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Hi all,

My situation is as follows. Approximately four weeks ago I had unprotected oral (insertive partner) with a female, I am a male. And I also fingered her for quite some time, deep with my fingers.

My concern is not the oral as she did not appear to be bleeding nor did I have any cuts on my penis. My concern is during the fingering, I had used a finger that had a relatively new cut. I recall the cut being quite deep when I got it, but during the fingering it was not bleeding, it was a few hours old before I inserted them into her vagina.

I have also had protected vaginal sex with this girl on three seperate occasions months ago. Again, not too concerned about this since it was protected.

This girl, I have found out, gets around quite a bit. She told me shes had unprotected sex on three occasions.

Approximately three weeks since my encounter with her, I became incredibly ill. Fever of 102, chills, sore throat, fatigue, cough (already had a cough, but became even more dry) and sinus congestion. This made me quite concerned since I had already been sick 5 weeks prior to this. I went to the doctor and he stated I may have bronchitis, I started the medication that same day and began feeling better the following day. It is now the third day and I have no fever, minor chills, minor sore throat, still have the cough. I also requested an HIV test from him that day too.

My HIV test was done 24 days post-exposure. I have realized this may have been to early for a third gen elisa?

Now I realize when the mind goes into panic mode, it begins to create symptoms which arent necessarily there. So I will spare you on those.

I am wondering what my level of risk is?


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One of the best things my care provider ever told me is that when you hear hoof beats, you should think horses, not zebras. In other words, if there is an obvious, common answer, that's probably it rather than being the unusual one.

In this case, it sounds like some kind of virus or flu bug that you had which made you sick. It's still very much the time of year that those things are common. Given your symptoms and your care provider's assessment, it seems like bronchitis is likely. (Your still having a cough would fit with that diagnosis.)

Now, that's not to say that your worry is completely out in left field. As I'm sure you know, when we've got open wounds (even if they're not bleeding at the time), it's best to keep them clean, dry, and away from other people's mucus membranes and bodily fluids. When you've got a cut, you want it to be truly healed closed (several days rather than just a few hours) before you're putting that area into contact with other people. Bacterial infections and the like can be spread when we don't protect those openings in our skin. We can't give you an exact percentage on what (specifically) you may have been exposed to or exactly how high the risk might have been.

It would probably be wise to wait a few months and be retested. 24 days is fairly early and sometimes STIs can take a while (depends on the specific concern) to show up.

Sarah Liz

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