Anonymous
Dear Sir,
Before 21 days I had some sexual activity with a prostitute whose hiv status is unknown.(now I am thinking she is HIV positive).I never did any intercourse with her. I just touched vaginal area with my hand( I never did fingering too).That time one cut(not actively bleeding) was there in my hand which happened few hours before this activity.I am having nail biting habit(I am having a habit of biting skin at the tip of finger too).The vaginal fluid of the lady might have come in contact with the cut in my hand).After this I put one glouse on my hand(now the vaginal fluid on the cut in finger is inside glouse where there is no air present)
After 3 days of this incident I started experienced sore throat without mucus and pain in glands in my neck sore throat gone after 5 days.Now I feel that the area under my chin is swollen and small fordyce spots on my genital area and body pain.Whether It is because of HIV infection?
Whether I have to take HIV test?
Kindly give replay to my question.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during an encounter. We're happy to answer your question for you.

This is a no risk situation. To understand why, know that HIV is a a very fragile virus that is rendered intransmissible on exposure to air. Any virus potentially in that fluid would not be able to be transmitted to you. Also consider the transmission equation:
HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• 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
You'll see that required for transfer are all of a fluid involved in transfer, an activity involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. This does not involve an activity involved in transfer, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream to any significant extent. For these reasons, this is a no risk situation.

As for the symptoms you are experiencing, we at AIDS Vancouver are not healthcare providers, so cannot comment on them. However, HIV infections are never diagnosed based on symptoms alone, simply because the symptoms of an HIV infection are quite common to many other common medical conditions. Testing is the only way to diagnose an HIV infection. If you're concerned about any symptoms you're experiencing, we'd encourage you to see a healthcare provider.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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