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Can someone please advise on HIV testing concerns?

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Can someone please advise on HIV testing concerns?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

This is Dr. David

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

please enter the chat.

Dr. David :

hello?

JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

Hello,

JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

I have been advised by Terrence Higgins Trust in UK that the risk factor is low, I have also seen a health advisor at hospital in UK who has also told me she is not expecting a positive result

JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

But the fact is I am anxious about a brief sexual encounter I had in St Lucia with a local man who did not use a condom and yet did not ejaculate. Sex lasted about 2 mins without condom.

JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

I am a worrier by nature and I know the answer is to have the test but I also have bipolar disorder and have been sectioned twice. My psychologist told me to put it behind me as he really doesn't think I have anything to worry about and knows what my mental state has been like. The idea of having a test is very scary to me if the outcome was positive as I come from a very catholic and traditional family and I know that I would be very isolated and stigmatised as I know no one with this condition.

JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

I did have a test for both chlamydia and gonorrhoea and the tests were negative for those stis.

JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

Can you please reassure me as I really do want to put this incident behind me. The man in question tells me he has never had any stis and is 100% sure there is nothing to worry about. But the thought of contracting the illness would be too much to bear, I would rather be told that the risk is extremely low and that I have nothing to worry about, as I have been told by my psychiatrist.

JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

Hello,

8:06 PM

I have been advised by Terrence Higgins Trust in UK that the risk factor is low, I have also seen a health advisor at hospital in UK who has also told me she is not expecting a positive result

8:06 PM

But the fact is I am anxious about a brief sexual encounter I had in St Lucia with a local man who did not use a condom and yet did not ejaculate. Sex lasted about 2 mins without condom.

8:08 PM

I am a worrier by nature and I know the answer is to have the test but I also have bipolar disorder and have been sectioned twice. My psychologist told me to put it behind me as he really doesn't think I have anything to worry about and knows what my mental state has been like. The idea of having a test is very scary to me if the outcome was positive as I come from a very catholic and traditional family and I know that I would be very isolated and stigmatised as I know no one with this condition.

8:09 PM

I did have a test for both chlamydia and gonorrhoea and the tests were negative for those stis.

8:10 PM
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JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- says:
8:11 PM

Can you please reassure me as I really do want to put this incident behind me. The man in question tells me he has never had any stis and is 100% sure there is nothing to worry about. But the thought of contracting the illness would be too much to bear, I would rather be told that the risk is extremely low and that I have nothing to worry about, as I have been told by my psychiatrist.

Dr. David : Unprotected vaginal sex has a very low risk for contracting HIV
Dr. David : it is about 5 chances in 10,000 risk
Dr. David : It sounds your anxiety and worries are getting out of control
Dr. David : I would agree with your doctors and psychiatrists
Dr. David : I hope you can put this behind you
Dr. David : Let me know if you have other questions
JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

Do you really think then there is no need for a test? I have not seen that the risk was as low as 5 in 10000

JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

Can you tell me since it happened 7 weeks ago, what is the percentage of people who would show symptoms?

Dr. David : You can always get HIV testing but I would bet money that your testing would come back negative
JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

I keep reading that some people have no symptoms

Dr. David : You are right
Dr. David : we don't use symptoms to look for HIV
Dr. David : we use blood testing
Dr. David : but HIV transmission is very rare outside of anal sex and IV drug use
JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

What is percentage of people who don't have symptoms and are hiv positive please?

Dr. David : No one knows
Dr. David : but a tiny tiny amount
Dr. David : Do you have other questions?
Dr. David : Try not to let your anxiety get out of control
JACUSTOMER-a6r54hm4- :

but half new acquistions of hiv in UK are heterosexual

Dr. David : Let me know if you have other questions
Dr. David : True, but that is not a big number
Dr. David : http://www.avert.org/uk-hiv-aids-statistics.htm
Dr. David :

do you have other questions?

Dr. David :

"Most HIV diagnosed transmitted through heterosexual sex was contracted by men having sex abroad"

Most of the HIV diagnoses transmitted through heterosexual sex in 2011 were among people who acquired HIV abroad. - See more at: http://www.avert.org/uk-hiv-aids-statistics.htm#sthash.BdZjbyP0.dpufMost
Most of the HIV diagnoses transmitted through heterosexual sex in 2011 were among people who acquired HIV abroad. - See more at: http://www.avert.org/uk-hiv-aids-statistics.htm#sthash.BdZjbyP0.dpuf
Most of the HIV diagnoses transmitted through heterosexual sex in 2011 were among people who acquired HIV abroad. - See more at: http://www.avert.org/uk-hiv-aids-statistics.htm#sthash.BdZjbyP0.dpuf
Most of the HIV diagnoses transmitted through heterosexual sex in 2011 were among people who acquired HIV abroad. - See more at: http://www.avert.org/uk-hiv-aids-statistics.htm#sthash.BdZjbyP0.dpuf
Most of the HIV diagnoses transmitted through heterosexual sex in 2011 were among people who acquired HIV abroad. - See more at: http://www.avert.org/uk-hiv-aids-statistics.htm#sthash.BdZjbyP0.dpuf
Most of the HIV diagnoses transmitted through heterosexual sex in 2011 were among people who acquired HIV abroad. - See more at: http://www.avert.org/uk-hiv-aids-statistics.htm#sthash.BdZjbyP0.dpuf
Most of the HIV diagnoses transmitted through heterosexual sex in 2011 were among people who acquired HIV abroad. - See more at: http://www.avert.org/uk-hiv-aids-statistics.htm#sthash.BdZjbyP0.dpuf

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