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    sincerely worried
    An_249209 posted:
    About 20 days ago I penetrated a male stranger thinking it was safe. I put a condom on but it broke when we were having anal i realized soon after it broke and pulled out. Now, 20 days later, I have a sore throat, fever, very mild head ache, very small red spots on my legs, the spots look kind of like pitichiae, my glands aren't terribly swollen yet, but i just came down with a fever today, and with that came fatigue, i'm coughing randomly but it's not dry, and i have nasal congestion. Should I be worried that i've been infected with HIV?
    georgiagail responded:
    Your risk would depend in a couple of factors, the most important one being (of course) whether your partner was even HIV positive. Additional risk factors could include how long the unprotected anal intercourse took place and whether (if the partner was positive) he was bleeding from his rectum during the event (if positive, his blood would contain the virus).

    In anal intercourse the risk is LESS to the insertive partner (an estimated 6.5 per 10,000 exposures with unprotected intercourse) than to the receptive partner (an estimated risk of 50 per 10,000 exposures).

    While we cannot diagnose your status from symptoms, it does appear that your exposure after the condom broke was relatively brief, limiting your exposure to any blood that might have been present during the event.

    Are you considering getting screened?


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