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Question: 

Hie..
I received unprotected oral sex from a sex worker on the 4th of June..i wasn't worried and got tested for HIV (blood test) on the 10th of July (36 Days later) results came back negative..two days later i started experiencing Flu like symptoms, Headache, a fever five days later and sore throat...now i am extremely worried this be seroconversion..i hope i am wrong..and its winter time this side.

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission and the reliability of your test results.

First of all, Commercial Sex Trade Workers are no more likely than any one else to be HIV positive. For this reason, on this forum we focus on the activities performed and not the individuals involved in the activities.

Receiving Oral Sex is considered a Negligible Risk activity. This means that it can present a potential for HIV transmission because it can involve the exchange of body fluids. However, there has never been a confirmed report

Here are some reasons why it is considered Negligible Risk:

  • HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit.

  • Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV.

HIV presents itself differently in different people, therefore we cannot comment on the symptoms that you have been experiencing. HIV is not diagnosed based on symptoms. I would, however, recommend that you contact your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and develop a treatment plan. Symptoms can be indicative of other viral infections.

95% of infections are delectable within 4 - 6 weeks of exposure. You say you had a test at 36 days, which is in the 6th week. Your test came back negative. This is very good.

All tests are considered conclusive 3 months post exposure. If you are still concerned after having read the information above, I would recommend that you get at test after the 3 month mark. The test that you take will be considered conclusive.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org