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HIV risk, being stupid in Nevada

By Anonymous October 2, 2015 - 11:19am
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Hi, I have a somewhat embarrassing question. I am a Caucasian 37 year old heterosexual male. I recently went to Las Vegas with some old high school friends, and in a moment of stupidity (yes, I had a few too many drinks), I ended up with a young Asian escort in my room. She gave me a quick oral sex, a blowjob (for about 10 minutes) with a condom on. But I was so nervous (and tired) that I became limp and she ended up leaving. I didn't have any vaginal sex or any other sexual contact, except for licking her nipples a little. I ended up just masturbating by myself after she left. About 4 days after the encounter, when I got home, I started to have some mild joint and muscle pain and some general weakness/malaise, with possible low grade fever (but unsure). Granted, that while I was in Las Vegas, I slept about a total of 7 hours in 3 days. I was wondering what my risk for getting HIV is, and if I should do any follow-up. I have been worried sick for the past 2 days. Thanks for your answer.

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

HIV is not passed on through exposure to saliva alone, so a person with HIV performing oral sex on someone who is HIV negative is considered to be very low risk.  

It's important to remember, other sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis, herpes and gonorrhorea, can be quite easily transmitted through oral sex. It is recommended that you use condoms or dental dams, for oral sex.

You could be having flu like symptoms due to lack of sleep and rest from a Vegas weekend.  However, since you had that encounter, which involved you being under the influence of alcohol, I can see where you would have concern.  

Just to be on the safe side, schedule a sexual health check-up with your doctor and in the meantime get some rest and try your best not to worry. 

I hope this helps.

Be well,


October 2, 2015 - 1:35pm
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