Originally Posted by Clonky
Almost 3 years ago, I had 5 minutes of unprotected anal sex with a woman who's hiv status is unknown to me.
I explained to my doctor that this happened and he told me that I could do an HIV test if I wanted to, but that there is little to no chance that I was infected because:
a) I was the insertive partner
b) I am circumsized
c) the sex lasted only 5 minutes
The doctor basically talked me out of an hiv test. Is my doctor right in doing this? I felt great after he told me this, but now, a few months later, I am freaking out and thinking that my doctor is crazy.
Has anybody here ever been infected as the insertive anal sex partner, circumsized, and during sex that lasted less than 5 minutes?
This is a pretty tricky area to comment on. I will state I am not a doctor and as such what I post here is simply my opinions but I do try to base my opinions on fact.
There have been studies conducted that such that circumcision reduces the risk of HIV transmission.
The fact that you were the insertive partner does reduce your risk. The reason anal sex is classed as high risk ( I am sorry but the following is graphic ) is because it can involve tearing. The anal wall can be torn. If the insertion partner is HIV positive and tearing of the anal wall takes place then, yes, there is a risk of transmission. The fact is you were the insertive partner and the highest risk of blood to blood contact you could possibly have been exposed is not tearing of the anal wall but also tearing of the penis lining, allowing direct blood to blood contact. Given the period ( five minutes) this does seem unlikely. So, in my opinion and to a point your doctor is correct, you have been exposed to a low risk situation.
Please, appreciate, this is simply my opinion but I do feel your doctor was theoretically right on all counts but I feel that he should have urged you to go for a blood test, his/her reluctance to do so does seem rather strange. Not for any other reason other than to put your mind at rest. Please rest assured HIV is not easy to transmit from person to person and all be it anal sex is classed as high risk, what you have described, given you are not sure of your partners status, would class your risk as low.
These are just words on an internet forum but please if you have any doubts, don't take my word, get yourself checked out and find out for sure your status. It is unlikely it will be positive and is extremely likely your doctor is correct but it would put aside any doubt.