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Newish relationship


I've recently started a new relationship with a girl.

We are using condoms all the time and before our relationship started afew months ago I had just tested myself as per my yearly routine and I was negative.

I get tested routinely as when I was single I did visit sex workers regularly but I was always a safe sex user as were the workers.

On that note I have just found out that my new love interest worked as a sex worker previously.....I'm willing to ignore it and move forward with her as it's no real issue as she doesn't do it anymore.

Anyway I want to know if she did have HIV would I have been at risk? We always use protection.

Do I need to worry or stress?

We are getting her tested in 2 months as she only recently stopped work about 1.5 months ago and we have only been together for a

I'm sort of stressing and worried.

The condom never failed at all.....so was I at risk at all or can I relax and just continue my yearly testing?

Single father worries


I'm alittle concerned.

I got an unprotected handjob from a csw followed by protected sex with no condom breakage or slipping from memory....I was Abit drunk but I do remember a condom being put on me and taken off after I ejaculated plus the lady said that she got tested last week and she's clean and a mother herself....she also said that she has to get tested regularly or the brothel won't let her work without a medical certificate and she always uses condoms.

I get tested regularly for sti's roughly every 6 months.

Should I test specifically for this occasion? Was I at risk at HIV acquisition?

Or can I just follow my regular testing routine?

I'm concerned as I'm a father and tend to cut my hands rather frequently due to my job and I don't want to get my son infected from a cut on my hand.

I need your help pleaaaaaase

I need your help please.
After 68 days of my last protected vaginal sex/ unprotected oral sex with a stripper in South west of Asia , I developed flu -like symptoms including high fever, cough and sweat all the time due to the high fever. These syptoms lasted for 5 days exactly to the day 73 .In the day 71( after exactly 10 weeks) I did hiv combo test and came back negative. I also did 2 other combo tests one of them conducted after 5 weeks of the exposure and the other after 8 weeks of exposure and both came back negative.
Could you please answer my questiins:
1) is it possible for aars not to be present until the 10th week like my situation described above?
2) if my syptoms mentioned above ( after 68 days) were due to hiv ; then my 71 combo test would be positive .right?

Xmas stupidity


I stupidly went to a csw and I got a handjob without a condom then had protected intercourse with a condom. There was no breakage of the condom.

Was I at risk for HIV?

Do I need to test specifically for this case or is my 6 monthly routine test okay?

Require a test or not for HIV

I had a sex in Amserdam on my trip there with a Sex Worker. I do not know about the status of the worker, whether she was positive or not. The Sexual encounter lasted for 5-10 minutes and everything was done with a condom. The oral sex was also done with a condom and the vaginal sex was also with a Condom.

I am facing sore throat and a bit feverish after 2 weeks and doubting whether this is HIV or not. It can be due to cold weather as I am outside and susceptible to cold. Please suggest the probability and the nearest time frame when should I get myself tested. Also, this was my first sexual encounter and have never shared needles with anyone (not having drugs).

Please clear my doubts and suggest a time to get tested.


Hi, and thank you for all you do. My exposure was protected vaginal sex and deep kissing after the guy I was with got punched in the mouth and was bleeding. It has been 4 months since the exposure and I have repeatedly tested negative with rapid antibody testing ( one of many at 3.5 months) I am experiencing night sweats on and off, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, and discomfort in my throat which persists since the incident. Are my results considered conclusive even after continuously experiencing these symptoms? Do I need to test at 6 months? I'm so scared, thank you for your time.

HIV transmission in window period

Can a person infect another with HIV when they are in the window period and they do not have detectable antibodies in their blood? I had a needle stick from HIV negative and hepatitis c patient and I tested negative for both at 6 and 12 weeks. I'm scared I will test HIV positive at 6 months because the patient could have been in the window period.

about hiv testing for antibodies

i heard some dont test positive for 6 months after possible exposure. is that true.. what is pre immuno deficiency?. i tested negative after 1 month of having protected sex with a sex worker. but i know condoms arent 100% safe. can i consider hiv testing after 3 months as conclusive.. or should i have to take tests after 6 months also.



I had protected sex with a girl while she was menstruating. There wasn't that much blood on the condom, and it lasted about 2 minutes. Previous to that she had tested negative for HIV (I don't know if she cheated on me before the intercourse, I'm a bit paranoid). Six weeks and 4 days after the intercourse I got tested for HIV, STDs, etc. and got a negative result. It was an HIV Duo test. One doctor told me that I shouldn't be worried about, everything's fine. And another doctor told me the same, plus that blood or not blood on the condom, the risk is the same. Should I get the 12 week test? I'm feeling very weird recently, loss of appetite, pains, lightheaded, etc.

I also had another exposure to that one but it was unprotected frottage, which was 8.5 weeks before the test.


Reliability of test

Dear helpline,

I had a exposure protected anal(me being insertive) and unprotected oral(insertive too).

My concern was during the intercourse the penetration wasn't done with proper lubrication as I used some lotion(which contain alcohol) instead. As the light was on throughout I'm sure it didn't break till I withdraw( at least it seemed so not that I could see if any small breakage on it).

Prior to that I did have some razorburn due to shaving my pubic hair 3 days before the exposure.

Knowing that symptoms are none HIV specific so I tried to ignore sporadic itchiness of my body, Seborrheic Dermatitis and gingitivy although I do know that high percentage of HIV patients facing those problems too.

However here's are the tests I took in past 2 months after the exposure
5th week rapid blood test
6th week rapid blood test
7th week rapid blood test/ EIA (3rd generation)
9th week rapid blood test
All test were negative.

My questions:
1) although I'm going to to get tested again on 12th week, just would like to get reassurance that if there's possibility of getting tested positive after 9th week test if someone seroconvert later than the 95% of vast majority.

2) my skin condition has change drastically lately, even though I know no one should judge on the symtoms to determine one is infected but I'm still feeling insecure as things just fallen on the exact timeline of HIV infection.( I had low grade fever, fatigue weakness of muscle and diarrhea 3 week post of exposure) How likely a person could been through ARS and still get tested negative after weeks?

3) I took both EIA and rapid test on the 7th week, my thought was even 1 of the test couldn't pick up the existence antibodies and the other one should do so I wonder if I could see the negative result from both tests a good indication of my status? ( not conclusive I know that's for sure, I mean judging from the standard timeframe of HIV serology)

Thanks for reading this and hope you could give some advices.



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