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Am I infected?
      07/11/13 08:07 AM

I am very afraid that I might be infected with HIV.

Five weeks ago, I had a small wart (about 1mm in diameter) removed from near the base of my penis. The cauterization left a wound (about 2mm in diameter) that quickly scabbed over.

Two weeks later in the Southeast Asian country where I live, I had protected vaginal and anal sex with a prostitute whose HIV status I did not know. The condom started out covering the scab, but at a certain point I pulled out and noticed that it was covering only about half the shaft, at which point I pulled it back down again to cover the exposed part of the shaft, including the wound. After we finished, I examined the wound. To my shock and horror, the scab had been knocked off, and I could see my blood around the rim of the wound. This blood was where the scab had joined the skin. The blood wasn't running, but when I daubed it with a white towel, a bit of the blood stayed on the towel. I am sure that her vaginal fluid came into contact with the wound and am greatly worried that HIV could have entered my body through the wound, if indeed the woman was infected with it.

I am very depressed and anxious. The dermatologist who removed the wart says I should get tested at six weeks. That would be three weeks from today. I worry that my fear and anxiety will consume me before then and that I won't be able to cope if it is confirmed that I have HIV.

As for possible symptoms of ARS, I have dry mouth, and the glands in my neck and under my jaw hurt, and I feel a pain in my right groin where a lymph node would be, but I have no discernible fever, no nausea, no vomiting.

What is my risk of having become infected with HIV? Any help or advice would be most appreciated as I am very afraid.

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