Re: Words of wisdom about HIV and HSV
Herpes questions belong on the Herpes or STD forums.
While you do have a risk for HIV, it is extremely low. Most (99%+) CSWs in the United States are not infected with HIV, and if a partner is infected, on average the frequency of transmission is 1 in 2000 episodes of vaginal sex, and that is for several minutes of unprotected intercourse. The brevity of exposure lowers your risk further. When you combine all of the factors, your risk is close to zero.
The PCR test that you took is not used to diagnose HIV, but a negative result can be considered encouraging. After the PCR test, I suggest you not test again until 3 months after exposure, and just have an antibody test at that time (which will be conclusive). Your risk is so low that you didn't/don't really need early testing, and the more you test the more likely your going to get a false positive result (if your PCR test is positive, in all likelihood it will be a false positive result). Your risk is truly minuscule and you should not be concerned about it, so just try to keep your mind on other things for the next few weeks (i.e. stay off HIV forums)- it will make the time go much quicker.
Last edited by joggen; 07-24-2012 at 03:05 PM.