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Question: 

Hello doctor
Before two months, I met a Indipendent call girl in India whoses HIV status was unknown. We deeply kissed each other while kissing I rubbed her vagina. Within one or two minitues, I touched my pensis shaft with the same hand. After five minitues, I washed my penis and proceed to Vaginal intercourse with the condom. It last hardly for 3 minitues. I sure the condom was not broken.

Since then i am spending sleepless nights with fear. I am too much worried about the intercourse. I sufferd with sore throat in between 5 to 6 weeks with a mild fever(99.5 F) twice after the encounter and now with throat infection.

I undergone HIV spot test thrice at 8, 28 and 38 days after exposure and they come non-reactive for HIV 1 and 2.

Could you please help me is there any chance of virus transmission? (even if she is in window period)

Thank you

Answer: 

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

It sounds like you've had an encounter that has left you feeling really worried about HIV. Before answering your questions, I want to clarify that we at AIDS Vancouver are not doctors; we are trained volunteers.

Based on what you've described, I'm going to break things down into the various activities and talk about the risk of HIV from each one. First off, let's talk about kissing. Kissing is considered a no risk activity - even if the commercial sex worker was HIV positive, there is no way you could have gotten HIV from kissing alone. The act of rubbing her vagina and then touching your penis with the same hand, or what we call non-insertive masturbation, is also considered a no risk activity. Lastly, vaginal intercourse with a condom is considered a low risk activity. This means that there have been a few reports of HIV transmission from this activity, but these cases have been under really specific circumstances (i.e. the condom breaking). Since you are certain the condom did not break, this means your risk is even lower. If you're looking for some more information about how HIV can and cannot be transmitted, feel free to check out this website: AVERT.

It's unfortunate that you experienced a sore throat and fever after this encounter, but it's important to know that symptoms are not a good indicator to tell whether or not someone has HIV. The reason for this is symptoms can appear the same as the symptoms of so many other illnesses and conditions - even ones that just go away on their own. The only way to know whether or not you have HIV is to get tested, which is what you've done. (Great job on deciding to get tested, by the way!) The HIV spot test is also known as a rapid test, and it looks for antibodies that your body produces against the HIV virus. Most people develop detectable antibodies within 21 to 25 days post-exposure, so your 2 non-reactive (negative) results at 28 and 38 days post-exposure are really good signs that you do not have HIV. However, based on the guidelines that we follow in British Columbia (Canada), we do not consider test results to be conclusive until 12 weeks post-exposure. So, you might want to get tested once more at the 12 week mark.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Take care,

Erin

Helpline Volunteer

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