Anonymous
Hello doc,

My condom burst during an intercourse with a CSW, and my penis was expose for about 3-5 seconds. It was on the 3rd of November, 2015. I took a pep course for 28 days. i got tested on the 12th of January, 2016 , and the result was negative. I have sore throat with un-digestion of food (diarrhea). Is this a ARS of HIV? Is there any chance that I might be infected? Given the worst case scenario as the csw was infected?

Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

Protected sex (sex with a condom) is considered to be low risk. This accounts for situations in which the condom is not used properly or breaks. If the condom breaks and there is an exchange of bodily fluids it would still be considered to be low risk but with a condition of increased risk (picture being on the high end of low risk).

When PEP is taken it affects the window period in which HIV is detectable on a test. For conclusive results an HIV test has to be taken 12 week (3 months) after FINISHING your dose of PEP. It can also be noted that about 95% of HIV infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks after exposure or finishing PEP, so it is always possible to take a test after this time and then take another test at 12 weeks.

In regards to the symptoms you've been experiencing, at AIDS Vancouver we do not go by symptoms as an indicator of HIV. This is because symptoms can be present for any number of reasons that are not related to HIV. My recommendation would be to consult with your doctor about the symptoms you've been experiencing.

For more information about HIV you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or CATIE.ca.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

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