Anonymous
Dear all,

I am writing to ask about something related to HIV testing because I am so much confused and worried.

I had a protected sex with a girl on 12.10.2015 (with unknown status of HIV) . Although It was protected, the reason why I am worried is that I did not have full erection in that night and I am afraid that because of rubbing something entered inside me. One week after we had kind of clothed foreplay and every thing finished there.

I did an HIV Ab+AG test on the 27.11.2015 and It was negative.
On the 12.12.2015, I started to have some fatigue, nausea and dizziness and Loss of appetite. So I did the HIV AB+AG test again on the 22.12.2015 and It was negative. Then I waited three months after exposure to do another test and it was negative on 21.01.2016.

I am still worried whether I have to wait to do another test or the tests I have done are conclusive?. Please help me

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your consideration.
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Anonymous
Hi there! Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions/concerns. We're happy to help.

I'm sorry to hear that you've been worried and concerned about this situation. That's never a fun situation to be in. I hope my answer will be able to help you.

Your exposure was a Low Risk exposure because you had protected sex with a condom, which is great! Condoms are the best way to protect yourself against STIs including HIV.

In terms of testing, here in Canada, all HIV tests are considered to be conclusive at 12 weeks (84 days exactly). This means that your 3 month test is definitely conclusive, and you do not require further testing. Congratulations!
Additionally, for further peace of mind, the combo test you took is a 4th generation test which most HIV specialists now consider to be conclusive at just 6 weeks post exposure.

Finally, in regards to symptoms, here at AV we do not go by symptoms to classify or diagnose HIV, as they are vague and often mimic other viral infections like the flu. Testing is therefore the only way to know, and since you have a conclusive negative result, that's great! If these symptoms continue to bother you, contact a doctor to determine the cause.

I hope this helped! Please visit avert.org for more information about HIV transmission and testing!

Sincerely,

Christina

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