I once read that during vaginal sex activity, HIV can infect the male through the glans, the inner penis foreskin and the urethra. But, I also read that the infection is only possible to happen as long as the penis stays inside the vagina where the virus never leave the human body. (1) Can you verify that is true? So, if that is true, (2) may I conclude that HIV infection is ONLY possible to happen as long as the virus don't leave the human body, no matter whether it is vaginal sex or anal sex?
I did mutual masturbation with a guy. When he ejaculated, his semen landed on my penis and touched my glans, inner foreskin and the external urethra on the tip of my penis. Assuming that he is HIV+ and not on treatment, (3) can HIV infect me that way?
We also did french kissing. From what I have read, you always say that there must be a significant amount of blood presents in mouth for HIV to be able to infect someone. But, (4) how much blood exactly? My gum sometimes is bleeding after I brush my teeth. Slightly bleeding that I have to suck my gum in order to find blood in my saliva. (5) Can enzymes in saliva render HIV in blood to unable to infect?
I had fever one week after that event, the fever lasted for just one day (I took aspirin). Two weeks after that event, I noticed small red dots along my leg, they are not itchy or hurt at all and they disappeared next day (I did nothing to treat those red dots). Four weeks after that event, I had mild sore throat (I am still able to eat and drink without feeling any significant pain), it still exists until now (already two days). (6) Are all the symptoms I mention above HIV-related?
It has been a month and I am planning to do home test. (7) Can I trust iCare Home Rapid HIV Test Kit? Is that test kit really accurate?
I am waiting for your responses, Shannon. Thank you.
P.S: I am sorry for my bad English.
HIV transmission from women to men carries a risk but it is very small. Transmission happens when there is an open sore and the woman has a very high viral load and even with that the risk is still small.
HIV does begin to die once it leaves the body and becomes unable to infect.
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.
The risk of HIV transmission with oral sex is extremely low. It is even reasonable to state that for the person receiving oral sex (that is on whom oral sex is being performed) the risk of acquisition of the virus is practically zero. For the person placing his or her mouth on someone else's genitals, the risk may be slightly higher but still very very low. Theoretically, obvious cuts, wounds, sores, or infections in the mouth could raise this risk. But relatively speaking this is still considered to be a low-risk sexual activity as the mouth is not a hospitable place for the HIV virus. Please note that other sexually transmitted infections are readily spread via oral contact and you may need to be checked for these.
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. Home testing kits offer the same accuracy as having it done at an agency or by your health care provider.
I hope I was able to answer all of your questions.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon