had sex with a sex worker which is hiv negative and the condom accidentally broke and i ejaculated inside her .
experienced flu like symptoms and and many associated symptoms like headache, lightheadedness and nightsweat

tested using rapid hiv test 5 months and it show negative
do i still need to check up ?
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about your status considering an encounter you had a few months ago. We're happy to answer that question for you.

First off, it's great you decided to use a condom for your encounter as they substantially reduce the risk of both HIV transmission and the transmission of other STIs. As it seems you're aware, if the condom breaks during intercourse there is a high risk of HIV transmission occurring. So it's great you were proactive and decided to go for testing after this encounter.

As for the test you had, here is a bit more information on it:

You'll see in the table that this test is considered conclusive, meaning the results are taken as accurate, 3 months post exposure. Since it had been 5 months since the exposure your results can be considered conclusively negative, and you do not need further testing.

As for the symptoms you're currently experiencing, we at AIDS Vancouver are not healthcare providers so cannot comment on any symptoms you're currently experiencing. That said, the symptoms of an HIV infection closely mimic many other common conditions. The only way to know your status conclusively is to go for testing, which you've already done. If you have any concerns about any symptoms you're experiencing, we encourage you to seek out a healthcare provider.

Again, it's great you decided to use a condom for your encounter. Should you want any additional information on condoms and condom use, check out one of our favourite resources at [SmartSex](

Thanks a lot for your question to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline, we hope your question has been answered fully.


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Rapid or “Point-of-Care” Blood or oral swab test that looks for antibodies. Up to 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks post exposure. Most people develop detectable antibodies in 21-25 days. Two forms of rapid test available: finger prick blood sample or oral swab. Oral swab test is most common in the U.S. but in Canada it is not approved and blood collection is more likely. Many places in the U.S. and abroad may charge a fee for rapid testing. Conclusive at 3 months post exposure. |