Overzealous HIV prevention info?
I went to get a rapid, anonymous HIV test in New York today at a city clinic.
Instead of giving me my result right away, since I was last of the day and they weren't closing for a while (or she was waiting for my results to pop up on the computer from the blood lab down the hall), the clinician gave me a five-minute lecture about HIV transmission before she whispered the magic word "negative" (I had had a real risk followed by flu symptoms so I was quite anxious during her chat).
I feel I am pretty knowledgeable about HIV transmission but she *assured* me that oral sex was high risk ("up to 10% of people get HIV through oral sex") and that my antibody test (she said she **thought** it was 4th generation, but that was only after I prompted her - I don't think she really knew...it was the poke your finger and give you your result after 20 -30 minutes) told me nothing about anything within 3 months.
Since my risky exposure (unprotected insertive anal) was 1 month ago, I was a bit concerned. My logic (based on lay research) tells me that 90% of tests are accurate after 4 weeks. Also, my logic tells me that oral sex is super low risk.
Can I walk away from this confident (but not 100% assured) that I am negative after this 4-week test result? And that I can still perform oral sex without fear? I want to say yes, but for all the info I hear on sites such as these, I hear others (such as this health worker) and personal anecdotes of others that give me pause.
Sorry to beat this dead horse, but I felt like she was so emphatic about her info that I wanted to double check before I wrote her off as an overzealous city health worker.