Anonymous
I've been having multiple protected sexual encounters by condom, on some particular occasions, I've received unprotected oral sex by women of unknown status. They were CSW's.

I haven't experienced anything related to ARS but lately, I started developing a rash on my chest and in time, it spread on the lower trunk.. It persists for almost a year. The rash looks like flea bites, some of them resemble pimples.
I don't know what to do, I can't even sleep at night because of it. What do you think?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I understand you are worried about your symptoms, and I will be more than glad to help.

First, I'd like to say that diagnosing an HIV status based on symptoms is extremely inaccurate, and therefore we do not use any symptoms as an indicator of an HIV status. This is because most people that newly acquire HIV show no symptoms, while others may show symptoms that can be very similar to other infections. The only way to know your HIV status is by having a test done.

Now, you mentioned that your sexual encounters were protected. As long as the condom was used properly and remained intact during intercourse, you should have been protected. Also, receiving oral sex is a "negligible risk" activity, meaning that there has never been a documented case of HIV transmission by receiving oral sex. Therefore, you're not at a great risk for acquiring HIV. However, if you're worried, you can always have a test done to give yourself peace of mind. Also, it would be wise to see a healthcare professional in order to find the cause of your rash, as it might be due to a completely separate condition.

Sincerely,

Ali

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