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Retro52
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Hello again,
A few months ago I posted about beig worried about HIV from performing oral sex on a male. It's been 3 months since then and is around the time I planned to get tested anyways, so I'm going to soon. However, I know you have said in posts to people before that you should just get regular testing and not focus on certain exposures getting tested for them specifically. My question is though, since it's been three months since oral sex I'd feel like a negative result would mean I didn't acquire HIV from that. But the same person gave cunniligus about a month later. So is this another risk for HIV transmission? Or when I get tested, can I know for sure I don't have HIV? I have had no other sexual contact other than those two things in the past 3 months. And since my last test, all I've had is someone fingered me once (please let me know if that is a risk for contracting HIV as well). Thanks.

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Robin Lee
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Hi Retro52
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HIV is mainly spread through the following body fluids: blood, semen and other penile secretions, vaginal secretions, and breast milk

So, unles the person doing the fingering has an open cut on their finger, risk of transmission from them to you isn't at all likely.

The risk from cunnilingus is low, as saliva is not known to transmit the virus, so unless the person had open cuts or bleeding gums, HIV transmission is unlikely.

The soundest way to figure out what tests you need and when is to go talk with a healthcare provider, share your sexual history with them, and discuss when you need to be tested and what tests you need. Do you have a healthcare provider or clinic you can go to?

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Retro52
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Yes I do. I guess all I want to know is if I go get tested tomorrow and it is negative, can I accept that as negative or could I have gotten HIV from someone performing cunnilungus on me?
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Robin Lee
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As I said above, HIV transmission from someone performing cunnilingus is less likely than through other means, based on what we know about how HIV is transmitted. These are questions you can ask your healthcare provider, though. They're their to answer questions, not just to administer the tests. [Smile]

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Retro52
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I know. And I will ask. I suppose I just want to put any potential fears I have to rest and getting tested this week would help me with that, and now that I realize I may have to wait another month to do so and get an accurate result upsets me. I just want to know if I should go ahead and do it and feel better if it's negative or if the cunnilingus act itself warrants testing.
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That would be a really good question to ask your health care provider. Do you have an appointment in to see them?

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Retro52
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Yes. I'd just like to know before hand so I don't waste time going in and I'm uncomfortable callig and asking them that which is why I'm here for you alls opinion.
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Well, as I said above, saliva is not one of the fluids known to transmit HIV. However, if the person's gums were bleeding or they had an open cut or sore in their mouth, there could be a higher risk of transmission. I really can't advise you on when to get tested though. I know it's uncomfortable to speak these concerns and questions out loud, but health care providers hear everything.

You're also not wasting time getting tested as there are plenty of other tests that it's sound to get and the results of which are known to be accurate after two months. So, I'd suggest either calling your provider and asking how long after receiving oral sex you should wait before you get tested, or going in for an appointment and asking them there.

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Retro52
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Thank you. I see that it is a low enough risk that I won't worry about it and just get HIV tested for the risk when I performed oral sex. Thanks.
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Hello again I had one more question before my testing. I've heard hive rapid blood tests can have false positives but have gotten mixed answers from health care professionals about the topic. Do you know if some sort of ill was such as having seasonal allergies can cause a false positive test? The last thing I need is to go in and get a false positive since I have allergies.
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Rapid testing is not perfect, and blood testing is more accurate, but it's a pretty subtle difference.

But the right person to ask about which test is right for you is your healthcare provider.

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I just wasn't getting a great answer from them and was hoping you could she'd some light on it for me and on false positives. I just don't want to go in right now and be scared for no reason.
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Also I was curious, heather, on your opinions on whether or not you could catch HIV from manual stimulation of a mans fingers? A lot of my friends are curious about this as it seems to be a debated topic.
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Heather
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With any kind of testing, the only sound people to talk to about decisions with that are the people who'd provide your tests. If you don't feel confident in your healthcare provider's opinions with that, then it's time to seek out different providers whose expertise you DO trust. Know what I mean?

Manual sex is not something that has been associated with HIV transmission.

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Also, just so you have some extra info on your concerns about rapid testing, why don't you have a look at this: http://aids.about.com/od/hivtesting/a/rapidhiv.htm

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That's great thank you so much!
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You got it. [Smile]

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