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Hello! I was tested at 6 weeks by my doctor (blood test) and I did an at home (Oraquick) test one year and two months later. Both were negative. I have had some quirky health issues in the meantime, and I just can't help but think of HIV possibility. What brought me to be tested was a short-lived relationship with a deceptive person who was had many sex partners. We had sex six times, most was protected. However, the condom slipped off once and once nothing was used.
Thank you for your guidance.


Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during an encounter. We're happy to answer your question for you.

You mention that one time a condom was not used an encounter. Sex without a condom is considered a high risk activity, meaning that of the transmissions that have occurred, most have occurred from activities such as these. This does not mean that a transmission occurred in your case. To see the risk levels of this and many other activities, we encourage you to check out our risk assessment page. You'll see that sex with a condom is considered a low risk activity. Low risk means that while transmissions are possible, they require specific circumstances (like the condom breaking or falling off).

While we aren't sure what test you had exactly at 6 weeks, most HIV tests are considered conclusive by 12 weeks post exposure. The OraQuick test is not approved for use in Canada due to concerns over its accuracy, so we will not comment on the results of this test. We recommend you head to a clinic and get another confirmatory test just to be sure of your present status.

As for the symptoms you are experiencing, we at AIDS Vancouver are not healthcare providers, so cannot comment on them. However, HIV infections are never diagnosed based on symptoms alone simply because the symptoms of an HIV infection are quite common to many other common medical conditions. Testing is the only way to diagnose an HIV infection. If you're concerned about any symptoms you're experiencing, we'd encourage you to see a healthcare provider.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.


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