Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
HIV Scare or worried for nothing?
HIV or Scared for no reason?

At a recent conference I visited an "establishment" and had protected sex with a girl.   I've been working hard,
traveling a lot.   It is flu season as well.

5  days after the visit I came down with a cold/flu (sore joints, slight elevated temp).  I've become
very nervous as I've started reading about HIV infection.   In reading more and more and being stressed about this I think I'm starting to manifest these symptoms.

What made me more nervous is that I had cracked skin on my hands the day I visited - quite cracked - not
bleeding or oozing but a little red and cracks deep; I'm concerned that the girl "fluids" may have come
in contact with my skin (I'm sure it did really, it would have had to).

I called the establishment and ask they told me that all girls are checked every few
months ; they assure me the specific  girl had been checked "very recently".

Other people I work with have been sick with the current cold/flu so it's hard to know where is the trueth?

I saw my doctor immediately on feeling sick and he gave me series of tests and asked me to return in 12 weeks for a second series.

I've getting "sick with worry" and I'm not sure that my stress isn't making the flu and symptoms worse.

I'm worried - (very very very very) - am I being over conscious?

Not sure what to do worry or live happy??

Cancel
5 Answers
Page 1 of 1
207091 tn?1337713093
I personally wouldn't worry - the condom offered you great protection against HIV.

Test again at 12 weeks (or earlier if you want - 95% will develop antibodies by 6 weeks), but I don't see cause for worry here.

Aj
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Hi Auntiejessi

Thanks for the comforting response! - My concern is less to do with the protected sex - I'm sure that is fine.

I'm more concerned about the skin cracks on my hand (specifically my finger) - which I inserted small amounts into her backside during the event (not a lot but a little).  The skin was deeply cracked but not bleeding (not like a cut through the skin).   There is no blood (if I put a tissue on the skin it doesn't blot).

Am I safe???

My girlfriend is returning from holidays this week and I'm nervous to have sex at the moment - am I being over worried???

Still got some flu symptoms at (although much less) at day 12 (started feeling a bit sick day 5 after the event).

Still worried!! any advice is good!
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
207091 tn?1337713093
No, I wouldn't worry about the cracks in your hands.  You'd need to have some fairly significant cuts to worry about transmission.

Have you ever seen a doctor for your hands?  There might be some creams or something you could use to help.

Aj
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Hi Auntiejessi

Thanks for the response - I think a lot of people (inlcuding me) do not understand HIV tranmission via blood.

I always thought any broken skin was an issue - but in reading archives it seems that HIV (is that true for HEPB and HEPC as well?) needs real "runinng red open cut need bandage" type wounds?

Could I ask to confirm:

An older cut or a skin split (even if it's red and sore) - as long as they aren't actively running blood/bleeding it isn't a health risk?

Is HEPB/C tranmission similar?

Sf.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
207091 tn?1337713093
Yes, that's true, and true of the heps too.  If the cut isn't open, then its no risk.

You really should see a doctor about your hands, and it doesn't have anything to do with std risk.  A friend of mine gets that on her hands, and her doc has been able to give her a cream that has really helped.

Aj

Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Do you know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Answer
Post Answer
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
STDs / STIs Community Resources