Anonymous
Hello there. I'm from indonesia, can I ask something question in this forum?
I am extremely worried that I have contracted HIV. I get regret when after have anal sex 3 days ago.
I have anal sex with a man, his penis was on my anus without condom I'm already notice him but he force me. now, I am extremely worry.
1. when I have to test hiv?
2. what should I do now?

thanks before.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks 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. We're happy to answer your question for you.

Penetrative sex without a condom is classified as a high risk situation. High risk means that of the transmissions that have occurred, most have occurred from situations such as these. This does not mean that HIV transmission occurred in your case. We encourage you to check out our [risk assessment page](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart) to see the risks associated with other common activities.

We'd recommend you seek out a clinic in your area offering what is called PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis. PEP is essentially medication that prevents the virus from replicating and establishing an infection were you to be exposed. It is very important that you seek out this treatment as soon as possible, as it is only effective within the first few days of having your exposure. It is 1 month of oral anti-retroviral medication. Unfortunately it will be some time before you know your status after this encounter conclusively. PEP itself is 1 month of therapy, and the window period for HIV tests resets to when PEP therapy is completed. So if your exposure was today, and the window period is three months, taking PEP for 1 month extends the window period to 4 months. The clinic will likely provide you with more guidance on when you should be getting testing. As we mentioned, while this was a high risk situation we'd encourage you to try not to worry. High risk does not mean that a transmission occurred. You've already taken great steps in seeking out advice from reliable sources.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question. We hope our answer has given you a bit of guidance on what to do from here.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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