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Worried, need some advice.
      #91685 - 03/10/04 03:37 AM

I have thoroughly read through the board and am feeling better now than I was before... but I didn't see anything that related directly to the situation I'm in so I thought I'd post, and I'd appreciate any replies.

Six weeks ago, I was planning on having another usual friday night alone, although my roomate stayed home this time too. We bought a couple of six packs and I got pretty sloshed. Anyway, this girl who he had been seeing stopped by with a friend- and one thing led to another. She gave me unprotected oral sex, and there was a lot of heavy kissing, which I know by itself virtually is no-risk. Later on in the evening we had protected sex, although she must have either been going through her cycle or something happened and there was contact with blood. When the condom was pulled off there was a streak of blood where the end of the condom would have been. I freaked out and cleaned it off immediately with disenfectant soap. That was what got me to thinking about possible HIV exposure. The last six weeks have been the most miserable of my life. I live in Wyoming, where our *Reported* cases are very low (although I know a lot of people who have it have never been tested) but I'm still worried and I can't get it out of my mind. I don't want to do a test until three months (which is another seven weeks) and can't bear this worry anymore.

To top it off- right about the four and a half week mark I got bronchitis- although I get bronchitis three or four times every year. It also may have been a sinus infection, because my readily re-fillable anti-biotics cleared it right up in three days. I didn't have headache, rash, sore-throat or anything really beyond post-nasal drip and a wet cough like I always have when this pain in the *** sinus infection/bronchitis hits me every so often, but I'm worried this may be the "flu like" symptoms they warn of after possible HIV exposure. Should I even worry about getting tested? And what are the chances?

Thanks In Advance.

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Re: Worried, need some advice. new
      #91719 - 03/10/04 02:02 PM

So the condom broke and you came into some contact with her blood? I just want to make sure I understand the situation. According to the CDC, condom breakage rarely results in infection. Your risk is small, but still a risk. I would recommend getting tested now and again at 13 weeks. A six-week negative result would be a good sign since most people (95%) who are going to seroconvert do so by then. And seeing a negative result now may make the next seven weeks go by a little bit easier. Good luck, keep us posted.

Life is meant for living, not fearing.

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Re: Worried, need some advice. new
      #91726 - 03/10/04 07:35 PM

The condom didn't break.... she saw the blood and pulled it off so I didn't have to. Somehow, a streak of blood got on me right near my pelvic area. As far as I know it never touched the tip of the penis or anywhere else, there was definately no visable blood anywhere else anyway. As far as I know I had no cuts or sores there, and I washed the area and my hands thoroughly afterwards. I don't know what kind of a risk that is. I am just going to go get tested and stop the worrying. But if anyone has any more advice please post.

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Re: Worried, need some advice. new
      #91728 - 03/10/04 07:47 PM

Once the virus hits Oxygen it dies, you are fine. You did you part and preformed safe sex, the little blood on your pelvic area could not in any way, shape, or form infect you.

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Re: Worried, need some advice. new
      #91745 - 03/10/04 10:16 PM

I agree with Gman.
Blood would have to get up inside your penis to be a threat - This did not happen if condom did'nt break.
Relax your HIV negative.

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