• 9 months ago

    Possible Infection From Escort in Japan?

    I'm a male in my 20's and straight.

    I decided to take a trip to Japan and everything was great sightseeing and eating and eating more. Last night of the trip before flying back home, I ended up going to a love hotel with an escort. It was one of the escorts specializing in anal. I used one of those 0.001mm condoms they sold in Japan but broke during sex. I didn't notice until after I realized I ejaculated in her and pulled out (Probably lasted about 10 min broken). The agency offered bareback anal but I did not select that but the given the fact that the condom was completely broken and I did not notice for 10 minutes (might as well be unprotected sex at that point with most of the penis exposed) and even though Japan has a very low HIV rate, I am still worried I might've been infected. I shaved the morning of that day which also did not help this situation.

    It's been about 2 weeks since that happened and I am so paranoid about if I am infected with HIV. I read that there is a higher risk of getting infected through anal. I looked up the symptoms and do not have any flu like symptoms, rashes, vomiting, etc. The closest flu-like symptom that occurred was recent when I felt slightly dizzy and a slightly hot head for an hour but went away after. I figured this may have to do with the stress and sleeping 5 hours a day due to the anxiety and working full-time on top of that. The part that scares me is that the joint on my both thumbs started to hurt a little bit when I pressed somewhat on it. I read that joint pain is also one of the earlier symptoms. No neck joint pain or thigh area pain as of now. I did have skin peeling on my arm and face but that was due to getting sunburned and looking like a tomato. I did notice that I have slightly dry and flaky skin near my elbows but I'm not sure if that has to do with the sunburn, diet, stress, or worst case HIV. I have seen a few pinkish dots on my arm and stomach area but I think that's more towards a pimple since I always had skin problems on my chest and back (nowhere near the redness and density of a typical rash).

    I am considering testing with the HIV RNA test which I heard searches for the actual virus and not the antibodies and allows the test to be accurate during the window period. Is this the way I should go or should I wait a week and test with the 4th generation test? I'm not sure which one is better.

    Also, is there a high chance I did get infected or is my paranoia psychologically making it a lot worse than it seems?


  • 9 months ago

    RE: Possible Infection From Escort in Japan?

    4th Generation testing is useful for (roughly) the first month after a "potential" exposure as they also include antigen testing. If infected, a particular antigen would be available within the first 25 days or so after transmission.

    Viral load testing would be quite high in a newly infected individual; this test is often more expensive than the 4th Generation screening test.