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Why do I hve to do retesting for hiv tests after 20 days of actual testing

hiv -2

Hey guys . Can you tell me what is hiv -2 window period ? Is it three months or more ?

15Please Answer Me Fear About Hiv28

Dear sir/madam,
thanks for your reply please read my question ,i said i had a unprotected oral sex with male he gave me blow job i did not ejacluated in his mouth and worrying that his penis might have touched my private tool head i got tested with tridot test in lab at 5thweek,9thweek ,11week and 13 week which came negative ,and i said in my question i got tested the person with whom i had oral sex 2 times at 7thweek and 14week with same tridot test in lab which was negative ,so my question is that we both received negative result and is there again that we should get tested or its concluded that we free from the infection

Help please

Long story short I had unprotected vaginal sex 4 times with a man I was seeing. He did not ejaculate inside of me and swears he is negative. He swears he tested 3 months ago and it was negative and that he has only used condoms for years. I tested negative at weeks 2,4,and 5. But I read online that immunosuppresside people can take longer to display a positive. Is this true? I have rhemautoid arthritis and take a weekly shot of actemra for it. with all this being said what are my risks of exposure and can I still consider a 12 week test conclusive or will it take longer for me to potentially turn positive? Thank you.

about my risks!

Dear Sir/madam
Not sure if u received my previous question... thanks anyway and looking forward to be hearing from u as im very very very anxious!

Let me try to explain my situation: on august 30th, at around 04h30m pm i did oral sex with a guy! he didnt ejaculate on my mouth though! nevertheless, as i didnt know his status, i decided on monday to go to a specialised public hospital in here and they indicated me to do the PEP and did a blood test! Its important to mention one thing here: the nurse who came to take my blood, brought in a small box, where all the needles, gloves etc were in! she wore gloves and picked one to wrap my arm! however, i noticed that this glove she intended to wrap around my arm was dirty (i cant tell exactly what it was, but in my mind i tend to think it was dried blood as it was dark brown stains...).... i kindly asked her to take a new glove, so she changed her gloves and picked a new one to wrap around my arm... she took my blood and left!

Well, i did the 28 days of PEP! Meanwhile, i asked the guy to test himself and 12 days after our encounter he did a 4th generation test and it was negative!

I finished PEP and 17 days after i did a 4th generation test which is also negative!

My anxiety is so big right now... do u think i still need to test? and also do the the dirty gloves pose any risk? i mean i cant tell if this dirty glove touched the one the nurse used... i remember that the needle she used was encapsuled, but as far as the gloves they werent individually packed so im actually quite afraid....

Thanks so much for taking your time to answer me!
Best wishes!

3 questions

Hi I was wondering I had an exposer about 5 years ago and didn't get tested till this last august I got an oral swab and it came back negative and I wanted to make sure I was good so I will be taking a rapid blood test on Thursday this week but I got sick on Friday of last week and I had a virus and so I'm taking amoxycillan and vitamins and ibuprofen .. I was wondering

1. Will me having a virus affect the test ?

2. Will taking these pills affect the test ?

3. If I did have HIV could it still be picked up by the test after all these years ?

HIV RISK: Protected Anal Sex Con't Part 2


This is hopefully my final continuation on this topic.

So for example, if I had symptoms that were related to HIV infection/acute symptoms, then the test would return positive, right? I know that symptoms can't diagnose HIV infection, but from what I understood from what you said (which will hopefully help others with my questions) is that if I were to be experiencing HIV symptoms, the test would be positive if they were.

I have actually taken a PCR Test on Friday 10/23/2015 (11 days after possible exposure) and I will have the results in on Tuesday. How accurate are the results at 11 days? I was reading some reliable sources and they said that this test is accurate at 10-12 days after possible exposure.

Also, is it possible to contract HIV with microscopic holes in the condom? Like in my case, the guy didn't ejaculate because I stopped the intercourse. But there's the thing about precum, which is also known to transmit HIV. So basically, have their been any documented cases or is their a risk for transmission from microscopic holes in the condom?

I am planning on testing again on November 2nd, 2015 (3 week and 1 day mark) via a 4th generation test regardless of PCR results.

Also, what is the number for the Helpline? 1-844-INFO-HIV, what is that translated in numbers? I think I would get faster response if I had the Helpline toll free number for Canada and US Region.

Thanks so much for your support as always!

OLD POSTS - Old continuations, new update above, old posts below.


This is a con't of my question that was answered below. I know that WHO and AIDS Vancouver don't think of symptoms. However, is muscle ache in my upper right arm a sign of HIV? Or the lymph node that appears to be a little swollen up in the upper front ear lobe of my left ear? It's not really noticeable but, there it is.

Also, I was at the E.R at the 7 day Post Exposure mark (Sunday 18 Oct) and they did a 4th generation test, which I am likely to get the results of today. They said if they call that means I am positive, but that if they don't call me that means I am good.

I guess my question is, are ARS/Seroconversion symptoms known to appear this early?

As for my question, as I said, he didn't ejaculate, because I stopped the intercourse myself, and the condoms used weren't broken. Doesn't that in itself diminishes the chances of transmission to basically null? I am guessing that since my mother and brother for example have been sick, that this has also affected me since we live in the same household.

I am paranoid of my health as it is, and I need to know if I'll be fine. I have already scheduled an appointment with my primary health doctor for the 3 week and 1 day post exposure mark, to get tested for HIV via a 4th generation test since the Window period for such test would be at it's strongest then. Considering that's within it's within period, a negative result would be conclusive, but as usual, I will also test at the 3 month mark to make sure.



I initiated a sex intercourse with another male (male to male sex). I was the bottom in this case and we used TWO condom.

We didn't conduct any oral sex activities. During sex we replaced the condom with a another because we both wanted to feel more pleasure, or at least try. Long story short, we didn't finish the sex, and he never ejaculated and he left per my request.

I tested both condoms with water to see if there would be any leakage and there was none.

What are the risks into me getting HIV? Am I completely fine and don't need to worry? This happened today 10/11/2015, so I still have time to run to the E.R or my doctor and get PREP if needed.



Hi there! Thanks for contacting us with your HIV related questions/concerns. We're happy to help!

Anal protected sex is considered a low-risk activity. What this means is that although there have been a few reports of infection in this manner, they're usualyl under certain identifiable conditions. In this case, a condition would be a broken condom. Your condom didn't break, which greatly diminishes the risk. In theory, it would be no risk since condoms prevent the exchange of bodily fluids, but we say low risk to account for human error and breaking.

I would say you don't need to get tested or get PEP for this encounter, since the risk level was basically none.

I hope this helped!

Check out smartsexresource.com for more information.



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Hello and thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We want to clarify that acute symptoms of HIV cannot be identified because they vary so much. If you're experiencing symptoms related to HIV, your HIV test will make that clear. Some people experience a flu-like illness between 2 and 6 weeks post-exposure, but dissipate promptly. In the exposure you have described, we do not see risk factors (e.g. broken condom) present that would lead us to believe you were exposed to HIV, as Christina had explained. However, it's great that you are getting tested already, so we would encourage you to follow through with the process, to provide yourself with some relief but not necessarily due to a high-risk of acquiring HIV.



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AIDS Vancouver Helpline

1-844-INFO-HIV (Toll-Free USA+Canada)

Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM PST

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AIDS Vancouver Helpline

1-844-INFO-HIV (Toll-Free USA+Canada)

Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM PST

Private and Confidential


Dear sir

I would like to get one qustion plz,,sir I had sex with profesional person without condom in may 2014 and immaidetly my penis was discharge colour of top so tht was may be fungal infection ,and I had took madicin prophylaxis after 5 days exposure and tested hiv after 3 monthes so report was negative ,and tested also on feb 2015 so report also negative ,but this time I have sore throat and dry cough and slightly headache and on hand came one small red spot and gone within 5 hours so sir I confused that it's hiv?

Bleeding Boil in mouth?


I recently had a boil in my mouth, and it had popped. I was constantly washing out my mouth in order to clean out the pus and blood. After a little while, I started poking it with my finger. I washed my hands before touching it, but I was wondering if there was any chance that I could have put myself at risk if say, something was on my hand.

Also, how effective is a 4th Generation Test at six weeks?

Thanks a bunch.

Blood draw needle inserted

I hope you reply me, I had a low risk HIV incident : mutual masturbation with a girl (am a man) her liquid touched my penis , had some cuts on it.

I had insisted to have pep even doctor say she does not advice. I then stopped it after 2 days.

The doctor advised blood test for other diseases upon the incident even after 1 day of the incident scan for hepatitis and chamladia and gronhera .

the nurse came with unusual needle that did not open it in front of me , it was hollow needle . one can insert a tube to collect blood from behind and gas on the side a flexible white tube to control blood flow..never seen like it before.

The problem I keep thinking maybe because I requested pep:
_ maybe they found an opportunity to infect someone with HIV and teat pep..since I waited long in the blood collecting room till they come. Is such thing possible in Montreal?
-I could not see blood on the outside of the needle, but if there were some inside the hollow needle from previous blood draw, can I get HIV such way ? As the needle is inserted in me to draw blood...I read HIV live few hours in blood droplets!


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