual masturbation in 2009 with a sex provider. I haven't tested from then assuming that this is not a way to get Hiv.

Now in 2016, I have been having dry cough since last 4 months which did not respond to antibiotics, counter medecine. I am worried if it is because of HIV

Is Dry cough alone a possible symptom of Hiv after 7- 8 years? . I do not have any other symptoms including fever, rashes.. etc.

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Anonymous
Thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver with your question.

It seems you are concerned that the dry cough might indicate that you have HIV. We are glad to provide some information.

Engaging in oral sex has different levels of HIV related risk. Receiving oral sex is considered a Negligible Risk activity. This means that there are no confirmed reports of HIV transmission from this activity.

Giving oral sex is considered Low Risk activity. This means that there have been a few confirmed cases of HIV transmission from this activity. However the only way one can determine their HIV status is by getting tested as some symptoms might be the result of other viral infections not related to HIV. We have no way of determining that the cough is a symptom of HIV infection so getting tested will be the best method.

At Aids Vancouver we encourage people to use HIV testing as a regular health maintenance routine. This means getting tested once or twice a year. If you have further questions feel free to contact us again

Thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver

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Lawrence

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