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High Risk activity? Can I be confident with my tests? Help!?

I had a single exposure of unprotected vaginal sex with a male partner. We were using a condom but it broke, and we realized too late. My partner got tested about 4 weeks after the incident (negative). I was the only person he had been with since April, so technically he is past the 3 months window period; however, my partner and I are now broken up, so I was not there to see him get tested. Because I have terrible anxiety, I am having a really difficult time believing his results.

Anyways, here are the tests I have done:

24 days post exposure: RNA Aptima QL HIV-1 (non-reactive)
24 days post exposure: 4th gen test (non-reactive)
31 days post exposure: 4th gen test (non-reactive)
47 days post exposure: 4th gen test (non-reactive)
57 days post exposure: 3rd gen test (non-reactive)

I know based on your guidelines you will tell me all testing is conclusive at 3 months. I also know that most HIV specialists will consider the DUO conclusive at 6 weeks. Currently, it has been about 10 weeks, so I am 2 weeks away from testing with a conclusive result; however, I have been in a state of panic. I know that I should feel confident about my partner's tests as well as my own, but I keep convincing myself that the tests are going to turn positive. Instead of feeling more relieved that I am getting closer to the deadline, I am becoming more and more paranoid.

Is it likely that my tests will remain the same? Has anyone at AIDS Vancouver ever seen a negative 3rd gen test change after 6 or 8 weeks?

Thanks so much.

What is the HIV risk from touching tip of the penis or urethra?

I'm just an 18 year old guy but I feel the need to ask this question but do not know to whom until I found your site. I went outside with my friends visiting a mall and a game arcade. When I went home, I felt the urge to masturbate and so I did without washing my hands. I was not sure where my hands got in contact with but it was probably not clean and somehow touched some surfaces that may have HIV. Can I get HIV this way because my unwashed hands got in contact with the opening (?urethra) of my penis? I mean ,is HIV transmission possible from the surface then to my hands and then to the urethra of my penis? My other question is, can you get HIV from touching personal stuff of an HIV positive persons like a mobile phone or other gadgets and then you happened to touch the tip of your penis while urinating without washing hands first? I did not see or felt wetness in those gadgets but of course I was not 100% sure.The answers are so confusing in the Internet so I think it's best to get my information by asking directly these questions. Thank you again.

HIV possibility?

I had anal(gay) sex with a guy 7 days ago, we had protected anal sex and unprotected oral sex. I am so concerned as I had two mouth ulcers on my lips, I gave him oral fro around 15 second.
What is my risk of contracting hiv?? Please help.

Unprotected oral with bruises

Pls help, I had unprotected oral with a girl, after that I noticed I had bruises on my penis, really scared, I went and did rapid antibody test with the girl and we both came back negative. Do I need another testing?

Chances Of HIV If The Condoms edge (Outer side) wet with Vaginal fluid

I had sex with a lady sex worker and I don't know whether she is HIV positive or negative. I am completely unaware of her current status. During sex I wore two condoms at a time and had sex around 30-45 seconds. When I removed my penis from her vagina I found that the edge (Upper side) of the condom wet with vaginal fluid. I removed both condoms from my penis and thrown it in dustbin. I checked the condoms and it was not broken.
My question is that the vaginal fluid discharged from that lady can cause HIV if my penis is not in direct contact of the vagina ??. Only my condoms got wet with that fluid.
I am sure that there was no direct contact of my penis semen and her vaginal liquid.
Could you please help me out on the above questions as I am worried a lot. I got tensed from last few days and not able to concentrate on my daily work.

Thanks in advance...

Hi there! I hope you can answer me thanks

I had my first Sex encounter about 3 to 4 months before I got tested. After the Rapid Test, the one that takes your blood from your finger the result for both HIV and Syphillis (Sorry for the spelling) the result was Non Reactive... I plan to abstain and never do that again and will fight the temptation... I just want to know what it means... Thanks.

Protected 5 stroke sex

I had protected sex with a prostitute after 9 days I got fever and I got treated after 3 days.
After this I got ulcers in my mouth and testicles and rashes which went away after getting treated in 2 days and a little swollen lymph gland in my neck. I inserted my penis and gave 5 strokes and I felt horrible so I stopped it am I at risk of hiv?

test results assessment with hiv symptoms

Hi everyone. I would just like to get your opinion regarding my risk/possible exposures and the results of my previous tests.

June 7 (possible exposure # 1) - unprotected anal and oral sex with a guy met from an online application with ejaculation on mouth only

June 9 - sore throat, diarrhea, low grade fever, diarrhea, night sweats, muscle pains (arms, legs, back) all for 6 days.

July 30 (7.5 weeks past exposure # 1) - tested negative at a local clinic using HIV antibody rapid test

August 14 (possible exposure # 2) - gave unprotected oral sex with ejaculation, upper gums got swollen in the afternoon

August 24 (11 weeks past exposure # 1) - tested negative using an approved Philippine home HIV test kit (finger prick blood)

August 30 (2 weeks past exposure # 2) - high fever for 2 days, nausea, headache, diarrhea for 1 week

I was so paranoid and related these symptoms to my oral sexual encounter last August 14. My gums got swollen that day and I thought that I could have an open sore that time which led to the possible infection. What makes me more bothered is that I got the fever around 2 weeks after, when ARS typically appears

September 12 (4 weeks past exposure # 2) - Due to paranoia and since I haven't purchased a new HIV kit yet, i re-tested using the kit I used last August 24, since there was still a reagent/HIV buffer left. Before re-using, I was so sure that there was no indication of any line in the T area. After putting blood and the buffer, there was a faint line that showed in the T line!

September 27 (6 weeks past exposure # 2) - tested negative using a new HIV kit.

Now, my questions:

1. I know it was a dumb idea to re-use the kit, but why is there a faint line that appeared? Is it because I re-used the kit? I was thinking there could be something that really reacted from my blood, because if there is nothing, then it should have stayed the same, with nothing appearing on the T-line.

2. Is the September 27 test more reliable? I know that 3-month test is conclusive, but could this be a false negative, given that a faint line appeared on my September 12 test? Did I just use the kit wrongly this time, that's why there is no faint line that appeared?

3. If my September 27 test was indeed accurate, am I cleared of my June 7 exposure?

4. Given my oral exposure last August 14, should I re-test at the three month mark?

What are your thoughts?

terminal cancer and hiv window period

sir/ madam
i) i read that terminal cancer can extend hiv window period but other cancers don't extend hiv window period , if so i can we know we have terminal cancer and what is difference between terminal cancer and other cancers?
2) i read from dr.hunter handsfield blog that even overwhelming systemic infections can extend hiv window period , if so how will we know if we have systemic infection?

i had an oral sex with girl and i did elisa test in 3 months , which came back negative but above questions worries me to much pls help god bless u

HIV exposure help

This is probably a really stupid question but I have to ask it anyway for some reassurance. The other day it was raining and a bum asked me for some change, trying to help him out I stopped and gave him my umbrella to hold. After I gave him some change I took my umbrella back. I had about a day old cut on my thumb is there any chance of HIV exposure from this? I didn't notice any blood on his hands or my umbrella I think I am just being paranoid. Please give me some reassurance. Thank you!


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