oral sex from sex trade worker.
Dear AIDS Vancouver,
I received unprotected oral sex (15-20 minutes) from an Asian sex worker in a condo. She spat on my penis many times for the duration of the oral sex. I noticed later on that the sex worker had dark gums.
10 days later, I have a sore throat and dry cough. It has continued and has been two days since experiencing these symptoms.
I am very very scared that I may have contracted HIV. I went to the extent of phoning the sex worker and asked about the health of their women. Of course she said they are all healthy.
I am typically an anxious person and in the last 2 weeks have been under a lot of stress from work and school. Even though, I cant help but correlate my indiscretion with the symptoms I am feeling.
Please help... your comments are valuable... I am really really scared... =(
Hello and thank you for your questions. Receiving oral sex from someone, including a sex trade worker is considered a Negligible Risk. There does exist the possible exchange of bodily fluids. However, there has never been a confirmed case of HIV Transmission from this sex act.
It should be noted that HIV does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, or anything else. A sex trade worker is no more likely to have HIV than anyone else.
The 3 High Risk practices for exposure to HIV are, Unprotected Vaginal Intercourse, Unprotected Anal Intercourse and Injection with Shared Needles.
The color of a person's gums is not a factor as many people of different races have dark gums. It should also be noted that saliva, sweat and tears are not transmission fluids for HIV.
Symptoms are never an indication of HIV. Only an HIV test can determine if you do or do not have HIV.
We at AIDS Vancouver do recommend that all sexually active individuals regularly screen for all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including HIV at regular periods throughout their lives. This can be every 3, 6 or 12 months.
Fear and stress can be managed by some simple techniques, deep breathing, fresh air and mild exercise, getting a good night's sleep and maintaining a balanced diet or all great ways to reduce stress.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Helpline again, should you have any other questions,
Yours in good health,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline
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