Anonymous
Okay so I have read that you cannot get aids, when receiving fellatio. Is this statement true? I received unprotected fellatio about a year ago, I am quite sure the person might have been positive. And every time I had intercourse I used a condom how safe is that? Also what the risk of catching HIV in the work place, I mean the type of work where you get cut and injured alot? Blood transfusion through contact? I have been expierincing pains in my neck, arms, hand, chest, groin legs and feet? What could this pains be? PLEASE I AM REALLY SCARED....
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for choosing the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of information.

As far as HIV transmission goes, for a risk to exist, specific HIV positive fluids (vaginal/anal fluids, blood, semen) must come into direct contact with the blood stream of an HIV negative person. Two activities that put you at a high risk of acquiring HIV are unprotected vaginal/anal intercourse and injecting with shared needles.

Receiving oral sex puts you at a negligible risk. This means that HIV transmission can theoretically can occur, HOWEVER, there has never been a confirmed report of HIV transmission occurring this way.

It is good to hear that you are wearing a condom during intercourse, as it is the best way to protect yourself and others. Protected intercourse puts you at a low risk of acquiring HIV; it is one of the best ways to prevent the transmission of STIs, including HIV.

I cannot really answer your question about risk at the workplace, since there are many different factors to consider and they all affect how to address and answer your question.

I'm not sure what you mean by blood transfusion "through contact". In general, blood transfusions put you at no risk of acquiring HIV. Blood used for transfusions is thoroughly screened and tested for HIV.

As far as your symptoms and pains go, there are no clinical symptoms associated with HIV. This means that no consistent physical symptoms have been observed among people with HIV. With that being said, some infected individuals do experience a strong flu-like illness 2-3 weeks post exposure, and this last for about 8-10 days. However, some infected individuals experience no symptoms at all.
I cannot really comment beyond that. I do suggest that you reach out to a healthcare professional in your area and discuss those issues with him/her.

Also, you may find the following two links to be helpful, as far as answering possible questions and concerns go: [AIDS Vancouver Helpline](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/) and [Smart Sex Resource](http://smartsexresource.com/)

In health,

Moe, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer.
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