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      #26546 - 01/07/02 11:26 PM

First, I am DEEPLY sorry to hear of INFECTED's results...this is a bad day for all of of our own has become infected..

However, we all need to examine this very closely!!

I do want to say that I have read every single post of his and I cannot for the life of me figure out how he was infected. He says he used a condom, assuming it did not break etc, then that is 99.9% safe. Then their is the issue of the shaved area..well, that could be it, because that area was still susceptable to the virus..but even then it is still not the greatest odds.. So many studies of mixed couples where there were NO infections using condoms...

So, either there is more to the story, this is a hoax ( I am NOT implying anything), or all of the studies saying how safe condoms are are now wrong ( I do not think so) anyone out there help me understand this.,.we ALL need to know. People have sex w. poz people all the time and remain -, this is a fact.

1- The virus needs to penetrate the skin and have access to the bloodstream..fact. How could this have happened???
2-The condom keeps HIV OUT. Proven over and over.
3-Was there a sore on the penis?
4-Was there another sore that was open and not visible ..under the penis, the scrotum something?
5-Was there a hole in the condom?

Help me and us all...!

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      #26549 - 01/07/02 11:56 PM

ok i know i am going to get hell for this but so be it.i just want to say that i do happen to agree with some of the things you said also i am not in any way implying a hoax but in my time here i have seen it.but with the risk he has stated in his encounter i am also wondering if there wasnt maybe another encounter were he may have been exposed because what he stated the risk were almost nill ,however if he was infected this way i would encourage him to speak with his id about his "low" risk exposure because maybe its not so low risk after all.

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      #26550 - 01/08/02 12:05 AM

I am also deeply sorry for his positive result. I hope he does a lot of research, and finds a good HIV specialist who can help him live out a normal, healthy life. HIV is not a death sentence, and some people remain perfectly healthy and happy even though they are HIV+.

But I agree that we must learn from his misfortune, if possible. Condoms are not 100%, so I tend to think the condom messed up somehow. Maybe the vaginal secretions made their way down into the condom from the opening at the base of the penis? Or maybe the condom might have ripped, but I think he said he thought it seemed like the condom was okay. Assuming his condom did not rip, then maybe the infection happened while he was taking the condom off. Think about it, the outside of the condom would be covered in vaginal secretions, and he'd have to be very careful not to touch himself near the urethra. Since he was drunk, maybe he touched himself there while his hands were still wet from the condom.

If these scenarios are false, then we must conclude that the recently shaved skin is a higher risk than we thought. It could be possible that little cuts or bad razor burn might allow virus into the bloodstream. Or else he is the first documented case of transmission to the penetrative oral partner.

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