Anonymous
Hi I have a question. I shaved my pubic area and a day later had Sex with a woman at high risk for HIV. I used a condom but I noticed that I had itchiness and inflammation where I had shaved with red bumps and general redness where hair was starting to grow back. I didn't have any cuts. What is my risk of being infected if a lot of her vaginal fluid came in contact with this red, itchy and inflamed skin at base of penis not covered by condom that I shaved. I am worried because I read that having superficial inflammation increases number of regional white blood cells and can increase risk. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline forum.

It sounds like you are distressed about having acquired HIV. You are taking a great step for your health by asking about your risk of having acquired HIV.

There is no risk of having acquired HIV if her vaginal fluid came in contact with your inflamed skin. In order for you to be at a high risk, there would have to be open cuts that needed immediate medical attention. Also, Superficial cuts are no way a direct access of the virus to the blood stream. The risk of acquiring HIV is more dependent on the access into the bloodstream, not on the number of regional white blood cells.
In addition, because you used a condom you are at a low risk for acquiring HIV. The low risk comes from the human error, for example if the condom broke, then there would be direct access to the bloodstream (through your urethra in the penis).

I hope I clearly answered your question about your risk level after having sex with a women at high risk for HIV. If you need further information, feel free to visit out website. If you are in the BC area, you can even call our AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

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