Guys? Would appreciate some guidance :)
You are right. HSV2 does make you more susceptible to HIV transmission , but only if you are not protected during intercourse. You had protected intercourse, therefore you were never at risk.
Also can you comment on the following:
"In my last encounter, 20% of my penile shaft wasn't covered so I got some vaginal fluids on it. Should I be concerned. Should I be worried if I had a breakout that I never noticed since it was mild and vaginal fluid came onto it? If a part of me penis that is not covered is inside a vagina, does HSV2 increase my risks. "
How does it do so? Is it only through open sores or just the fact that I have HSV2? I have never had an outbreak, so should I be concerned about vaginal fluid on my scrotum or the base of the shaft not covered by a condom.
My other concern is shaving. I shave my pubic hair regurlarly so any vaginal fluid on my shaved scrotum or groin, does that increase HIV risk?
Thank you very much for your response :)
As I mentioned before, if you wear condoms consistently for intercourse you will not have a risk for HIV even with outbreaks, which you say you haven't had. Anything ((sores - cuts )) near the base or the scrotum does not pose a risk.
Thank you. Im just trying to get a lay of the land. Why would cuts and sores on the base not matter? They might come in contact with vaginal fluid, not deep inside but still some contact.
Also Ive read statements by Dr HH in expert forum that people who have never had an outbreak but are still HSV2 positive are still at a higher risk from HIV. Would you have any knowledge on that? How without any sores one would still be at a higher risk, I couldn't find any answer.
The more you search the more it will fuel your anxiety.
The risk only matters if you don't use a condom. So yes, maybe if you had unprotected vaginal intercourse with an HIV infected, your chances would be 1 in a 1000 compared to 1 in 2000 for a person who engages in the same activity, but doesn't have HSV2. However, that all becomes irrelevant when you use a condom, because you are closing all the possible sites of entrance for the virus.
The cuts or sores on the pubic area or the base would not be risky either, because the virus becomes inactive once exposed to air.
Got it, no more self research, just abstinence. Should I get tested? I mean I got tested and was HIV negative.I got tested in March and before Jan I had 8 escort encounters.
In general, all sexually active people are advised to get screened for STDs once a year. But, strictly regarding the things you said in your question, you had no risk.
Hey, I dont mean to insult you. But I would be more at ease if you told me where you got this information from and how were you able to say confidently that it poses no risk. Thank you :)