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Does Window Period Change Everytime I Sex With Wife - FOLLOW UP

This is a follow up thread regarding my question which is still uncleared.

As you said:
Every time you have sex (or participate in a risk activity) the window period for testing begins again for that activity. So if you were to have sex with anyone and are wondering if you could have acquired HIV from that encounter the HIV test is considered conclusive 12 weeks after that possible exposure.

I worry about this because i never passed my 12 weeks of period window without being sexually unactive.
I have been sexually active with my wife throughout these 2 years while testing for HIV1,2 via fourth generation.

My exposure happened 2 years ago, I tested at 3,4,6,8,10,12 month after my possible exposure but throughout my testing period i was sexually active with her .. does that mean by test are not conclusive since i have been sexually active with my wife every week?

Please help!

involved in kissing

Hi, my name is Collins i have girl friend who is hiv positive we have not have sex since i fear that i can get infected even if i use a condom since sometimes this things do burst.So on 03/05/2015 we kissed deeply but there was no blood in her mouth neither mine this was just five minutes after she took her ARV and i felt a different taste which i believe was the taste of the drug. One week later i had a fever and went to the hospital where i was found to be having malaria and typhoid i took the drugs and am now fine although i still have this guilt like maybe i was infected during the kissing which i thought lasted for 2-3 minutes.



I had a new cut on my leg that was bleeding , someone touched it of which I believe had no open cuts. Could they be at risk for hiv still? Does the virus die as soon as it hits the air?

Explain to me

1.How can aids not progress in months?
2.Isn't everyone's body different so it may happen at a different time for everyone?
3.Just because it usually takes years for hiv to turn into aids doesn't mean it's not possible for it to develop in months?

I'm sorry I'm just so paranoid that I have aids and it's not picking up on an antibody test [had a 3 month negative]. Please explain, whats the so called science behind the progression of hiv to aids. Anythings possible, I don't see why it can't progress quickly.
Thank you lots

Sex worker

First, I want to thank you for your services.

I had a night which I went to a bar that I thought normal where after some drinks met a girl and we went to my place together and had sex. But after, I realised the girl was a sex worker...We did use protection with condom but for some reason the condom almost slipped off but was still covering the glans ( Sadly, alcohol makes my memory vague) I am now really getting stressed and a shame of myself. I read the transmission rate is at 0,04% for a case like mine. She told me she always uses protection and get tested every 3 months but I'm still really worried. Should 35 days before getting tested is enough?.

Thank you very much.


last year. my cousin was a pregnant and we dont know her hiv status upto her fourth month. in her 14 th week of gestration we came to know that she was hiv positive by that time her cd4 count was "198" and viral load was 69.9 copies per ml .
after all completion of this our Doctor started haart therapy to her with ,"nevirpine,zidovudine,lamuvudine". later by seventh month her cd4 count was devloped to "400".
our doctor performed ceasarian delivery and brest feed is not given instead of that formula feed is given.
a single dose of nevirpine is given after birth and our Doctor suggested zidovudine syrup for him but which was not available in india.
upto now the baby does nt have any problem and increasing weight rapidly.
now he is of 9th month and his weight is 9kgs.
now please clarify my doubt is there any chance of transmission of hiv to the baby.
2.i heard that after using haart(zidovudine,lamuvudine,nevirpine) to mother we can reduce tha risk to 0.1 but upto her 14 th week of gestration we havent used any haart to her is there any chance to vertical transmissionm to him from his mother. please answer as quickly as possible.
thank you

PLEASE HELP! HIV test at 4, 6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks (All Negative) But symptoms still persist

Dear Sirs/Madam,

I am 28 years old Male: I try to give a full history about my situation. i try to go to the details:

DAY 00 : A
bout 4 month and 2 weeks ago i had unprotected oral sex (for about 15 minutes) + vaginal penetration + protected vaginal intercourse (for about 4 minutes). The next day i started to feel nervous about what i did and i was very stressed.
DAY 02 : night sweat (Just that one night) + Loss of appetite (for about 5 weeks)
DAY 04 : muscle and joint pain in arms, feet, neck and swelling of arm's muscles (for about 4 weeks)
DAY 12 : White tongue and a discomfortable taste in my mouth which is persistent till now!!! (it's now about 4 month). although i was/am a daily smoker (20 cigarettes a day) but i never had this before!
DAY 12 : sore throat + nose run (for two weeks)
DAY 15 : Pain in the lymph nodes (neck, under the jaw and groin area) and swelling of lymph nodes (they were not like the pictures i see in the internet and there is no sking color change around them) - (i don't know if this was because i was so stressed that i touched them regularly or not!) (it all took about 1 month)
Day 70 till now : sensitive skin + itching all over body
Day 80 : some rashes on the dorsal of both hands (each hand about 5 to 6)
Day 100: abdominal pain + under the jaw & groin area lymph nodes pain come and goes till now

now i try to explain the tests i had till now:
Day 04 : HIV 1,2 antibody Elisa Test ------------------- negative
Day 31 (Week 4) : HIV 1,2 antibody Elisa Test ------------------- negative
HbsAg, HBsAb, HCV ------------------------------------------ negative
Day 42 (Week 6) : HIV 1,2 antibody Elisa Test ------------------- negative
Day 60 (Week 9) : HIV 1,2 antibody Elisa Test ------------------- negative
Day 85 (Week 12) : HIV 1,2 Elisa + P24 COMBO test ------------------- negative
Day 125 (Week 16) : HIV 1,2 antibody Elisa Test ------------------- negative

+++ I had 2 complete CBC BLOOD TEST:
The first after 9 weeks:
W.B.C=9400 - Plateletes=130000 - POLY(neut)=73% - LYMPH=23% - MONO=3% - EOS=1%
And the second one after 16 weeks:
W.B.C=7700 - Plateletes=139000 - POLY(neut)=68% - LYMPH=30% - MONO=1% - EOS=1%

question 1 : I visited 5 different "Infectious Disease Specialist" 3 of them told me not to worry and two of them told me to wait for 6 month test and even 12 month test! based on the information about the hiv tests I did and more importantly CBC Blood tests (the reduction of WBC cells on the 2nd test and somehow low lymph % counts) Can take it all as NEGATIVE ?

question 2 : As my doctors orders i used oral nystatin (+ tavanex tablets for 10 days) for my white tongue and there was no change back to normal tongue. If the tests are conclusive, then what is the reason of my never going white tongue (as i said i never ecperienced it before!) and the other come and going symptoms?

question 3: yesterday I woke up and there was lots of small red dots all over my left hand (except the palm) and i was scared to death that it was never happened before! and went away, but not completely because as i look closely there is still trails of them on my left hand skin? (I took a fluconazol tablet the day before, can it be the cause of this? if yes, why only on one hand?!)

question 4 : should I really wait for 12 month to have my complete and final results?

please help me. because I'm still fully stressed and can't even enjoy a second of my life with all these thoughts and stuff. I'm losing my job, self destructing my self (if its not already destructed!) and begging for a help to ease my mind.

I just hope and pray for a world with no HIV or any other incurable diseases...

Thanks for your kind support and waiting for your soon reply

With regards,

My bf just tested positive

I just turned 24 and found out my bf whom I will I refer to as "v" was confirmed positive on April 15th. His estimated exposure was in late September 2014 when he had unprotected anal sex. "V" recalls the week of thanksgiving 2014 experiencing ARS fluelike symptoms. Currently he is experiencing sever depression. He has not started antiviral therapy or HART yet and I am confused about this?! I was tested April 16 2015 with RNA test and I am still waiting on the results. Moreover I tested negative Feburary 2015 before we had sexual relations. I took an oruaquick test April 15th 2015 and it was negative. We had sexual relations around Feburary 26. Since then we have had protected anal intercourse 6 times which included unprotected oral sex. I haven't been able to function since then. I am curious about what my risk for these prior events?! I have spent approximately 72 or more researching hiv and can't seem to stop. Someone please give me advice.
Concerned Lover

Real risk with CSW- high risk group


Reading some of the answers i find it confusing since it seems its suggested that CSW protect themselves when this is actually misleading. I know the helplines mission is to assess risk but to be realistic in Canada and more in other parts of the world CSW are immigrants and people with scarce resources who cant afford to pay HIV treatments and wont get it for free in a country that is not their country! Even if CSW protect themselves by asking clients to wear condoms etc their job exposes them to lots of cases of condom failure! The chance of getting HIV from sex with a CSW is very high so i would say its not worth even doing it... HIV was spread in Thailand this way! Also CSW dont get tested thats false and if they are positive they are not going to quit and work as engineers the next day! I just want yo say that HIV is riskier in high risk groups. I received oral (inserted my penis) from a CSW 5 weeks ago and im dying of panic now! What if the CSW bit her lip while doing oral to me or what if she had bleeding gums... its all we did but we showered before in warm water which might inflamate my penis mucous membrane and increase transmission risk please help if this might be worth testing. Also please do tell ppl CSW are a high risk group. Thanks s lot!

Ejaculated when rubbing our penises...

We met 2 months ago. We were considering to develop a serious relationship. 4 weeks ago, we had sex, the first one and the only one. At that time he said he had a sore on his gums. We did not do anal sex. But we did oral, we kissed, and we rubbed penises tightly with hand, and finally I ejaculated in the rubbing process. Two days later, when I was bathing, I noticed there was a small lesion on the mucosa of the my balanus (my foreskin was cut when I was very young), but there was no bleeding. And the day before yesterday, we went to HIV test together. I was tested negative, but he positive. It can be speculated that he was infected before our sex encountering. He never thought of this before I suggested we go to test. I am supporting him now. But I'm still worrying about myself. The window period of the test is 4-6 weeks. Theoretically, I still have the possibility of positive. So, what do you think of it? I'm particularly concerned about the action of penis rubbing.... Thank you very much!


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