Anonymous
Dear Doctors.
Please pardon my bad english. I have a problem that I seriously need your help. One week ago. I had 3 sex workers performed oral sex on me. Each of them took turns and I didn't ejaculate. About 2 months ago, at the bottom/ root of my penis, it feft itch a lot, i scratched it and then had some sores/scratchs (about 1 cm long each). no blood, some hurt when I touch them. When I went to the sex worker I still felt the itch in my penis and had the scratchs/ sore in the positions as described above.
I now have sore throats, sore lips and coughing. I fear that when I had oral sex the blood of the sex workers in their mouths or remained semen from the previous clients my went through the sores/scratchs (which carried HIV virus with them) cause me exposed to HIV.
Dear Doctor, Please Enlighten me if such situations could happen. Am I exposed to HIV? I am extremely worried.
Thank you.
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Anonymous

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission and some symptoms that you have been experiencing.

Receiving Oral sex is considered a Negligible Risk activity. This means that there is a potential for HIV transmission because it involves the exchange of body fluids. However, there has never been a confirmed report. Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV and once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen, it can no longer transmit.

We currently do not attribute any symptoms to HIV, whereas HIV presents itself differently in different people. The symptoms that you have been experiencing could be indicative of other viral infections. Therefore, I would encourage you to speak with your doctor. Your doctor can provide you with a treatment plan for your symptoms.

Here at AIDS Vancouver we encourage everyone to make HIV testing a part of their regular healthcare maintenance routine. If you feel that you would like to have an HIV test, you can ask you doctor for one.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • The Body


  • Thanks again for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary

    AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
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