Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: TheBodyPRO.com Covers AIDS 2014
   
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


EXPOSURE TO HIV
May 25, 2003

Dear Robert,

I recently had unprotected anal sex with a woman who I found out later was infected with HIV. I tested for HIV twices during the window period at 10 days and at 6 weeks and both were negative...although not conclusive, my doctor tells me that the newer Elisa tests normally show signs of hiv on average within a month. Is this true? Also, using a lot of lubrication and being circumsized and having sex for only about 20 seconds are mitigating factors, right? According to our health agency (depending on who you speak to) they tell me that even if she was hiv positive, if no blood was visible, I should be ok. Is this true? What do you think my chances are of contracting the virus?

Thanks.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Unprotected anal sex with an HIV-positive woman is "unprotected," so there is a risk. No one can say with 100% assurance that you are "OK." Certainly, the factors you mention circumcision, brief exposure, no trauma, etc. would decrease potential risk. Your HIV tests prior to 3 months cannot be considered definitive. Yes, the odds are very much in your favor, but youll still need that 3-month test. And dont forget your raincoat next time!

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



Previous
oi's from animals
Next
NEEDLE STICK-YOUR ADVISED PLEASE

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement