Anonymous
It's approximately 41 days since I got exposed unprotected. I have mild fever for couple of hours, cold sore in mouth, diarrhea, fatigue, stomach ache now and then, mild sore throat. My anxiety is super high. Please tell me are these symptoms. I am really really freaking out. Please help me.
Quote
Anonymous
Hi,

Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I will try and answer your questions as best I can.

Having unprotected sex is a high risk activity. There is no way to know for sure whether you have HIV through your symptoms. Usually someone can get strong flu like illness, 2-3 weeks after infection but not all people do. Since HIV symptoms can mirror other viral infections or can be explained by other things, testing is really the only way to know.

There are many great tests out there. We recommend the 3rd Generation (ELISA) or the Rapid (results in minutes) tests. The tests can be done 4 weeks to 3 months (although up to 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks). Most people have detectable antibodies 21-25 days. World Health Organization considers all test results conclusive at 12 weeks. Since it was 41 days since you had unprotected sex, you can get a test result that is 95% detectable.

For further information you can check out our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org[www.aidsvancouver.org] or give us a phone call at (604)-696-4666.

Best Wishes,

Renee

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
Quote

ABOUT THE HELPLINE | SUPPORT OUR WORK | RISK ASSESSMENT CHART | ANONYMOUS TESTING | DISCLAIMER | CONTACT

Charitable Registration #
10668 9896 RR0001


© 2019 helpline.aidsvancouver.org
Privacy Policy
Disclaimer

OUR ADDRESS

1101 Seymour Street
Suite 235, 2nd Floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 0R1
Canada


GET IN TOUCH

Main Phone: 604-893-2201
Fax: 604-893-2205
Email: contact@aidsvancouver.org