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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello,I decided to masturbate (like any other horny guy out there) yesterday. (Prior to this, I ordered a condom from XXX) So, masturbating, I decided to put on the condom, but to my surprise, when opening the postage package, I saw that the condom had been opened and placed inside a see-through pouch. Anyway, I decided to see if this was a special kind of condom or whatever, so I took it out from the pouch. However, a sick person actually sent me a used condom which was tied at one end and contained semen.
I disposed of it. Before resuming masturbation (before touching my penis), I washed my hands with disinfectant.
Now, I am so scared! What if the guy who ejaculated into that condom has HIV and I touched the condom and then my own penis. I am so terrified, what if I now have HIV! For the record, I have never had sex with anyone.          
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi.
User :   See my problem?
Doctor :   Let me read the query.
User :   Alright.
User :   Still reading?
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   22.
Doctor :   Are you sure that what you saw was semen?
User :   For the record, I've never used drugs either, never held a seringe.
User :   Yes, it was white-yellowish.
User :   I mean, what else could it have been.
Doctor :   There will be some amount of fluid which is a lubricant in most of the condom.
User :   I know, but I saw semen.
Doctor :   Ok,.
Doctor :   If what you have seen there was semen then there are chances of infection.
User :   Yeah.
User :   I tried getting hold of the XXX but he won't reply.
User :   Don't know what to do now, I am just extremely scared.
Doctor :   It depends on the number of days that the semen had been there, the infective status of the semen and the presence of any external injuries on your penis.
User :   My penis isn't damaged, it's fine.
Doctor :   It also depends on the other factors too.
User :   Well, since I ordered the condom from XXX the package spent a few days in transportation.
Doctor :   I shall suggest you a few tips.
User :   Ok.
Doctor :   1. To get your HIV status checked.
User :   which won't be in 3 months at least.
Doctor :   you may get the HIV ELISA test after the 2 week and after the 3rd to the 6th month time.
Doctor :   Alternative tests would be the HIV DNA PCR tests at the 2nd week it self.
User :   HIV ELISA test afetr 2 weeks? Alright, and that'll tell me if I've got HIV or not?
Doctor :   2. If you still have those samples, you can still get the presence of infection if any.
User :   Of the semen?
User :   Whom do I send it to?
Doctor :   Though the second method is unlikely to show virus as the virus would die within a few minutes of exposure.
User :   Alright then, if the condom has now been exposed for days during transportation, how can I then be infected?
Doctor :   That is what, i was going to tell you the next.
User :   I am just terrified now, don't know what to think or do.
Doctor :   The chance of infection is less when compared to the actual sexual intercourse.
Doctor :   The chances are very minimal.
User :   It's ironic y'know, I neither had sex nor done drugs, and it so might turn out I'm infected with HIV.
Doctor :   However, the best method of alleviating the fear is by getting the tests for HIV.
User :   I know.
User :   You're XXX, right?
Doctor :   No, I am from XXX
User :   Oh, I see.
User :   Well, I am from XXX.
User :   Don't know where to do HIV ELISA and HIV DNA... tests
Doctor :   Do not worry much.
Doctor :   Since the rate of transmission is less when compared to the actual sexual transmission itself, there are less chances that you would have been infected.
Doctor :   In the mean time, get those tests done.
User :   OK, I will.
Doctor :   I am not sure of how the NHS works at the XXX
User :   Neither do I, because I'm a foreign student studying in the XXX. However, I am XXX based.
User :   Lets say I contracted HIV, how long can I live with it?
Doctor :   I shall not mention of you, I will use a general term.
Doctor :   A HIV infected person, is not the same as a person who has AIDS>
User :   Alright.
Doctor :   A HIV infected person can live the same life like any other individual, except that he would be on medications and he takes prevention to avoid transmitting the infection to others.
User :   Alright, but I wouldn't be imparied in any way?
User :   So I can have a long and normal life?
Doctor :   Only when he gets AIDS which occurs when the immunity is compromised, his life span will be affected.
User :   OK.
Doctor :   There are individuals who have lived upto 25 to 30 years with HIV.
User :   That's it?
User :   That's no normal life span.
Doctor :   I did not mean his life is just upto 25 years to 35 years.
Doctor :   Do you understand.
Doctor :   I meant they have been living with the infection for more than 25 to 35 years.
User :   Tell me, when you mentioned of the HIV virus dying due to exposure. Semen contained in a sealed condom, is that an exposed environment or contained, where the virus can survive?
Doctor :   HIV virus dies within few minutes when exposed to environments outside human body.
Doctor :   The same applies to the semen.
User :   Alright, so the virus should have died in that condom.
User :   But I will do an HIV ELISA or the DNA thingy test.
Doctor :   These virus can survive only in the human environment.
User :   In two weeks.
User :   I don't want to wait for 3 months, it's too long, I will be devastated by that time.
Doctor :   If that condom had been there for more than a few days, there are more possibilities that these virus would have died.
User :   OK.
Doctor :   If you are not wanting to wait for 3 months, you can get the tests done at the 2nd or the 3rd week itself and repeat the test at the 3rd month.
Doctor :   If the reports are negative.
User :   Alright.
Doctor :   This refers to the ELISA test.
User :   OK.
Doctor :   But if you are planning to get the HIV DNA PCR, it is effective in ruling out the infection at the 2nd or the 3rd month itself.
User :   OK.
User :   Ummm...
Doctor :   So you can get these tests. This will be the best way to go about to stop the anxiety and worries.
User :   So I can do both, the ELISA in two weeks and the PCR in the 2nd or 3rd month.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes I have.
User :   ELISA and PCR.
User :   I am so stupid, I shouldn't have masturbated!
Doctor :   Yes, both the test together would be better than a single test.
Doctor :   Do not worry of the past.
User :   Well, in this case, the past is what causes problems.
User :   But I see what you mean.
Doctor :   Get those test done, and there are more chances that these test will come negative.
User :   I hope so.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   I know what to do now.
User :   No.
User :   Thanks.
Doctor :   I hope, I have helped you atleast to a small extent.
Doctor :   Please fill the feed back form too.
User :   Just filled it.
User :   Thanks.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   Yes.
User :   Bye.
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