HIV Risks and Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

Learn about the symptoms (or lack of them) of HIV infection, those of other viruses or anxiety, and those of advanced HIV (also known as AIDS). But remember, only an HIV test can tell you for sure if you have HIV.

By Roger Pebody

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My Son Paid a Woman for Sex. What's His Risk for HIV?

My 22-year-old son recently informed me that he lost his virginity with a woman who charged him. He told me the sex was protected with a latex condom. He received unprotected oral sex as well.

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

HIV Fears Two Years After Unprotected Receptive Anal Sex: What If HIV Tests Were Wrong?

Two years ago, I had unprotected receptive anal sex with someone whose HIV status I don't know. I was tested at three weeks (with a fourth-generation test), and it was negative.

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

I'm on PrEP, but I Swallowed Someone's Semen. Am I at Risk for HIV?

Q: I have been on PrEP for close to a year. A week ago, I sucked a person two times, they came in my mouth, and I swallowed twice. Now I'm super anxious, even though I'm on PrEP. What if I get infected?

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

Are STI Rates Rising Because of Our Successes in HIV Prevention and Treatment?

I was at a talk recently where there was a 'debate' that PrEP and U=U have led to higher rates of STIs. Is this true?

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

"manscaping" before sex?

I have a question. I am a sexually active male and I like to "manscape" (my preference) so that I can look smooth. So I have been going to see "escorts" but before doing the deed. I manscape hours 2 before sexual activity. I practice safe sex. I use ...

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

Help me - condom didn't cover penis

i sent 2 email already but still missing the answer , pls help me , i very panic and worried about something i just know and iam very sorry about my english but pls help I have sex with sex worker, i used condom and my penis is uncircumcised and my i...

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

I am on PrEP and had sex with HIV positive undetectable

I am on prep and have been taking my meds consistently everyday. But recently I had unprotected sex with a guy who was HIV positive undetectable. Even though he told me it's undetectable but since I don't know him, I can't be sure. I have been very s...

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

Escort addiction and STDs

Dear Damon, My last sexual encounter was 3 weeks ago. This would mark my 7 sexual encounter in the course of one year. All of them have been protected vaginal and oral sex. In my last encounter, the woman licked my testicles for a few seconds and we ...

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

Unprotected anal as the bottom?

Thank you all so much for the information you out out on here!!! Had a possible exposure a few weeks back and researching tirelessly and there is so much info out there but also so much noise that it is very confusing!!! I was the bottom for unprotec...

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

Butt pain

While I was having sex My condom broke open I did not notice any symptoms But after 12 days I started feeling butt pain Below abdomen and above rectal This middle area is pain This pain comes and goes Could it be an std I got tested for hiv it came b...

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.