Anonymous
Hi,

I was forced to give oral sex for almost half a dozen times to two of my seniors back when I was in high school. This happened 20 years ago. I never tested for hic; my partner did when we were planning for kids and she is negative. I am still scared though that I might have hiv. Do you think I had a risky exposure? Also is it possible to live 20 years without any symptoms?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to help you.

It sounds like you had a traumatic experience in high school. It is my hope that you have access to resources to discuss and deal with your experience 20 years ago, should you need them.

Giving oral sex is considered to be a low risk activity. This is because there is limited access for a bodily fluid carrying the virus to enter your bloodstream through the mouth (it could get in through open cuts/sores in the mouth, however). Furthermore, saliva is an enzyme that works to help stop the transmission of HIV. The good news is is that all HIV tests are considered conclusive after 3 months post-exposure, so if you were to take a test now the results will be conclusive. Keep in mind that medical testing is the only true way to determine your HIV status, and for this reason you may wish to consider getting one done.

With regards to symptoms, it is possible to live with HIV and show no symptoms. This is why we don't go by symptoms to determine HIV status here at AIDS Vancouver. Symptoms aren't reliable as a way to determine a positive or negative status.

I hope I have answered your questions. If you have any more, please feel free to contact us again. We are also able to give you information with regards to testing sites, or counsellor services.

In health,

Caroline

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online Volunteer

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm PST

604-253-0566 ext 299

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