Anonymous
Okay 3 months ago i stupidly had sex for the first time unprotected. I was fine until.i had a strange discharge after 3 weeks i went to the doctor i had a std. And i got treated and tested for everything including hiv. I got sick like i threw up, a low fever and i lost my voice 3 days after sex. I got tested again after 11 weeks. Because i started to have swollen nodes on my neck and my tonsils were swollen for 3 weeks with bumps on my throat it doesn't hurt just every once in a while. My test was negative and everything started to go away. Someone said i should get tested again should i? Could i still have it?i took the test where they prick your finger i forgot what its called sorry.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to help.

Unprotected sex is one of the most common ways to transmit both STIs and HIV- so it was a good thing you got tested! I'm sorry to hear about all of your symptoms, that doesn't sound very nice! However, with regards to symptoms, we don't use them to determine HIV status here at AIDS Vancouver for a few reasons. Some people show them upon acquirement, others do not, and they often get confused with other illnesses like the flu or STIs.

In terms of your testing, I should let you know that the BCCDC considers all HIV tests conclusive after 3 months (12 weeks) post-exposure. Since you took your final test after 11 weeks, this cannot be considered conclusive yet. However, please note that rapid tests are very accurate at this time. Within 6 weeks they are already 95% accurate (but not conclusive). It is your decision whether or not you wish to pursue a final test after the 12 week mark.

I hope I have answered your questions and provided you with some useful information. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us again.

In health,

Caroline

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online Volunteer

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm PST

604-253-0566 ext 299

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