Anonymous
hi i meet one girl last 05/03/2015. i used condom also. but now i know that she had hiv positive. so plz tell tell me which test perpar to me ?
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

First, I would like to congratulate you for using a condom. Condoms are the best and most effective way to protect yourself from all STI's, including HIV.

In your case, protected vaginal sex is considered a low risk activity. The reason it is low risk is because you used a condom that provided a barrier, preventing direct access for the virus to enter your bloodstream. So while there is a potential for HIV transmission in low risk cases, there have been few reports of infection occurring in this manner. Even if you had sex with a HIV positive person, your risk still remains low if the condom did not break.

AIDS Vancouver recommends that all sexually active people be tested on a regular basis for all STI's, including HIV. HIV testing is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV. I think it is wonderful that you would like to get tested and I will try to help you find a clinic near you. Before you get tested, it would be helpful to know that according to the BC Center for Disease Control, all HIV tests are considered conclusive at 12 weeks or 3 months after your exposure. The reason for this is because HIV tests, such as the 3rd Generation or ELISA test, are designed to detect antibodies. If you have been infected, antibodies take 21-25 days to be made by your body. More recently, the World Health Organization stated that some HIV tests, such as the 4th Generation test or DUO test, are conclusive at 6 weeks. The reason this particular test is conclusive at 6 weeks is because it detects both antigens and antibodies. If you are infected, antigens are produced by your body right away and therefore, can be detected at an earlier time. However, the 4th generation test is not commonly used and in Vancouver, is only used in cases that are considered high risk.

Having said all that, it is recommended that you see your local health professional to determine the best possible test for you at these conclusive time periods. If you live in BC, please see this [link](http://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/clinic-finder) for testing sites nearby. If you do not, please see this[ website](https://aso411.ca/) to find a clinic near you.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions or check this[ website](http://www.avert.org/hiv-testing.htm) for further information on testing. Good luck on your testing!

Best Wishes,

Mary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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