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Best time for HIV and Hepatits tests

Question: 

I have protected (condom) sex with a woman 4 weeks ago
That woman divorced and had 3 or 4 sexual partner that all of them was protected as she said
We have oral sex too
whaen is the best time for hiv and hepatits tests so my result considered conclusive?
thanks a lot

Answer: 

Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you have some concerns about HIV testing.

It is great that you both used a condom and are keen on pursuing HIV testing, here at AIDS Vancouver we encourage routine testing. The sexual activity of vaginal sex with a condom and giving oral sex is distinguished as a Low Risk activity. This is because it does involve an exchange of body fluids and there have been a few reports of infection. On the other hand, receiving oral sex is distinguished a Negligible Risk as there is an exchange of body fluids, but there has never been a confirmed report. It is important to note that the use of a condom during your sexual encounter immensely reduces the likelihood of you being at risk of acquiring HIV.

While it is recommended to get routine testing, official HIV testing guidelines state that at 12 weeks post exposure all HIV test generate completely conclusive results. On the other hand, it might be best to partner with your personal doctor regarding your hepatitis test, as it is better to tackle that issue sooner rather than later.

Below I have attached an HIV Transmission Equation chart, which goes into further detail about the necessary factors that are required for there to be a risk of HIV transmission.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION

BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection

= RISK OF HIV TRANSMISSION

For more information on HIV you can visit HIV and AIDS Basics.

Regards,

Chris, Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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