All questions tagged with hiv

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Sti HIV symptoms

I've been with a guy for a few years and I get get checked a gum often and always come back clean, I found out my bf has never been checked and counts that cus I'm clean he must be. I know there are sti with no signs but would show in a screening, but HIV isn't always passed on first time, is there a chance he could be HIV without me having got it yet and without him showing symptoms? Or is this highly unlikely?

Asked by Jack
23rd June 2010 (in Sex)

Tags: gay sti hiv

Response from Men's Sexual Health:

Thanks for getting in touch with your concern. If you and your boyfriend have been in a monogamous relationship for few years, with you being tested regularly (for HIV and STI's)and having negative results, it is highly unlikely that he is HIV positive. There are a few things to consider though. It can, in vary rare instances, take years for a positive result. When you get tested for HIV, the test isn't for the virus itself, but for the HIV antibodies that your body makes to combat the HIV virus. For most people HIV antibodies show up in the blood within three months of being infected. If you test negative in three months then it's likely you are negative. In some rare cases it could take up to six months for HIV antibodies to show up in your blood. This would most likely only happen if your immune system is very weak and it takes a long time for your body to develop the HIV antibodies. If you get tested 3 months after your first test, without having put yourself in any risk in the meantime, then it is highly unlikely you are HIV+. It’s very, very rare that the HIV virus would go undetected after six months, but it can, unfortunately, happen. Possible? Yes. Likely? No. Also, in the unlikely event that either one of you is HIV+, it can take years for any symptoms of the virus to show. The best course of action to put your worries at ease would be for you to encourage him to be tested, possibly going along and being tested yourself. You clearly take your health seriously and may be able to put him at ease if he is uncomfortable in a medical setting, or with needles/injections, etc. With your support, he may be more willing to be screened, especially if you explain your concerns. Men’s Sexual Health offers a “Buddy Service”, whereby he can be accompanied to the Sexual Health Clinic, if he prefers not to go with someone he knows, but doesn’t want to go alone. I hope this helps. Please do get in touch if we can be of any further service or if you have any more questions.

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Answered by team member Mara
23rd June 2010

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Advice on testing for only unprotected oral

Hi, I am a bisexual male and last tested in March 2012 for HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia with all results being negative. My only form of unprotected sex is when someone is sucking me. I do frequently visit gay cruising areas and gay bath houses but only engage in protected oral sex if am sucking a penis, if some one is performing oral sex on me most of the time it is without protection. I have read other forums but they only give a guide for one instance not multiple incidents i.e. 20 males over 7 months So my question is do I need to retest and should I be concerned for any STDS? Thank you for taking the time to read my question Joe

Asked by Joe
9th November 2012 (in Sex)

Tags: penis unprotected chlamydia gay oral sex testing sti hiv syphilis gonorrhoea

Response from Men's Sexual Health:

Hi Joe, thanks for getting in touch with your concern. Oral sex generally is a low risk activity, and you have reduced risk of transmission by using condoms when you give oral. But yes there is risk that you could catch something from someone when they perform oral sex on you without you also wearing a condom, for example, you can get chlamydia in the throat, so if you get sucked off by someone who has that, its likely this will be passed on to your penis, and then if someone else sucks you off, you could then infect their throat. Also multiple partners also increases risk, as shown in my previous example. Oral sex is very low risk of HIV, but yes there is risk of other STI's. We normally recommend getting tested after each new partner, but when engaging in multiple partners this isn't always practical, so maybe at least once a month, if you are constantly engaging in activity if any part of it is unsafe. But this could also be discussed with the person who treats you at the GUM clinic, they may suggest a different time frame. I hope this has helped answer your question, feel free to get back in touch if you would like further advice.

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Answered by team member Matt
12th November 2012

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HIV infection

I mistakenly sleep with a girl and I wore condom, but I ddint check the expiration date YET the condom is in good shape. Also, my pennis didn't elect at all. I put my penis into her pussy n did the work for about 1 minute. As my penis did not erect I stopped it. Is there any chance I get infected by HIV?

Asked by JD (aged 26) from Cambodia
1st January 2016 (in Sex)

Tags: penis penis size sti hiv

Response from Men's Sexual Health:

It is very unlikely that you have got infected by HIV, you did everything as safely as possible by using the condom. It sounds like it would be useful for you to practice putting a condom on and wanking / masturbating with a condom as this might help you stay stay erect when using one in the future. If you are still worried about HIV or other sexually transmitted infections you should visit a sexual health clinic or STD clinic. Condoms are often free from clinics too. 



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Answered by team member Douglas
11th January 2016

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I took a bite from a ...

I took a bite from a burger that may have been bitten by a tramp. If he had aids, could I catch it?

Asked by rob
14th October 2013 (in Health)

Tags: hiv

Response from Men's Sexual Health:

Definitely not. You can’t catch HIV from kissing or sharing food and cutlery. But just remember that if you think food is dirty, there are lots of other things you might catch like salmonella so be careful!



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Answered by team member Dr Peter
8th December 2015