|What is my HIV risk?
Dec 11, 2012
Hi there. Thank you in advance for answering my question. You guys do amazing work on this site. Last week, I had a sexual encounter with a man of unknown HIV status (I am also male). I am 23, he is 38. We did not kiss or engage in penetrative sex (oral or anal) because I have been experiencing HIV anxiety for the past couple months and I was afraid of doing anything more than touching. We did engage in mutual masturbation. On the thumb of the hand that touched his penis, I had a small wound from the previous day or two that had already begun healing. I do not believe it came into contact with any pre-cum or cum, but I am not positive. In addition, on the thumb of the other hand that was touching my penis (which he also briefly touched), I had a very small cut that had been bleeding very mildly earlier that day, but had since begun to heal. We both ejaculated, me on my chest, and he on my leg. I wiped the sperm off with a towel, and washed my hands thoroughly. I believe I was careful not to wipe my penis with the same towel I used to wipe off his sperm, but now I cannot remember for sure. Since the encounter, my anxiety has kicked in, and I am worried that some of his sperm might have come into contact with my urethra while I was wiping it off, or that I might have gotten infected through one of the wounds on my hands. I called a helpline to ask whether I was a candidate for PEP, and I was told that I had nothing to worry about, but I have become very anxious. In addition, I came down with a flu-like virus the night after - a sore throat which has since deveoped into a mildly productive cough, without fever. I know there is no way I could already be experiencing ARS symptoms, but I am just very uneasy about the whole situation. I have been experiencing headaches and abdominal discomfort for the past several weeks due to HIV anxiety from a previous low-risk exposure in September (I recently tested negative at 94 days.) Can you tell me my risk of HIV exposure from this most recent encounter?
| Response from Mr. Cordova
The risk in this situation was negligible. Mutual masturbation is a safer-sex activity. Also, any testing done at 90 days or greater can be considered conclusive. Your test at 94 days is conclusive. You are negative from this incident.
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