Anonymous
Hi, you have a fantastically informative website that offers peace of mind for anxiety ridden people like myself! I had sex with a male sex worker a week ago, i am male. I am going out of my mind with worry that i have caught HIV. There was a lot of rubbing with his penis around my anus unprotected before protected penetration, the condom did not split. I have since had very painful haemorrhoids come up that bleed and am worried that there may have been open sores whilst the unprotected rubbing was happening. I have a RNA test booked on Monday, please could you answer me the following questions?

1. Is there a risk of HIV infection from these actions, even if there was open sores?
2. How accurate is the RNA test 10 days after exposure?
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline, I will try and answer your questions as best I can.

The risk level for unprotected rubbing around the penis around your anus, which was non-insertive would be considered no risk, like non-insertive masturbation. HIV cannot transfer into the bloodstream from the outside of the body. Plus, other body fluids such as semen, cannot enter your bloodstream after exposure to air.

It is great to hear you wore a condom. The protected anal sex with a condom is a low risk activity, like when the the condom broke or if another untreated STI is present.. There is a risk level present for HIV transmission when an exchange of body fluids can occur. However, there have only been few reports of infection attributed to these activities when risk factors are present and, it sounds like none of the relevant risk factors apply to your situation.

Symptoms can be attributed to many things so the only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to partner with your doctor and to get to get tested. It is great to see that you have a test booked.

A Pooled RNA NAAT test can be used as early as 10-12 days post exposure, and the accuracy is up to 90%. However, this test is unique since, the accuracy increases as time goes by: 90% @ 10 to 12 days P.E; 95-98% @6 weeks P.E, and 99% @ 12 weeks P.E. In BC all tests are considered conclusive at 3 months/12 weeks.

Please check our website http://www.aidsvancouver.org[www.aidsvancouver.org](www.aidsvancouver.org) and for a risk level assessment [http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart).

Best Wishes,

Renee

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