Originally Posted by Worring
Another "what's my risk" question... I have really started worrying myself over this. I have a test scheduled for tomorrow but the results will not be immediate and I am having trouble going about my daily routine because of the worry.
I am a female in my late 20s. From 2001 to 2004, I had unprotected vaginal sex about 5-7 times, each time with a different person. I was attending college at the time and most of the men I was with were also college students although a couple were local guys. All were in their 20s. They were all heterosexual, non-intravenous drug users. I suppose I don't know 100% about that last part, but I would be surprised if any of them did inject drugs or had sexual relationships with men.
It has now been over 6 years since I was with the last of these men. I don't have any definite symptoms but I do have fungus or some other type of issue with my 2 big toe nails. I have just recently realized that I may never have had an HIV test up to this point. (I do have a child and I wonder if I was tested while pregnant? I can't remember, but is this a common test that would have been done?)
Are there any hard numbers that someone could share with me regarding my level of risk?
I'm not sure on the pregnancy protocol but it definitely seems possible as I think mother child transmission is about 20-30%. If you take meds and follow proper protocol I read 2-3%.
Toe nail fungus sounds pretty common given how hot and sweat our feet can get in socks and shoes.
It seems extremely unlikely you have HIV their are many factors in the odds so it would more be a ballbark number.
The male-to-female transmission is 0.08% per act in non low income countries multiply that by 5-7. Going off these statistics the worst case scenario it's a 0.56% you contracted it from any of those men. Again their are other factors so this is just a rough ballbark number.
Some more stats say an estimated 10 Infections from 10,000 exposures, from receptive Penile vaginal sexual intercourse. I'm not sure if this is assuming the partner is HIV positive if so it's really conflicting with the other information.
These are conflicting reports given from the same website almost commical but it just goes to show how their is no exact way to quantify you're exposure risk, you only get a real rough esitmate.
One states about 1/200 odds the other gives you about 1/1000 chance. I would say somewhere in that range sounds right to me.
Note that risk rates may change due to other factors such as commercial sex exposure, phase of HIV infection, presence or history of genital ulcers, and national income levels.
Given that it's been 6 years you likely would be noticing more symptoms the colds infections you got would be giving your body more of a run for its money than you're used to.