Anonymous
Please help me. My first concern is i ate off already bitten food my friend ate off of and then smoked a joint with ny hiv positve friend...who at the time didnt know he was positive. What is the risk there? Also i had sex with someone with whom the condom broke. Six weeks after i took an hiv test which came back negative. Then i gave oral to two different people i was dating and did not allow them to ejaculate into my mouth. They both were separate encounters and both were very ademate about being hiv negative. There was no sex with either one however they had fingered me. Since the last encounter ive had nausea pain in my legs and ankles and i seem to be having vaginal issues such as drainage and pain. And i have one swemingly swollen lymph node behind my ear im terrified to test because i believe my life will be over if i have it. What are the chances that i contracted hiv. Please help me please i dont know what to do
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your concerns. I will go through them one by one.

1.Sharing a bite of food, and sharing a joint did not pose a risk of HIV transmission to you. Additionally, saliva contains an enzyme that actually inhibits the transmission of HIV.

2. Although the condom broke, it still provided you with more protection than not using a condom at all. Testing after 6 weeks is a very good indicator of your status.. However, getting re-tested at 12 weeks after exposure will give you a conclusive result about your HIV status.

3. Giving oral sex is low risk.

4. Fingering presents little to no risk for HIV transmission..

5. Your symptoms - There are no specific symptoms of HIV infection. In fact some people may never develop symptoms while others get strong flu-like symptoms 2-4 weeks after exposure and those symptoms disappear after 8-10 days. The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is through testing done by a laboratory. If your symptoms continue I would encourage you to see a doctor, as it could be an indicator of another medical concern.

6. If you are sexually active, it is worthwhile to think about getting tested regularly for HIV and other STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).

I hope this answers your questions. Please contact the Helpline again in the future if you have other HIV related questions.

Best Wishes,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

helpline@aidsvancouver.org

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Tel. 604-696-4666
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