Jan 15, 2010
I know protected sex is safe when it comes to Hepatitis B (and A & C for that matter) and HIV, but I also know oral transmission through fellatio is still being debated among researchers/doctors...for HBV anyway. HIV is no risk according to everyone here.
I'm a straight guy. However, in the past, I've been curious and so I've had a few encounters with other men. (I regret doing anything with any of these men and will never do anything again). Anyway, I had one session of unprotected sex, three times I'd done protected sex, and a few unprotected oral encounters, both giving and receiving. I've worried over STDs, especially HIV and Hepatitis as of late. I haven't been with anyone in at least six months, except for one time around three months ago (just an estimate) when I was involved in a very short session of exchanging oral sex...yes, with a man. By 'very short', I mean I performed for no longer than 30 seconds and received for about the same amount of time, with no ejaculation either way around. Anywhere from a month to two months afterwards, I tested for HIV (I had to test anyway, since I never had before). Negative. About a month after testing for HIV, I get a Hepatitis Panel Test for A, B & C. Negative. I hear three months is conclusive for Hepatitis testing. But I don't have such a good memory when it comes to remembering exactly WHEN things happened. In this case, I honestly can't even remember which month I had this brief encounter in. I know if was before November, but it could have been in October or September, likely October. Late October or early October, I don't know. I was tested for Hep. on December 23rd. If there's anyone here that knows alot about Hepatitis, I would like to know, if the encounter occured in, let's say, late October, could I rely on those results? What would you say are the chances I even caught HBV from such a brief oral encounter? I've read from advice the doctors here have given people before, that 6 weeks would likely show whether the person had Hepatitis or not, yet never said that was conclusive. I also read it has never been documented to be transmitted through oral sex. I think my minor, brief exposure, paired with being negative at 6 weeks, added to the fact it's not generally believed to be transferred orally, I would like to say it's very likely I don't have Hepatitis. But I know I can't say that for certain. I don't need to worry over Hepatitis C, I know that much. As for Hepatitis A, I also don't need to worry. But even if I did, contracting this wouldn't even be a problem, as it's not even serious.
I've been told I had no risk at all with HIV from this encounter (I took another test yesterday morning, just to put my mind at ease). Needless to say, it was negative. So my negative results at 3 months (could be a week or two short of the recommended 12 weeks) combined with the fact that you guys assure myself and many others oral sex isn't even a risk, I'm sure I can safely say I don't have HIV. So let's get that out of the way and focus on this other dreaded disease.
I post this as a journal entry so that maybe someone who doesn't normally hang around the Hepatitis B forum, yet knows much about the disease, can hopefully see this and help me. Also because I've posted in the Hepatitis B forum before and, unlike the HIV Prevention forum, there doesn't seem to be any people who are very well informed and confident in their information of the disease. I'm currently unable to ask the doctors here themselves in their forums, so here I am.