Anonymous
I did a dumb mistake by having srx with a sex worker and I'm scarec that maybe I caught something from her. I used a condom and it did not break at all. This action only lasted a little bit. I have not felt any symptoms dealing with STDs or hiv, but I'm kind of scared, if I caught something without knowing. I gave blood a march after this happen which was a month. Then at the beginning of april.. They drew blood from me again, but didn't find anything. Should I be scared or just for get about it ?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver, we are happy to help

It sounds like you are worried about the risk of HIV transmission after having protected sex with a sex worker.

Since you used a condom and stated that it did not break, this means that this was actually a LOW RISK activity. This means that there have only been a few reports of HIV infection attributed to this activity, usually under identifiable conditions. Please note that this information is for HIV only and does not speak for other STIs. Here at AIDS Vancouver we only focus on HIV, however I would encourage you to see your health care provider to get more information on other STI transmission and testing.

Although this activity is a low risk activity, we do recommend regular HIV testing for all individuals who are sexually active. You did mention that you got a blood test one month after your sexual encounter, however it is a little unclear as to which test you took and whether it was for HIV or for another STI. If it was a test for HIV in Canada, the most common test is the 3rd generation or ELISA test, which can detect 95% of infections in 4-6 weeks. Most tests however have a higher accuracy 3 months after the exposure date. I would recommend that you speak with your health care provider about which test you took and whether or not you should take a repeat test after three months. I have also provided a link to more information on testing:

http://www.hiv411.ca (Canada)
http://www.aids.gov (USA)

Thank you again for contacting us at AIDS Vancouver,

Sincerely,

Raveena

AV volunteer

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