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Hello, I had protected sex on March 6th 2019 with an new partner ( HIV status unknown ) , she gave me protected oral sex (receive), there was kissing involved. After about three months I developed a few bumps of Molluscum Contagiosum on the base of my penis and around my Thigh area; I received Homeopathic treatment and they are completely gone now. My Doctor advised testing and I got it done -- Hiv 1&2 CMIA, both turned out non-reactive. I have a few questions.

1. Is MCV classified as STI?, I read that people who are HIV + ( immunocompromised ) get MCV. Since I developed MCV about three months after my sexual encounter, does it mean I have a weakened Immune system? and  I am HIV+ ? even though my tests came out negative. 

2. I have inflamed gums and it sometimes bleeds Minuscule ( while brushing mostly ) I'd like to know if HIV is transferable via saliva. 

3. I haven't worked out in over four months and I have observed quite a lot of Muscle  Mass loss in the past month (April 2020) Do I have an underlying condition Like HIV ? 

Note -- I had dengue fever in December 2019 and I lost a few kilos in weight as a result of that. Can Dengue fever cause muscle loss ? Because I haven't lost this much Muscle Mass ever. 

Please Advise. 
Thank you.
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of transmission of HIV through kissing and protected oral sex. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario) because there is no exchange of bodily fluids.
Helpline Transmission Equation .jpgIn regards to your other questions, Molluscum Contagiosum (MC) is primarily seen as a sexually transmitted infection in adults, resulting in the small bumps presenting on the penis and upper thighs as you explained. The MC virus is heavily prevalent, and after initial contact it takes between 2 weeks to 6 months for symptoms to appear (1). In immunocompromised patients it is very difficult to eradicate, because yours cleared up with treatment I do not think it indicates a weakened immune system.

HIV is not transferred via salvia if there is not blood present. Saliva contains enzymes that inactivate any HIV particles. HIV is only transferred via kissing if both partners have sores present in the mouth or severely bleeding gums (2).

There could be many reasons for loss of muscle mass, and it is not conclusive to an HIV infection.

Recommendation: No need for another HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Rashell.


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References:
1.) Molluscum Contagiosum Facts
2.) HIV Transmission Basics


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