Anonymous
We had been having unprotected sex for a few months and we stopped a month ago. I am just getting symptoms now. Can I rule out HIV because we had been doing it for so long and it had not happened before?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for contacting our Helpline for HIV related information. We are happy to assist you.

HIV cannot be diagnosed or "ruled out" based on the presence or absence of any types of symptoms. First of all, it is important to be aware that there are no symptoms that can definitively indicate HIV. *Some people* experience acute HIV symptoms, usually resembling the flu, about 2-6 weeks post infection, but these are very non-specific and could also be caused by other things. The only way to know your HIV status is through testing

We recommend that all sexually active individuals get tested on a regular basis. For high risk activities such as unprotected sex, you may choose to get tested more often. Keep in mind that HIV antibody tests (the most common tests) are conclusive 3 months after an exposure, but are 95% accurate 4-6 weeks after an exposure.


I hope I have addressed your concerns. Feel free to contact us again through our forums, email, or phone line if you have further questions.

Thanks,

Sandra

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer


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