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Question: 

Hello,

I have been drunk and engaged into sex with sexual worker on 7/08/15 . I received and gave unprotected oral (short time both). Two days later I got sore throat, fatigue and light fever 37.4c. On that time I just came from a long trip and had also jetlag. It was gone after three days, fever itself on second day. But since that I am gotting sore throat Every 2-3 days if drink cold or smoke a lot, but no fever. My wife got a candidosis (that what doctor said), next day after having unprotected vaginal intercourse with me (24/08/15) and today got a sore throat, no fever.

Was I at risk, as i can find quite contradictive info? Is test for HIV warranted? Does symptoms look like HIV?

In July (14 to 17) I had strep throat and seems that I didn't complete proper antibiotic test.

Thanks

Answer: 

Hello and thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver. We are happy to help answer your question.

HIV transmission is not about the person you sexually engage with, but the activity itself, so lets focus on that. Receiving oral sex is a negligible risk activity - which means that although it involves exchange of body fluids, there has never been a confirmed report of infection by this activity. Giving oral sex is a low risk activity - which means that there have been a few reports of infection, but under certain identifiable conditions such as a pre-existing STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection).

We do not look at symptoms as indicators of HIV infection because symptoms can look like symptoms of any other viral infection. Testing is the only way to know your HIV status for sure.

Although your experience was at low risk, we always recommend everyone who is sexually active to have a routine of regular testing for HIV and STIs, because knowing your status is very important for both you and your partner's health. HIV testing is widely available and reliable when tested at the right testing window period. At 3 months after exposure, HIV tests will give you conclusive results.

I hope I was able to answer your questions. You can read more about HIV testing here, all if you would like to know more region-specific information on HIV testing resources you can always email us at helpline@aidsvancouver.org as well.

All the best,
Risa, Helpline Volunteer

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