HIV Transmission Inquiry
Feb 23, 2014
I recently engaged in unprotected vaginal intercourse with a male four months ago. I found out they are extremely sexually active with both males and females and are rarely sexually protected. They have yet to be tested. There was no ejaculation involved in our singular sexual encounter. I am scheduled to receive an HIV test within the month but am worried sick over the likelihood of me contracting HIV. Should I worry less? I am still going through with testing, regardless. I am just curious if I am over-freaking out.
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi You had unprotected sex and when you do you put yourself at risk for all of the sexually transmitted infections. So yes you need to get tested.
The testing guidelines for HIV are to be initially tested at 3 weeks post exposure and then again at 90 days. As long as there are no other exposures happened during this time frame than the results are conclusive.
HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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