Anonymous
2 years ago i used 2 condoms on my penis and inserted it into a sex worker vagina.I just gave her 4 strokes and stopped as I Did not feel like having sex with her.Till now I did not find any symptoms of HIV in my body.I read in internet that symptoms will not appear for a long period.Please can you help me in clearing my doubt.I am too much worried about it.
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline as your source of HIV-related information.

The great thing about the progress we have made with HIV now is that there is absolutely no need to wait until symptoms appear to know whether you have the virus or not. We have highly reliable and accurate tests that can give you conclusive results at 3 months after an exposure! If you are worried about HIV and have never been tested before, now may be the perfect opportunity to do so. The only way to know your status is to get tested, and particularly because (and as you mentioned) symptoms of infection may take many years to appear.

I also wanted to mention that it is not necessary to use two condoms during sex. In fact, this may actually increase the likelihood of the condoms breaking or tearing due to increased friction. Using a single condom that is the right size and is worn correctly is actually much more effective than using two condoms. For more information on condoms and how to use them effectively, please have a look at the following links:
http://www.hivinsite.com/hiv?page=basics-00-09
http://www.aidsinfonet.org/fact_sheets/view/153

Additionally, your risk for HIV is not determined by the gender, race, occupation or age of the person you have sex with. Rather, it is the activities you engage in that determine your risk. Activities that are known to be high risk for HIV transmission are unprotected anal and vaginal sex and sharing injection needles. Having sex with a condom greatly reduces the risk for HIV transmission provided that the condom is used accurately.

Again, getting tested is the only way to know your status which should in turn help in alleviating the stress you are experiencing. Feel free to contact us again with any further questions or concerns.

All the best,
Lindila
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org
Phone (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm): (604) 696-4666
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