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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.


usage of condoms

im really depressed. i had sex with a sex worker a 45 days ago in united kingdom. i was scared and i did'nt cum, but still i was into her for 2 to 3 minutes and i heard that spermicidal lubricated and made condoms possess a risk of transmitting hiv infection.. she was the one who had condoms and i dont know what type she used..will i have any chance of infection if it was a spermicidal lubricated and manufactured condom. i only know it was a rubber condom.. sorry if the question sounds very silly. but im really scared.. i took the hiv blood test after one month and it came as negative. please reply me as soon as possible. and sorry for asking this kind of question. im asking this question because she looked as if she was she was infected.

Not sure if condom broke (at 21 days post exposure)

Hi. I had sex with a sex worker, and am unsure about the expiration of the condom that I used. She put it on for me, and I fear that her nails may have pierced the tip of the condom. We had sex for about 1-2 minutes, and I noticed little pre-cum in the condom, after which I stopped and rolled out the condom, then dropping it on the chair. After 10 minutes, I did not notice the pre-cum anymore. I fear that there is a tiny hole in the condom that I couldn't see, although i did not notice any spills on the floor or the chair (I was drunk so I didn't check the tip of the condom). I replaced the condom, and then we continued for about 10 minutes after which I released cum, and it did not leak. I developed a sore throat after 1 week, though there was harmattan, but I have had no other symptoms since then, except the occassional tiredness which is probably due to waking up early and coming in late due to work. It is 21 days now, and I want to go and test. I am scared that the condoms may have expired, and put me at risk. I am also scared that I may test positive if the condom was expired and had microscopic holes. Please help me in this situation. Thanks

Is there any Risk ???

I had sex with a sex worker and i put condom on while having sex.. and after sex i also filled out water in it and there was no leaking in condom.. So is there any risk of getting some disease.. and i also fingered that girl by wearing a glove on my hand.. So i want to know is there any risk of getting any disease and any testing required ??

Answers will be appreciated.

need help please

hello.first of all i want to thank you because this site is very useful and informative.i have a few questions.
1.my exposure are protected vaginal,protected oral,deep french kiss,1 week laceration on hand.after sex i checked the condom with fill the water inside it and theres no leakage.but i forgot my hand hv laceration it may touch the vaginal fluids.during the deep kiss i didnt taste any blood.my scrotum just recover from fungal infection week before.theres no open cut or sores.for above concern i mention what is the risk of hiv?
2.the day after sex i start develop a symptoms such as dry mouth,shivering,lose stool,muscle pain,few rash on chest lose 4kg of weight and it last until week 5.i hv elisa test 2week after exposure it is non rective.but hsv-1 positive.but the doctor said theres nothing to worry.then i have hiv ag/ab test at 6week n 2day after exposure.it is non reactive.the doctor said i didnt have hiv and told me to move on.no need to test anymore.
3.after 6 week i didnt experience any symptoms and after the exposure i didnt hv any fever.the doctor said the symptoms before were due to stress.
could you please give me your point of view.i hv 3 papers more to complete my study and it seem like i will never to complete it if i have hiv..
thank you..may god bless you all.


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