Anonymous
Good Afternoon! I am a bi-married man, who has had a few sexual encounters with men, all protected - but twice I had a condom break, and subsequently I have taken the OraQuick Home test every month for the past 12 months. I have recently learned two individuals are HIV - Undetectable, but neither are sure if they were infected during our encounter. I have never tested positive, but show symptoms of HIV.....Oral Thrush, Rash, Sporadic Headaches around my eyes, Night Sweats, and diarrhea. I am scared to death, and afraid to go to my doctor. I have read many cases, of similar nature, and the symptoms I'm experiencing can be self induced (with the exception of Thrush) from stress and anxiety.

Looking for direction and support!
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you are concerned about the reliability of your tests results as well as some symptoms that you have been experiencing.


It's great that you are pursuing HIV testing! 95% of HIV infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks post exposure, with all tests considered conclusive at 3 months post exposure. Any test that you have taken 3 months post exposure is considered conclusive and you can trust that result.


We currently do not attribute any symptoms to HIV, whereas HIV presents itself differently in different people. The symptoms that you have been experiencing could be indicative of other viral infections, therefore, I would recommend that you visit your health care provider. You can search for the cause of your symptoms and discuss a treatment plan with your health care provider.


I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • CATIE - HIV Basics


  • Regards,

    Hilary

    AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
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