Anonymous
I had vaginal intercourse with a prostitute 3 weeks ago. I had used a condom. As far as I remember it was intact till the end. Now after three weeks I have slight fever and cold. Could I have contracted hiv. Pl tell me what test can I get to confirm that I am not infected.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We are happy to help answer your questions and provide some safe HIV testing guidelines to assure you achieve reliable test results:

* antibody tests for HIV are widely available in North America

* most individuals produce detectable antibodies as early as 21 to 25 days post-exposure, and 95% of HIV infections can be detected by an antibody test between 4 weeks and 6 weeks post-exposure

* 99.8% of HIV infections can be detected by an antibody test by 12 weeks post-exposure

Possible HIV tests: 3rd Generation EIA, Rapid/"Point-of-Care", 4th Generation EIA*

the 4th Generation EIA looks for the P24 antigen, and uses it as an indicator (in addition to antibodies) of if HIV has been acquired or not


Additionally, you have mentioned that the condom that you used stayed in tact. It's great that you are interested in getting an HIV test, and we suggest all sexually active individuals be tested for HIV regularly, but it does not seem there is actually a risk of acquiring HIV from the exposure you have described:

* the condom was used adequately (no breaks) and therefore prevented the exchange of bodily fluids from happening
* you are not living with another STI that could increase access to the bloodstream during activities that would not otherwise present a risk

Having said that, there seems to be no actual risk of acquiring HIV from the situation you have described here. We noticed you had engaged in protected sexual intercourse with a commercial sex worker, and we want to let you know that it does not affect the level of risk associated with your exposure. By using a condom adequately, you have protected yourself from being at-risk of acquiring HIV.


For future reference, the following websites can be used to locate HIV testing sites:

In Canada: http://www.hiv411.ca

In U.S.A: http://www.aids.gov

In Vancouver: http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/anonymous-testing

We trust we have answered your questions and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. Feel free to contact us again, or call, for immediate assistance with general inquiries.

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer

[AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline](www.helpline.aidsvancouver.org)


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