Anonymous
Thanks for the wonderful work that you are doing, your consulting really helps to reduce the anxiety & nerves. I had sex with 2 sw's with condom, but was not sure of the act & also anxious of hiv, I had pharyngitis after 7 weeks & still the throat hurts with lymph nodes, Now I have tested on the 84th day after my last exposure with tri- dot method which came negative, I'm now in much more peace & consider this result as conclusive. Should I consider this test as conclusive & move on with life or need further tests. Thanks again for great service!
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as a source for HIV/AIDS related information. I am glad to hear that the HIV helpline has been helpful.

First of all I would like to congratulate you for using a condom as it is the safest way to protect both you and your partner.

Secondly, a commercial sex worker is not necessarily a higher risk for HIV than anyone else. Anyone can pass HIV, no matter what occupation, age, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. It is the activity that poses an HIV risk, not the individual.

Pharyngitis is not a symptom of HIV, although I would encourage you to consult your healthcare professional if it continues because it is a symptom of another illness.

It is good to know that you have taken the initiative to receive the Rapid Test. It looks for antibodies that the body develops in response to an HIV infection. Unlike the 3rd Generation ELISA Test, a Rapid test is completed in front of a healthcare professional by pricking a person's finger with a lancet. Blood from the finger prick is collected, mixed with a clarifying solution and put through a filter which looks for antibodies. Results will be available within seconds to minutes of the actual test taking place.

The test is a good indicator of your status at the 6 week mark. Although many healthcare professionals consider this test conclusive at the 6 week mark, we follow the World Health Organisation guidelines which considers all HIV testing conclusive at three months or 84 days.

I trust I have addressed your concerns, however should further information be required feel free to contact us again.

In health, Harman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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