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Are these symptems? Do I need to take the test?


I had sex with a woman (I don't know about her sex background/diseases she may have) 14 days ago. She brought a condom and covered my penis, but sex last only few minutes (she was up first and we quickly changed our positions). I was nervous as I haven;t has sex for a long time so didn't check the condom after but I don't think it was broken and she removed it for me and I washed myself quickly right after that. After 7 days I got flue (mild fever for about 2 days, stuffy and runny nose and throat, severe cough (due to sinus stuff came into my throat, my body getting warm and sweating and then it become normal, and lost my appetite). I went to doctor and he checked the nodes under my chin, my mouth, and my ears and said it's a flu and will get healed soon. It's been 6 days now and I feel but still stuff coming from my sinus and nose to my throat which causing coughs and my body still getting warm and normal, and still don't have that much appetite). Could you please advise if it's possible to get the HIV symptoms in 7 days after exposure and if I have to test for HIV?



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV from having protected vaginal intercourse. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met) E.g. Due to improper use and potential breakage of the condom.

In order to contract HIV the following conditions must be met: There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions. The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles. Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met. For example: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding).

HIV symptoms mirror other viral infections(flu etc..) or can be due or explained by other things, testing is really the only way to know.

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah)