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i had sex with sex workers two time one is on November and other on January 17 on both times there was a breakage first one continued nearly 3 to 5 min and second one 3 min then i stopped on 19th Jan i noted a small red dots on my head of pennis and on evening two more on 19 i taken 4th generation elisa which was negative and 22 jan p24 antigen on 25th i went to skin clinic they gave me a cream within two days all the thing in pennis has cleared and from 19th jan i was fatigue and light pains in joints in skin clinic they advised me for diabetes test and after 6 weeks from jan 17 i taken 4th generation elisa it is also negative and on 12th week result also 4th generation elisa that too negative is that accurate result
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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, and the results of some tests you've had since then. We're happy to answer your questions for you.

Because the condom broke during your encounters, they are classified as high risk. This does not mean that transmission occurred, but that of the transmissions that have occurred, most have been due to situations such as these. How long your encounter lasted after you noticed the breakage in the condom does not effect the risk level of the situation. So it's great you decided to go for testing after these situations considering the risk levels involved.

Here is a bit of information on the test you've had:

You'll see that the test is considered conclusive, meaning the results are taken as accurate, 3 months (or 12 weeks) post-exposure. The test you have on January 19th was likely taken too soon to provide any meaningful results. The test you had at 6 weeks post-exposure was a good indicator of your status, but did not conclusively show your status at that time. However, the test you had 12 weeks post-exposure is considered conclusive, meaning the results should be taken as accurate. This means you do not require further testing, as this test is accurate.

We at AIDS Vancouver are not healthcare providers, so cannot comment on any symptoms you might be experiencing. Testing (which you've already gone for) is the only way to diagnose an HIV infection. This is because the symptoms of an HIV infection closely mimic the symptoms of many other common medical conditions. You already have, but we always recommend people experiencing symptoms they're concerned about to get them evaluated by a healthcare provider.

We also encourage you to check out one of our favourite resources at [SmartSex ](http://smartsexresource.com/topics/condoms)for some tips on condom use. They have a lot of other great information as well.

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

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

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