Anonymous
hi
dear admin
i m appreciating for what u guys are doing
i have a small doubt about hiv
6 months ago i have participated unprotecected intercrural intercourse(placing my pennis between his thighs) vise versa and pennis docking and just rubbed my pennis on his anal surface and no penetration is happened as well as no pre-cum is there. i m not sure about that whether he is hiv positive or not and i have deep kiss with him also at that time we both dont have any oral sores and recently i got cold which lasted for one month(every year it happens similarly i.e it takes one month time to me to recover from cold) ,fever with muscle pain which is lasted for one day and other than that i have no symptoms.

now please answer my question im getting very tense about this am i at risk? pls pls answer my question as early as possible.
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver as your source for HIV/AIDS-related information.

The short answer is that you are at a negligible risk for HIV transmission. Negligible risk means that although there was an exchange of bodily fluids there has never been a confirmed report worldwide of HIV being transmitted in this manner. HIV is a virus that can only be transmitted through the contact of bodily fluids (semen, pre-cum, blood, anal fluids) between an HIV positive and an HIV negative individual through an airtight host. HIV is a very weak virus that dies once it is exposed to air.

Now, let's go through your activities one by one. Placing your penis between your partner's thighs (and vice versa) would expose any bodily fluids to the air, so this is a no risk activity. Rubbing the penis on anal surface also exposes any bodily fluids to the air, so this is also a no risk activity. Penis docking technically may provide an airtight host or the exchange of bodily fluids; however this is a negligible risk activity for the reasons explained above.

As for deep kissing, saliva contains an enzyme that actually inhibits the growth of HIV. Thus, deep kissing has no risk unless there is profuse bleeding caused by invasive dental work or something of that nature.

Cold-like symptoms such as fever and muscle pain are not symptoms related to HIV infection. It is important to realize that there are no clinically defined symptoms of HIV. Let me explain. Some HIV positive individuals experience a strong flu-like illness 2-4 weeks post exposure which disappears within 8-10 days. However, many HIV positive individuals have no symptoms whatsoever. That is why the only conclusive way to know if you have HIV is through testing.

From what you have told us, your activities put you at a negligible risk for HIV infection. However, we recommend all sexually active individuals to get tested for HIV and other STIs on a regular basis.

I trust I have addressed your concerns. If further inquiries arise, please do not hesitate to contact us again.

Sewon, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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