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Hi, I have a history of anxiety worrying about this and I had a couple of general questions I would be grateful if someone could answer, I'm hoping they are broad an all-encompassing enough to cover any possible exposure worry I can think of.
For a hetrosexual male, is the only way you could become infected through needle exchanging or unprotected penetrative sex?
Do vaginal fluids/secretions outside of the vagina (from hands, body, mouth) pose a risk if it comes into contact with a fresh cut on someone else's body?
Do fresh cuts outside of the genetalia represent a risk of being infected when in contact with other fluids?
In a high risk exposure, is it a certainty/hi certainty that you become infected?
Are ARS symptoms worth ignoring due to what they have in common with common infections?
Would an isolated ARS symptom, such as a rash on one part of the body, be disregarded as ARS if it is not accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, flu, chesty cough, or other illness type symptoms?
Did you have an exposure? I will try to answer your questions.
1. Yes, pretty much unless they get it from a blood transfusion or an organ transfusion from an infected person. Medical people take great care for this not to happen, but recently a man was infected by a organ transfusion from a pos person.
4. Noting is certain, but very likely.
5.To my understanding on ARS, it all comes at once around 3 weeks after infection.
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