|ABOUT HIV WORRY
Apr 10, 2014
sir i am a male(19 years old) had sex 2times in last 25 days(with condoms)with russian sex workers for 10 minutes.i don't know whether they have hiv or not.i am sure my condoms ddn't broke.i had fever with flu last weeek for 3days i took antibiotics and it was cured.then now again i am having flu with fever.now i am staying in russia ,st petersburg.here the climate is cold.my worry is i have hiv symptoms or what? please reply me sir
| Response from Ms. Southall
Hi 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.
Condoms are effective in the prevention of HIV transmission, as long as they are used correctly and do not break or slip off.
The symptoms you experienced were too soon for HIV. You most likely picked up a flu or cold or quite possibly another sexually transmitted infection which are much easier to get than HIV. You may want to get a follow up examination if you symptoms continue, but again the immediate symptoms you experienced are too soon for HIV.
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.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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