Anonymous
Someone please advise me. Assess my risk. Please. A few days ago, I had unprotected oral sex with an HIV positive undetectable guy. I did not swallow, and there was no ejaculation. However, I think he did have precum and then he told me a few days after, that he is HIV positive with an undetectable viral load, and the the has been so for five years. I am still freaking out, as my education on this is quite low. What does this all mean? I am suffering from severe anxiety at the moment because of it. How long should I wait until I get tested? Any tips advice, risk assessment? Please! Thank you! Also I don't really have sex, I only gave that one blow job, and I haven't done anything else since 2013, which was the same thing, but I had gotten tested since that last time and was negative. I am so scared about this last time, please help!
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. This is a really great question, and we can understand why you might be feeling a bit scared. We're happy to answer this question for you.

Giving unprotected oral sex, no matter the HIV status of those involved, is considered a low risk activity. What this means is that while transmission is theoretically possible, specific conditions are also usually observed when transmission occurs. This means that also required for transfer are that you had major dental work with open wounds, for example.

When people become infected with HIV, the virus replicates within cells in the blood. A count of the number of individual viruses is detectable in the blood, and this number is subject to change when the person starts anti-retroviral medication. Antiretrovirals actively suppress the replication of the virus in the blood, to the point where the virus is no longer detectable. People undetectable are also much less likely to transmit the virus.

If you wanted to get tested after this situation, you'd need to wait at least 3 months for a test to show your status conclusively. If you've never been for a test, we'd definitely recommend you go as we recommend it for all sexually active individuals.

Thanks a lot for your question to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline, we hope it was been answered fully, and that it eases any concerns you might have.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

helpline.aidsvancouver.org



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