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3 calls to CDC, 3 diff responses - please help!
      #90882 - 03/01/04 01:47 PM

About 3 weeks ago I received protected oral from a high risk individual. I know that since I used a condom, that would be considered an extremely low-risk activity. But in the process, the individual extensively licked an area where I had shaved about 45 minutes earlier - I did not notice or feel any cuts at that time.

I called CDC to inquire about the risk from getting infected through saliva if I had a tiny cut or abrasion from shaving that I hadn't felt. The first councilor told me that the risk was very slight if any, and that even if there were a cut that I did not notice, the saliva itself does not transmit the virus.

The 2nd time I called (I forgot to ask about possibility of blood in the mouth), I was told that the events as described above presented virtually NO risk, and that I shouldn't worry at all, and that even if my partner had had blood in their mouth, the saliva would neutralize the virus, and would prevent transmission. He said the only way that that would not be the case, would be if the person were bleeding "profusely and visibly" from the mouth.

The 3rd time I called (please tell me you understand this bizarre behavior) I was told once again that I was safe with the protected oral, but I might be at risk from the saliva if even a tiny bit of blood was present in the giver's mouth. I said that I was pretty sure I had no cuts after I shaved, and that I had put moisturizing lotion on the area immediately after, but the councilor said I was still at risk, although it was low.

So - I can't seem to get a definitive answer. The 2nd councilor seemed to be the most knowledgable, but they all must be somewhat qualified, right?

Once and for all - I had a condom on for the oral, I did not have any cuts or abrasions in my shaved area that I noticed, but I can't say for certain - and I did not see or notice any blood in the mouth of the giver - still I'm losing sleep and worried sick, and it's having an effect on my quality of life right now. Should I be worried? 10 weeks until I can get tested and know for sure. How can I possibly make it that long?

Please help.

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Re: 3 calls to CDC, 3 diff responses - please help! new
      #90883 - 03/01/04 02:02 PM

Since you used a condom, you not only protected yourself from HIV (which would only theoretically transmit if the person had a mouthful of blood) but also from syphillis, herpes, and gonorrhea.

As for the licking, if the person didn't have a mouthful of blood and if your shaved area wasn't full of openly bleeding cuts, you are fine. Saliva does not transmit HIV and even if the person had a mouthful of blood, the virus can not penetrate intact skin.

Now, as for calling the CDC over and over. I have been there my friend. I called them so many times they started to recognize my voice. Here is the thing with that hotline, most people who you turn to for information tend to put their own spin on the information. A different word here or there could sound completely different to you and make you freak out. It did for me. I find the Safe Sex forum on this site to be the most informative and consistent. I would stick with thebody for your STI-related questions.

So no, you don't need to be tested for anything since you didn't do anything to put yourself at risk. If you need additional proof, just post your concerns to Dr. Bob in the Safe Sex forum on this site, I'm sure he will tell you the same things I did. Take care.

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Re: 3 calls to CDC, 3 diff responses - please help new
      #90897 - 03/01/04 05:59 PM

Thank you for your encouraging words. The worst part is, I'm beginning to "feel" all the ARS symptoms (except for fever and headache, but I'm sure those are on the way). I feel tired and have been rubbing my neck so much checking for swollen glands, I'm sure I've irritated them myself.

anyway - thanks again for your words and information - I sincerely hope you're right.

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Re: 3 calls to CDC, 3 diff responses - please help new
      #90965 - 03/02/04 08:23 AM

You can trust that I am, however check with Dr. Bob if you need further clarification. He is the expert after all!

Your "symptoms" are all anxiety-driven. Once you learn that you were not at risk, your symptoms will disappear. Trust me, I speak from experience.

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