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Hi I went to a dominetrix recently and had body & anal licking also swallowing urine and feaces. Is there a HIV risk of these activities. I visited to STD clinic after 2days of sexual activity but was told to come after 14days for tests. After 3 days my mouth was itching & sored with lump nodes in my throught. I took antibiotics for couple of days But didn't work well. I want to know my health condition as soon as possible.

Hi, thank you for the question. In terms of HIV, what you have described would be low risk. This is because the fluids that transmit HIV are blood, semen, pre-cum, breast milk, vaginal fluid and rectal mucous. You are, however, at a much higher risk of contracting an STI such gonorrhoea, chlamydia and shigella. We would strongly recommend that you continue to have regular check-ups at your sexual health clinic and to get advice from them. If you live in NSW you can call the Sexual Health Info Link and chat to a nurse on 1800 451 624.

I'm a top, what are my risks if my partner is on prep but had cum from a positive partner inside him just before?

Hi, thank you for your question. In terms of risk, it is hard to say without more information. For instance, if the other “top” has an undetectable viral load (UVL), this would be considered safe in terms of HIV risk. Although low, if the other person is HIV positive, and does not have an UVL, you are at risk of acquiring HIV from this sexual encounter as semen contains HIV and the tip of penis functions as an entry pathway into your bloodstream. We would highly recommend that you book yourself in to get a sexual health test, and to explain your situation to a sexual health nurse. You can book a test here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test/. If you are engaging in unprotected anal sex as either a top or bottom with sexual partners whose status you don’t know, we would recommend that you consider chatting to a medical professional about starting PrEP as this is a great way to protect yourself whilst also enjoying an active sex life. You can learn more about PrEP here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/prep/

I was having sex with a girl I met recently when the condom broke , I quickly pulled out . I was talking to her a week later and she was telling me about her past relationships and that she terminated a pregnancy with her last boyfriend I became scared and I started thinking. I decided to google symptoms of some STI but the first one that poped up was hiv . So I decided to go thru it . The next day I started feeling pain in my throat , I was thinking so much I couldn’t sleep for like two to three weeks . I felt weak in the mornings . I developed canker sore in my inner cheek. Any time I remember the incident , my heart beats very fast and I always felt something pinching me all over my body. Whenever I try to force myself to sleep, I end up sweating.

Hi, we are sorry to hear that you are going through this. The only way for you to have some peace of mind is to get a sexual health check-up. You can do this with your local general practitioner (GP) or at a sexual health clinic. In terms of symptoms, many sexually transmitted infections may produce what you are describing, but they may also be a-symptomatic. If you also experiencing a lot of anxiety, it may be worth talking to your health professional about this as they may be able to recommend a good counsellor or psychologist.

So what side affects can prep give people? just need to know as my friend started taking prep without getting tested and he has herpes like symptoms in the bow area. I told him he must of had a reaction to the lube or saliva in his anal area and from shaving but apparently the doctor said his liver isn't the most well at the moment. He stopped taking the prep and was also taking sleeping tablets at the same time.

Hi, thank you for your question. It is important that you get a sexual health check-up before you start taking PrEP. This is to make sure that someone doesn’t start the PrEP regime if they are already HIV positive, and instead, start on HIV treatment. Some people do initially have side-effects to PrEP, but this generally goes away. If it doesn’t it is always best to speak to the prescribing doctor. In your friends case, it would be beneficial to talk to a sexual health nurse. He can contact one for free by calling the Sexual Health Info Link on 1800 451 624. They will be able to answer all of his question.

Hi i have had one night stand with a girl on her period and she’s infected. What is the odds that im might get infected? Thanks

Hi, without know knowing more about your sexual encounter it is impossible to say. We would strongly advise that you visit your local sexual health clinic or doctor and get a sexual health check-up as you could be at risk of sexually transmitted infections. If you live in NSW and you would like to talk to a nurse you can call the Sexual Health Info link on 1800 451 624.

I have question about hiv i got footjob about 5 weeks ago by someone then accidently i got cut by her nail it's not too much much deep just like small cut on dick at that when she doing footjob she playing with her vagina with vibrator then she told me i cumed the i don't know she have sperms on her or not but she applied antibacterial on her hands to apply on my dick then she applied but at the same time i clear the antibacterial and washed my d***. But i don't know she is hiv or not.Please reply me i am so much depressed

Hi, thank you for your question. It is hard to know what your risk is from what you have described. Our advice would be to get a sexual health check-up from your doctor or local sexual health clinic, this is the only way to know for sure if you were at any risk of exposure to HIV or any other sort of sexually transmitted infection.

Hi, can I know about PreP, how long does it work? How can I get them ? Can I buy in the clinic and how much for a month?

Hi, thank you for your question. You can now access PrEP through the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, which means that you would need to go to a doctor and get a script and then pick it up from a chemist. In order to access it in this way you would need to have a Medicare card. If you don’t have a Medicare card, you can still go to a doctor, get a script and order it online. This website explains how to order it online and which are the best companies to use: https://www.pan.org.au/buy-prep-online You can also read more about accessing PrEP here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/prep/

I’m currently on prep and are currently suffering a side effect. Upset stomach and diarrhea some days. Different manufacturers of the drug do make a difference. I’m ready to quite is there a solution

Hi, thanks for your question. Sorry to hear this. While side effects due to PrEP are relatively rare, some do experience them. If you believe you are experiencing adverse side effects due to your PrEP use, it’s important to discuss these with the doctor who prescribed you PrEP. They may be able to figure out the issue and advise you accordingly, including stopping PrEP if it’s appropriate.

Hi I had sex with straight guy and the condom broken but he didn't finished inside next day I took him for test the result came back negative even my blood test negative bout test was p24 antigen HIV 1 and 2 but I'm still worried .

Hi, thanks for your question. If you feel you have been exposed to the HIV virus our immediate advice would be to go to your local hospital emergency department or sexual health clinic and ask them about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). A nurse will be able to assess whether PEP is necessary for you or not. You can learn more about PEP here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/pep/ Depending on the test performed, HIV tests can have a window period of up to three months. However, many tests today have a shorter window period of up to 6 weeks. We would recommend following up with your nurse or doctor again about the test performed, and having a chat about your particular sexual encounter and the risk involved. If you are feeling particularly worried, you can also talk to a sexual health nurse over the phone by calling the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.