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South African Idiot

Nov 26, 2006

Hi Dr. Bob

Firstly, let me compliment you on your fabulous forum and the invaluable help you provide for aso many all around the world.

Secondly, I do hope you can provide me with a little help. I did I stupid thing over the weekend. I had drunken sex with a woman of unknown status. I used a condom but in the beginning I was inside of her for about a minute without a condom. We used lubrication from the beginning so I am hoping that may have prevented any potetial skin cuts etc. It couldn't have been for than a minute and I don't know her status but I do know that obviously she was wet and I was for that minute exposed. I fel like a complete idiot and I know that I need to get tested at 3 months but at the moment I am going mad with fear. Please can you inform me of how much risk I am in? Is there any chance that perhaps I haven't contracted the disease? any at all? I'm such an idiot.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello South African,

The estimated-risk statistics for unprotected sex really don't change from situation to situation. Just check the archives and you'll see that I've quoted the same statistics at least a gazillion times. The estimated per-act risk for acquisition of HIV from unprotected insertive penile-vaginal sex with a partner confirmed to be HIV positive is 5 per 10,000 exposures. Your estimated risk would be somewhat less, because we do not know the HIV status of your partner and your exposure was brief. So is there any chance at all that you did not contract HIV? Yes, of course. In fact, the odds are very much in your favor! A single HIV test at the three-month mark will provide you with an accurate and definitive result.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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